Program Goal:

The goal of the Main Street Bounceback Grants program is to provide financial support to businesses that move into existing vacant commercial properties, helping to create a foundation for long-term success for themselves and their communities.

Program description:

The Main Street Bounceback Grants program provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. Funds can be used to pay leases or mortgages, operational expenses and other business costs related to the newly opened location. The program is open to new or existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021. Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act and will be distributed by WEDC’s regional partners. Businesses must apply through the partner organization for the region in which they are located.

Program Eligibility:

Main Street Bounceback Grants are available to for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations meeting the following criteria:

  • The business is located within the region administered by the regional partner organization to which it applied

  • The business either is moving into a vacant commercial space or has moved into a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021

  • The business can certify that it has not or will not vacate a commercial space in Wisconsin to become eligible to claim this grant

Businesses are ineligible to apply for the grants if they are:

  • Part of a national or regional chain, unless the business is an independently owned and operated franchise

  • A home-based business or property landlord, unless they are moving their business functions into the vacant commercial space

  • Real estate investment firms that intend to hold the property for investment purposes only

  • Engaged in any illegal activity under federal, state or local law

Or if they intend to use the space for:

  • Storage only

  • Residential purposes

I’M INTERESTED, WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP?

Fill out the form below, including the county where you are located, so that we can have the right regional partner reach out to you about applying for the grant:

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You will be receiving an email shortly letting you know who in your region will be reaching out to you about the grant soon. In the meantime, register your business with WEDC to stay up to date on all the programs, resources and support we and our regional economic development partners offer businesses like yours.

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Let us know who you are, so we can let you know how we can help. Whether or not Main Street Bounceback Grants are the right fit for you, when you register your business with WEDC you can stay up to date on all the programs, resources and support from us and our regional economic development partners. If you’re a Wisconsin small business owner, startup entrepreneur or established large business enterprise, you’re sure to receive information that will help you build an economy for all.

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