Building vibrant communities in Wisconsin

The livelihood of our communities is directly linked to quality services and infrastructure that support economic competitiveness. Wisconsin communities that mobilize people and resources inspire positive and substantive local development. WEDC’s Community Development Investment Grant Program helps transform communities by supporting local development that is as unique as the communities in Wisconsin.

How It Works

The CDI Grant Program will support urban, small city and rural community (re)development efforts by providing financial incentives for shovel-ready projects with emphasis on, but not limited to, downtown community-driven efforts.

Eligibility Requirements

Grant recipients must demonstrate significant, measurable benefits in job opportunities, property values and/or leveraged investment by local and private partners in at least one of the following efforts:


  • Development of a significant destination attraction
  • Rehabilitation and reuse of an underutilized or landmark building
  • Infill development
  • Historic preservation
  • Infrastructure efforts providing substantial benefits to downtown residents/property owners
  • Mixed-use development

Eligible Activities

CDI Grant funds may be used for the following activities:


  • Building renovation
  • Historic preservation
  • Demolition
  • New construction
  • Infrastructure improvements

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