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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.

Gov. Evers, Sen. Baldwin Announce Wisconsin to Receive Nearly $80 Million to Support Small Businesses

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Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

US Small Business Administration

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Economic Injury Disaster Loans

As of January 1, 2022, SBA stopped accepting applications for new COVID-19 EIDL loans or advances.
SBA continues to offer other funding options for small businesses including traditional SBA loans.

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

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

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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 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.

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: 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, 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 or register onsite.

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



  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:

Evidence Review of Masks:

Vaccination Information and Appointments: