Targeted Industry Projects

Program Goal:

The goal of the Targeted Industry Projects (TIP) Program is to support industry cluster and sector development in the state of Wisconsin.

This program supports the following WEDC Strategic Pillar and Focus Area:

Strategic Economic Competitiveness: Future Industry Strategies

Program Description:

The program offers a continuum of services which advances targeted, high-growth business consortia and industry sectors culminating over time in the development of high-quality jobs and significant job growth in Wisconsin. Eligible participating organizations include industry alliances and consortia, nonprofit and public institutional entities. Typically, qualifying recipients may receive financial grants ranging from $25,000 up to $1 million, depending upon the scope of the project, participating co-investment, relevance to industry competitiveness and job-growth potential.

In return for this WEDC investment, recipient organizations must be actively engaged in distinct (non-duplicative) industry or sector development, or engaged in efforts to enhance cross-industry competitiveness, such as in workforce development, market development, new investments (domestic and foreign) business attraction and acquisition of specialized competitive assets or facilities.

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible organizations must have, as determined by WEDC, an identifiable strategy, stable strong leadership, active membership and financial support from members, sound financial condition, and clear identification as an organization connected to target industry development.

Incentives and Available Funding (FY17): $4,000,000

Awards may range from $25,000 to $1,000,000, depending upon the scope and positive economic potential of the project.

Awards will generally be given out in phases such that the entire life cycle of a project, from strategy planning or initial concept to project implementation, may take place across up to four separate, phased awards from WEDC.

Activities and Expected Outcomes:

Assist 10 organizations; support the creation, attraction or expansion of 40 businesses; and achieve a 3:1 leverage of other investment.

Performance Reporting:

Recipients will be required to periodically submit a performance report documenting specific project activities, as well as any other contract deliverable.

WEDC may impose additional reporting requirements to evaluate project performance and to ensure compliance with contract deliverables.

Application and Awards Process:

Applicants for a TIP grant should complete an application through an account manager. Applications will be assigned to an underwriter and go through the award review process.

For more information on application review, internal process and award distribution, please refer to WEDC’s award administration policies and procedures.