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Badger Bounceback

Welcome to the latest Badger Bounceback update (#24)!

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) became law on March 11, 2021, one year ago today. These critical investments have provided a lifeline to Wisconsin communities and businesses, fueling a strong pandemic recovery, and ensuring that our economy is resilient and works for everyone.

Read on to view the latest initiatives and programs announced by Governor Evers, application information, and more. Check out direct program links to get additional details on specific programs.

Has your business or organization received pandemic assistance that has helped you keep your doors open, or serve more people? Has pandemic relief made a difference for your family?  

We want to hear about it – please share your Badger Bounceback story with us! 

Grant Programs Now Accepting Applications:

NEW: Wisconsin Help for Homeowners Program is Now Accepting Applications!

The wait is over! The Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program started taking applications this week, with $92 Million in federal funds announced by Governor Tony Evers to help folks stay in their homes, catch up on bills, and avoid foreclosure.

The program is open to individuals and families who live in Wisconsin with overdue housing-related bills, both with and without a mortgage, who meet income and other eligibility requirements, and have experienced a qualified economic hardship since January 21, 2020.

Applications and additional information is available at: https://homeownerhelp.wi.gov.

Workforce Innovation Grants: Round 2 Applications Still Open

Governor Evers unveiled 12 regional projects set to receive up to $60 million dollars in Workforce Innovation Grants. These grants will help provide long-term solutions to Wisconsin’s workforce challenges for communities across the state.

Round 2 funding will make available up to $40.5 million to promote local and regional solutions to ongoing workforce challenges,  with grants ranging from $250,000 up to $10 million. Applications opened on February 22, and will close on April 15.

More information about the program and the next round of funding is available on the Workforce Innovation Grant Program website:  https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/workforce-innovation-grant/ 

Main Street Bounceback Grants – Application Period Ongoing

The Main Street Bounceback Grants program has so far provided $10,000 to 2,500 new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. The program is still open to new or existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021. Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act and  distributed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) regional partners. Businesses must apply through the partner organization for the region in which they are located. Applications are open through June 30, 2022. 

Additional information about the Main Street Bounce Back Grants is available here: https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/mainstreet-bounceback-grants/

Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program – Help Is Still Available

The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program (WERA) provides up to 18 months of assistance with current or overdue bills to help households that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic avoid eviction. More than 25,000 Wisconsinites have already received help with rent, utilities, and internet or broadband statewide. Help is still available for eligible households through WISCAP agencies and Energy Services. The program is funded by the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

Additional information about the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available here: https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/WERA.aspx

Recent Announcements

$97 Million Announced for Healthcare Infrastructure Capital Grant Program

Following a statewide tour that included stops in Appleton, Hillsboro, Park Falls, and Janesville, Gov. Tony Evers announced more than $97 million in grants have been awarded to address healthcare access needs in communities across the state through the Healthcare Infrastructure Capital Investment Grant program.

Administered by the DOA and funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), with grants ranging in size from $158,000 to a maximum of $20 million. Applications opened on Oct. 26, 2021, and closed on Nov. 30, 2021.  Full list of recipients and additional information available on the program website: https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/HealthcareInfrastructure.aspx

More than $212 Million Announced for Neighborhood Investment Fund Grants

This week, Governor Evers has announced the full list of awards for the Neighborhood Investment Fund program, providing investment for long-term capital projects to benefit communities recovering from the effects of the pandemic. Following the Governor’s visits with recipients in BeloitMilwaukee, and Madison last week and his stop in Rice Lake earlier this week, Gov. Evers today visited recipients in Kenosha, Fond du Lac, and Green Bay to highlight several of the projects receiving funds in those communities.

Part of a nearly $650 million investment allocated by the governor for community building and recovery efforts statewide, the Neighborhood Investment Fund program was announced in August 2021 and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Grants being awarded range in size from $1 million to a maximum of $15 million and are funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

New Recommendations to Tackle Homelessness in Wisconsin

Governor Evers and the Interagency Council on Homelessness recently released a new “Welcoming Wisconsin Home” report. The report builds on the governor’s investments, announced late last year, to provide $6 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to address homelessness and ensure safe shelter for individuals experiencing short or long-term housing instability during the winter months. Through this investment, $4 million was made available through the State Shelter Subsidy Grant Program, which provides funding to shelter facilities, and another $2 million will be allocated to funding for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Stay Tuned for These Upcoming Announcements:

 

We look forward to sharing additional updates on upcoming grant rollouts and announcements, to help Wisconsinites bounce back.

 

We want to hear from you – Share your Badger Bounceback story

Visit Badger Bounceback website for more information.

Badger Bounceback

Welcome to the latest Badger Bounceback update (#24)!

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) became law on March 11, 2021, one year ago today. These critical investments have provided a lifeline to Wisconsin communities and businesses, fueling a strong pandemic recovery, and ensuring that our economy is resilient and works for everyone.

Read on to view the latest initiatives and programs announced by Governor Evers, application information, and more. Check out direct program links to get additional details on specific programs.

Has your business or organization received pandemic assistance that has helped you keep your doors open, or serve more people? Has pandemic relief made a difference for your family?  

We want to hear about it – please share your Badger Bounceback story with us! 

Grant Programs Now Accepting Applications:

NEW: Wisconsin Help for Homeowners Program is Now Accepting Applications!

The wait is over! The Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program started taking applications this week, with $92 Million in federal funds announced by Governor Tony Evers to help folks stay in their homes, catch up on bills, and avoid foreclosure.

The program is open to individuals and families who live in Wisconsin with overdue housing-related bills, both with and without a mortgage, who meet income and other eligibility requirements, and have experienced a qualified economic hardship since January 21, 2020.

Applications and additional information is available at: https://homeownerhelp.wi.gov.

Workforce Innovation Grants: Round 2 Applications Still Open

Governor Evers unveiled 12 regional projects set to receive up to $60 million dollars in Workforce Innovation Grants. These grants will help provide long-term solutions to Wisconsin’s workforce challenges for communities across the state.

Round 2 funding will make available up to $40.5 million to promote local and regional solutions to ongoing workforce challenges,  with grants ranging from $250,000 up to $10 million. Applications opened on February 22, and will close on April 15.

More information about the program and the next round of funding is available on the Workforce Innovation Grant Program website:  https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/workforce-innovation-grant/ 

Broadband Expansion Grants – Applications Closing Soon

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is still accepting grant applications for the FY22 Broadband Expansion Grant Program. This latest program is funded through the state budget. The application period will close March 17, 2022. 

Altogether, under Governor Evers’ leadership, state broadband expansion grants and federal funds for broadband projects have provided or are going to offer access to new or improved broadband services to more than 300,000 homes and businesses. A map of recent grant recipients is available here: https://psc.wi.gov/Documents/broadband/BbExpG51.pdf

More information is available on the program website: https://psc.wi.gov/Pages/Programs/BroadbandGrants.aspx

Main Street Bounceback Grants – Application Period Ongoing

The Main Street Bounceback Grants program has so far provided $10,000 to 2,500 new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. The program is still open to new or existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021. Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act and  distributed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) regional partners. Businesses must apply through the partner organization for the region in which they are located. Applications are open through June 30, 2022. 

Additional information about the Main Street Bounce Back Grants is available here: https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/mainstreet-bounceback-grants/

Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program – Help Is Still Available

The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program (WERA) provides up to 18 months of assistance with current or overdue bills to help households that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic avoid eviction. More than 25,000 Wisconsinites have already received help with rent, utilities, and internet or broadband statewide. Help is still available for eligible households through WISCAP agencies and Energy Services. The program is funded by the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

Additional information about the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available here: https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/WERA.aspx

Recent Announcements

$97 Million Announced for Healthcare Infrastructure Capital Grant Program

Following a statewide tour that included stops in Appleton, Hillsboro, Park Falls, and Janesville, Gov. Tony Evers announced more than $97 million in grants have been awarded to address healthcare access needs in communities across the state through the Healthcare Infrastructure Capital Investment Grant program.

