In Wisconsin

Community Development Assistance

Community Development Assistance

Leverage the support Wisconsin provides to local communities

Wisconsin provides many programs to help communities spur local economic development. And to help navigate the options, our Community Account Managers (CAMs) provide personalized support for the specific needs of your community, coordinating resources from various partner organizations as needed.


The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) operates one of the largest public lending programs in the state. The BCPL State Trust Fund Loan Program finances community and school projects across Wisconsin.

For more information, visit BCPL.

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) operates one of the largest public lending programs in the state. The BCPL State Trust ...

The Brownfield Program helps convert contaminated sites into properties that are ready for redevelopment by providing grant funds to assist local ...

Wisconsin’s Brownfield Site Assessment Grant (SAG) Program provides grant funds to assist local governments with conducting initial environmental ...

Capacity Building (CAP) Grant funds are designed to help strengthen Wisconsin’s economic development network by assisting local and regional economic ...

WEDC and partners have created consistent standards for this competitive industrial site certification program in Wisconsin.

The Community Development Investment Grant Program will support redevelopment efforts by providing financial incentives for shovel-ready projects ...

Connect Communities offers technical assistance and networking opportunities to local leaders interested in revitalizing their downtown or urban commercial ...

Economic Development Administration Federal Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Economic Development Administration's mission (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. The EDA provides grant programs for economic development assistance, regional planning and local technical assistance, and disaster prevention and relief.

For more information, visit the Economic Development Administration.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration's mission (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting ...

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans and environmental job training. To facilitate the leveraging of public resources, EPA's Brownfields Program collaborates with other EPA programs, other federal partners, and state agencies to identify and make available resources that can be used for brownfields activities. In addition to direct brownfields funding, EPA also provides technical information on brownfields financing matters.

For additional program details, visit the EPA.

he Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans and ...

First-Ring Industrial Redevelopment Enterprise Inc. New Market Tax Credit

A community development entity formed by the City of West Allis to issue tax credits, the First-Ring Redevelopment Enterprise Inc. (FIRE) successfully received over $100 million in new market tax credits from the U.S. Department of Treasury. The organization is using these funds to help finance developments in low-income areas throughout the metropolitan Milwaukee area.

For more information, visit the City of West Allis.

A community development entity formed by the City of West Allis to issue tax credits, the First-Ring Redevelopment Enterprise ...

Forward Community Investments offer loans to organizations in Wisconsin that are making a significant impact in improving their communities. This community development financial institution works with nonprofit clients to provide loans to build or improve facilities, bridge funding gaps and expand capacity.

  • Secured Real Estate or Equipment Loans — Used to purchase property, build a building, buy equipment, refinance existing debt or for other expenditures related to your organization.
  • Bridge Loans — Provides money to keep a project moving forward while an organization is waiting for pledged dollars (via grants, fundraising, etc.) to come in the door.
  • Working Capital Loans — To be used for occasions when working capital is tight, oftentimes due to a late government payment, cancelled contract or seasonality of fundraising revenues.
  • Construction Loans — A short-term loan used to secure funds to build or rehabilitate a physical structure.
  • Predevelopment Loans — Short-term loans that provide the initial seed money for a project, typically associated with property acquisition or construction.

For more information, visit Forward Community Investments.

Forward Community Investments offer loans to organizations in Wisconsin that are making a significant impact in improving their communities ...

Wisconsin’s historic business communities remind us of the state’s rich architectural history while continuing to serve as centers of congregation and commerce ...

The Idle Industrial Site Redevelopment Program is a highly competitive program, offering grants to Wisconsin communities for the implementation of ...

The Wisconsin Main Street Program is a comprehensive revitalization program designed to promote the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional ...

The National Trust for Historic Preservation offers grants that encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects.

For more information, visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation offers grants that encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for ..

The Public Finance Authority (PFA) was established to provide a means to efficiently and reliably finance projects on behalf of local governments in Wisconsin and throughout the country. PFA's mission is to provide local governments and eligible private entities access to low-cost, tax-exempt and other financing for projects that contribute to social and economic growth and improve the overall quality of life in communities throughout the country.

For more information, visit the Public Finance Authority.

The Public Finance Authority (PFA) was established to provide a means to efficiently and reliably finance projects on behalf of local governments in ...

The Tax Credit provides credits of 20 percent on the cost of eligible work to owners of buildings constructed before 1936 that are not considered historic properties.

Wisconsin's USDA Rural Development office is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural Wisconsin through financial programs that support essential public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service.

For additional program details, visit the USDA Rural Development Wisconsin.

Wisconsin's USDA Rural Development office is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural Wisconsin through financial ...

The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) is dedicated to preserving and improving access to the natural and historic resources of Wisconsin's Great Lake coasts. WCMP Grants are available for coastal wetland protection and habitat restoration, nonpoint source pollution control, coastal resource and community planning, Great Lakes education, public access and historic preservation.

For more information, visit the Wisconsin Coastal Management Grant Program.

The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) is dedicated to preserving and improving access to the natural and historic resources of ...

The Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP) provides financial assistance to municipalities for wastewater treatment facilities and urban storm water runoff projects.

For additional program details, visit the Wisconsin DNR.

The Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP) provides financial assistance to municipalities for wastewater treatment facilities and urban storm water ...

Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), Ready for Reuse loans and grants are used for environmental cleanup of hazardous substances or petroleum at brownfields throughout Wisconsin.

For additional program details, visit the Wisconsin DNR.

Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), Ready for Reuse loans and grants are used for environmental cleanup of hazardous ...

The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) provides financial assistance to public water systems to build, upgrade or replace water supply infrastructure to protect public health and address federal and state safe drinking water requirements.

For additional program details, visit the Wisconsin DNR.

The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) provides financial assistance to public water systems to build, upgrade or replace water supply infrastructure ...

The Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) program provides 50 percent state grants to governing bodies, private businesses, and consortiums for road, rail, harbor and airport projects that help attract employers to Wisconsin or encourage business and industry to remain and expand in the state.

For additional program details, visit the Wisconsin DOT.

The Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) program provides 50 percent state grants to governing bodies, private businesses, and ...