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City of West Allis News - Development

Posted on: July 1, 2021

$10,000 Grants from Mainstreet Bounceback Program

Through the Main Street Bounceback Grants Program, you can get $10,000 to help you get set up in a commercial space. The more empty spaces we can fill with new restaurants, salons, stores and other businesses, the more people it will bring into our commercial areas and through your doors. 

Eligibility: New or existing businesses that lease or purchase a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021, and before June 30, 2022, are eligible for Main Street Bounceback Grants.  Your business will not qualify for grant funds if you are renewing an existing lease or will be vacating a commercial space to move to another space.  This should be an expansion of space.  Your business may qualify for the grant if it signed a new lease prior to January 1, 2021, ONLY IF the start date of the lease was January 1, 2021 or later.

Landlords and real estate investment firms that intend to hold the property for investment purposes are not eligible.  Businesses that are part of a national or regional chain are also ineligible unless the business is an independently owned and operated franchise.

Application Process: To apply for the Grant please use the link below, which is a secure website through Formsite.

By creating a login and password you won’t need to complete the application and provide the necessary attachments at one time but will be able to save your progress and return to complete your application prior to submitting.  Incomplete applications will take longer to review and process, so please be sure you have fully completed the application and attached ALL the necessary documents prior to submitting.

Click here for information on the program, which is sponsored through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and the regional economic development partner, the Milwaukee Development Corporation (MDC).

A sample support/acknowledgment letter MUST be included with your application.  The letter should be on the letterhead of a regional economic development organization, local municipality or elected official, Chamber of Commerce, Business Improvement District, Qualified Commercial Real Estate Association. Main Street or Connect Community organization. City of West Allis Economic Development can provide this letter for you.

The program is open through June 30, 2022. 

Questions can be directed to:  

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