U.S. Department of Agriculture
Programs & Services
List of all Programs: The USDA Rural Development operates over fifty financial assistance programs for a variety of rural applications. Select a category that best describes your situation, and see what RD can do to assist you.
Dairy Development: The Wisconsin Farm Center, part of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Division of Agricultural Development, provides assistance to dairy farmers, without regard to size or type, focusing on creating long-term, sustainable operations.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp
WEDC Business Growth Assistance
Wisconsin provides many programs to help businesses fulfill their growth plans. And to help navigate the options, our Regional Account Managers (RAMs) provide personalized support for the specific needs of your business, coordinating resources from various partner organizations as needed. View additional details by visiting the WEDC site.
Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB): The Department of Commerce’s Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) Program allows all Wisconsin cities, villages and towns to support industrial development through the sale of tax-exempt bonds. The proceeds from the bond sale are loaned to businesses to finance capital investment projects at, primarily, manufacturing facilities. Even though IRBs are municipal bonds, they are not general obligations of the municipality. The company or business that will use the facilities provides the interest and principal payments on the loan. The local government is in partnership with the business, lending its name, but not its credit, to the bond issue.
Assistance for Entrepreneurs & Innovators
Center for Technology Commercialization
SBIR/STTR: Assistance micro-grants are aimed at technology and research-based Wisconsin businesses who intend to apply for SBIR or STTR federal funds. The grants typically cover up to $4,500 ($250 match required) in costs incurred by a business in hiring an independent third-party to assist in the development of federal SBIR and STTR research and development proposal.
Department of Administration
Community Development Block Grant– Economic Development: Purpose is to provide resources to local governments which will enable them to assist economic development projects in their community. The program objective is to provide jobs to low and moderate income individuals and expand the local tax base. Provides long-term, below market, fixed-rate funding for businesses that can demonstrate need.