Administered by the DOA and funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), with grants ranging in size from $158,000 to a maximum of $20 million. Applications opened on Oct. 26, 2021, and closed on Nov. 30, 2021.  Full list of recipients and additional information available on the program website: https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/HealthcareInfrastructure.aspx

More than $212 Million Announced for Neighborhood Investment Fund Grants

This week, Governor Evers has announced the full list of awards for the Neighborhood Investment Fund program, providing investment for long-term capital projects to benefit communities recovering from the effects of the pandemic. Following the Governor’s visits with recipients in BeloitMilwaukee, and Madison last week and his stop in Rice Lake earlier this week, Gov. Evers today visited recipients in Kenosha, Fond du Lac, and Green Bay to highlight several of the projects receiving funds in those communities.

Part of a nearly $650 million investment allocated by the governor for community building and recovery efforts statewide, the Neighborhood Investment Fund program was announced in August 2021 and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Grants being awarded range in size from $1 million to a maximum of $15 million and are funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

New Recommendations to Tackle Homelessness in Wisconsin

Governor Evers and the Interagency Council on Homelessness recently released a new “Welcoming Wisconsin Home” report. The report builds on the governor’s investments, announced late last year, to provide $6 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to address homelessness and ensure safe shelter for individuals experiencing short or long-term housing instability during the winter months. Through this investment, $4 million was made available through the State Shelter Subsidy Grant Program, which provides funding to shelter facilities, and another $2 million will be allocated to funding for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Stay Tuned for These Upcoming Announcements:

 

We look forward to sharing additional updates on upcoming grant rollouts and announcements, to help Wisconsinites bounce back.

 

We want to hear from you – Share your Badger Bounceback story

Visit Badger Bounceback website for more information.

COVID-19 Financial Assistance Guide

Below is a variation of resources currently providing assistance to small businesses and non-profits for COVID-19 related relief.

Each business should contact their accountant, lender, or business banker to be sure to collect the correct documents in order to apply for financial assistance programming.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

US Small Business Administration

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Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Notice: COVID EIDL is no longer accepting new applications but will continue to accept requests for increases, reconsideration, and appeals.

As of January 1, 2022, we are not able to accept applications for new COVID EIDL loans or advances.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will accept and review reconsideration and appeal requests for COVID EIDL applications received on or before December 31 if the reconsideration/appeal is received within the timeframes in the regulation. This means six months from the date of decline for reconsiderations and 30 days from the date of reconsideration decline for appeals – unless funding is no longer available.
  • Borrowers can request increases up to their maximum eligible loan amount for up to two years after their loan origination date, or until the funds are exhausted, whichever is soonest.

SBA continues to offer other funding options for small businesses including traditional SBA loans.

 

LEARN MORE:

Learn more and apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan here

Outagamie Rescue Plan Grants for Small Businesses & Nonprofits

Phase One - Rescue Plan Grants

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Small Business and Non Profit Grants

 

SMALL BUSINESS GRANT INFORMATION

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. This new federal COVID-relief package includes direct funding to counties through the U.S. Treasury Department in order to improve the safety, health and opportunity for all within our communities, with a focus on those most harmed by COVID-19.

Outagamie County’s Finance Committee has approved Phase One grants of up to $5,000 to local Small Businesses located in Outagamie County that incurred additional costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant applications must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9th to be considered. All grant decisions and awards will be made by September 30, 2021.

 

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NONPROFIT GRANT INFORMATION

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. This new federal COVID-relief package includes direct funding to counties through the U.S. Treasury Department in order to improve the safety, health and opportunity for all within our communities, with a focus on those most harmed by COVID-19.

Outagamie County’s Finance Committee has approved Phase One grants of up to $25,000 to local Nonprofit Organizations located in Outagamie County.

Grant applications must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9th to be considered. All grant decisions and awards will be made by September 30, 2021.

 

SBA DEBT RELIEF

SBA offers debt relief to existing SBA loan borrowers whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19.

