Aug 18, 2021

MadREP Now Accepting Applications for Main Street Bounceback Grants

Earlier this month, MadREP and our partners at WEDC and throughout Wisconsin announced an exciting new grant program. The goal of the Main Street Bounceback Grants program is to provide financial support to businesses that move into existing vacant commercial properties, helping to create a foundation for long-term success for themselves and their communities.

We are currently accepting and reviewing applications for the program. To request your application, please fill out an interest form.

The Main Street Bounceback Grants program provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. Funds can be used to pay leases or mortgages, operational expenses and other business costs related to the newly opened location. The program is open to new or existing businesses that lease or purchase a vacant commercial space between January 1, 2021 and until June 30, 2022.. Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act.

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

  • The business is located within the region administered by the regional partner organization to which it applied
  • The business either is moving into a vacant commercial space or has moved into a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021
  • 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
  • Or if they intend to use the space for: Storage only and/or Residential purposes

Interested businesses can request an application by filling out the program interest form.