WEDC Announces Grants for Small Businesses: Applications Open June 15

June 10, 2020

We know things have been difficult for many Wisconsin small businesses, but today we are bringing you some potential good news! The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced that it will award 30,000 businesses with $2,500 grants to help with payroll, rent, mortgage, inventory, the cost of business interruption, and health and safety improvements.

These grants will go to businesses that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Business must be Wisconsin-based and for profit
  • Business cannot have more than 20 employees, including the owner
  • Business must have annual revenues greater than $0 but less than $1 million
  • Business must have started operating before January 1, 2020, and have been in business in February 2020

The grant application will be available at 8am on Monday, June 15, and it will be open through June 21, 2020, at 11:59pm. A link will be posted on the WEDC webpage.

In order to apply, you will need to have several documents on hand:

  • 2018 or 2019 federal tax return for business
  • Signed and dated W-9 form, which is available at www.irs.gov/pub-pdf/fw9.pdf
  • Letter from a community organizer indicating that you were operating in February 2020 (More information along with sample text for the letter can be found here.)

If you have more questions, the WEDC addresses many FAQs on their website. If you cannot find your answer there, they also provide a link to contact them as well as a phone number.

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