Main Street Bounceback Grant Program

The Wisconsin Tomorrow Main Street Bounceback Grant Program works to provide one-time assistance to new and existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space.


Program description:

The Main Street Bounceback Grants program provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant commercial properties in Wisconsin. Funds can be used to pay leases or mortgages, operational expenses and other business costs related to the newly opened location as of January 1, 2021. West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (WCWRPC) has entered into an agreement with the WEDC to deploy the grants in West Central Wisconsin defined as the counties of Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk, and St. Croix.


Program Eligibility:

Main Street Bounceback Grants are available to for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations meeting the following criteria:

  • The business is located within West Central Wisconsin

  • The business either is moving into a vacant commercial space or has moved into a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021

  • To be eligible the vacant commercial space needs to be over 400 sq ft.

  • The business can certify that is has not or will not vacate a commercial space in Wisconsin to become eligible to claim this grant

  • Businesses are ineligible to apply for the grants if they are:

  • Part of a national or regional chain, unless the business is an independently owned and operated franchise

  • A home-based business or property landlord, unless they are moving their business functions into the vacant commercial space

  • Real estate investment firms that intend to hold the property for investment purposes only

  • Engaged in any illegal activity under federal, state or local law


Please note:

  • Sublease business arrangements are not eligible.

  • To be eligible for an award, the business must be occupying and operating the business out of the leased or purchased space.

  • Given the high demand for the program in West Central Wisconsin, grant awards are limited to new or expanding businesses with owner(s) other than those who have previously received an award. This way, we can assist as many businesses and business owners as possible.

Or if they intend to use the space for:

  • Storage only

  • Residential purposes

To Apply:


Submit a complete, signed application along with the items listed in Section III (Attachments) via email to:


Susan Badtke:


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SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance (EIDL)

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SBA Debt Relief Program
Under this program the SBA will assist with principal and interest payments for SBA 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020.


SBA Express Bridge Loan Program
This program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access financing quickly.  These loans can provide economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loan or used to bring the gap while applying for an SBA EIDL loan.


The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) has issued additional guidance to assist states with their distribution of funds to non-entitlement units of local government (NEUs), which are local governments typically serving a population under 50,000.  Treasury has prepared a Non-entitlement Unit of Local Government Checklist for Requesting Initial Payment to help guide NEUs through the process. We will continue to watch for and share future guidance from the State of Wisconsin on the process for NEUs to request their allocation of funding from the state. 



(Note: this list is not exhaustive of all potential non-governmental assistance programs.)