The grant provides $2,500 to 30,000 small businesses (20 or fewer employees) get back on their feet while also encouraging adoption of best practices to keep employees, customers, and communities safe.


Application period: June 15th to June 23rd at 10 a.m.

Grant Information Page: https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/wai-small-business-grant/

After the application period has closed, applications will be reviewed for eligibility and will be scored, ranked, and awarded based on industries with the greatest negative impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic, community distress and geographic dispersion. The applications will not be judged on a first come first serve basis.

Eligibility:
▪ Be a Wisconsin-based, for-profit business
▪ Employ 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, including the owner
▪ Earn greater than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues
▪ Start operating prior to Jan. 1, 2020 and have been in business as of Feb. 2020. (Seasonal businesses should use the highest total FTEs employed during the season)

Ineligibility:
▪ Business must not be part of a national chain, unless they are a third-party franchise
▪ Industries covered by other Wisconsin CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund programs are ineligible for this program:
• Crop Production
• Animal Production or Aquaculture
• Lessors of Residential Buildings and Dwellings (https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/LocalGovtsGrants/COVID-Grants.aspx)

Useful Links:
Grant Information Page: https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/wai-small-business-grant/
Grant FAQs: https://wedc.org/wai-small-business-grant-frequently-asked-questions/
Applicants will also need to provide the three-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code that best matches their business. This information may be included in their tax return and can be found here: https://www.naics.com/naics-code-description/.