Initial debt relief assistance

As a part of the CARES Act, SBA is authorized to pay six months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all 7(a), 504, and Microloans reported in regular servicing status (excluding Paycheck Protection Program loans). This debt relief to borrowers was originally dependent on the loan being fully disbursed prior to September 27, 2020 and does not apply to loans made under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

These original provisions were amended on December 27, 2020, through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act). The Economic Aid Act revised the eligibility criteria for assistance to include all 7(a), 504, and Microloans approved up to September 27, 2020, even if not fully disbursed. All other provisions for initial debt relief remained the same. Read more here.

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Unemployment Benefits Related to COVID-19

Changes to regular unemployment benefits may occur under the Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act. Check the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) website often for the most up-to-date information.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is a new temporary federal program that provides unemployment benefits to individuals who are not typically eligible, such as self employed individuals, consultants, and certain independent contractors. These individuals will be able to start filing applications on April 21, according to Secretary Caleb Frostman of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

The Work-Share Program avoids layoffs, allowing workers to remain employed & employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Under the CARES Act, once your plan is approved, the federal government will pay for 100% of the unemployment benefits paid through the Work-Share plan.

Click here for frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and Wisconsin unemployment benefits for employees and employers.

WMC COVID-19 Update Webinars

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) recorded webinars, specifically relating to COVID-19.

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SCORE Recorded Webinars

Service Corps of Retired Executives

Did you miss a SCORE LIVE webinar? They are available to watch on-demand at your convenience.

Learn More


Finding Help with Programming Assistance

Our local Small Business Development Center at UWSP is here to help, and offers free & confidential business services, access to free webinars, help with questions about assistance programs, and many additional services. Contact: uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu and Follow on Facebook.

 

The Waupaca County Economic Development Corporation provides assistance to both private businesses and public sector organizations, in an effort to strengthen the local economy and enhance the quality of life for all the citizens of Waupaca County. WCEDC is more than willing to discuss which assistance options may be the best for your business. Please send a request to wcedc@charter.net, or call (920) 982-1582.



ThedaCare COVID-19 Hotline

Community members can call (920) 830-6877 or (800) 236-2236 to speak with resource representatives and nurses who will answer medically-related COVID-19 questions or direct patients to the appropriate locations for care.

At this time, the federal COVID-19 surge testing site at ThedaCare Physicians-Neenah continues to operate. Testing is free. Individuals can make an appointment on doineedacovid19test.com or register onsite.

ThedaCare Online Resources


COVID-19 Vaccine Questions


COVID-19 Vaccine Scams



Waupaca County COVID-19 Testing Information HERE

  • Everyone in Wisconsin age 12 and older is able to get the *Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
  • Everyone in Wisconsin age 18 and older is able to get the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
*On 8/23/21, the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for those 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. The Moderna and Jonhson & Johnson vaccines are available under emergency use authorizations (EUAs).
Waupaca County Public Health Advises Continued Mask Use – 8/31/21

CDC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF & OTHERS

  1. Get Vaccinated.
  2. Wear a mask.
    • If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
    • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
    • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
    • If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from variants and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
    • Wearing a mask is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  3. Stay 6 feet away from others.
    • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
  4. Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
    • Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.
    • Avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible.
  5. Test to prevent spread to others.
  6. Wash your hands often.
  7. Cover coughs and sneezes.
  8. Clean and disinfect.
  9. Monitor your health daily & be alert for COVID-19 symptoms.PLANNING A TRIP?Click here for more information on travel from WI DHS.

Other information can be found on the Waupaca County Public Health page.

CDC Prevention Guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Evidence Review of Masks: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/4/e2014564118?_sm_au_=iHVH2vFJ0FW1fW1NBLQtvK7BJGKjp

Vaccination Information and Appointments: https://www.waupacacounty-wi.gov/departments/health_and_human_services/vaccine_information.php



At the New London Area Chamber of Commerce, our goal is to remain united through the hardship and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, and continue to support member businesses and organizations. We have been changing our approach daily as the situation rapidly evolves, in order to offer the most effective forms of support. The Chamber office is currently open to the public, and our operations will remain the same. We greatly appreciate your patience and consideration as we navigate through this process. Please keep in touch and let us know how we can help you.

Call our office at (920) 982-5822 with any inquires.

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