USDA GRANT PROGRAMS
Rural Energy for America Program Grants : The REAP/RES/EEI Grants Program provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance. It also provides funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.
WEDC BOND PROGRAMS
Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) : The Department of Commerce’s Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) Program allows all Wisconsin cities, villages and towns to support industrial development through the sale of tax-exempt bonds. The proceeds from the bond sale are loaned to businesses to finance capital investment projects at, primarily, manufacturing facilities. Even though IRBs are municipal bonds, they are not general obligations of the municipality.
WEDC GRANT PROGRAMS
Trade Show Grant Program : This program is designed to encourage Wisconsin companies to seek out new international markets. Under the program, Wisconsin companies can be reimbursed up to $5,000 for specific expenses for participating in an approved trade show or matchmaker trade delegation event. Eligible shows must be outside the United States with one exception. Wisconsin companies marketing new hi-tech products with worldwide application may be approved for shows held within the United States which have significant international participation.
Community Development Block Grant- Economic Development: Purpose is to provide resources to local governments which will enable them to assist economic development projects in their community. The program objective is to provide jobs to low and moderate income individuals and expand the local tax base. Provides long-term, below market, fixed-rate funding for businesses that can demonstrate need.
Dairy 2020 : Dairy 2020 Early Planning Grants are intended to stir the start-up, modernization and expansion of Wisconsin dairy farms. Under the grant, WEN can provide up to $3,000 to pay for up to 75% of the cost of hiring an independent, third party to develop a comprehensive business plan.