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Gov. Evers gives additional $70 million in grants to support small businesses

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Posted at 7:52 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 12:12:12-05

Gov. Tony Evers announced an additional $70 million in the second round of "We’re All In” grants for small businesses in Wisconsin as COVID-19 continues to strain the public.

This brings the second round total to $120 million invested in businesses.

“There’s no business that hasn’t been affected by this pandemic, and we know folks across our state need our support now more than ever,” said Gov. Evers. “As we head into the winter months, we know we have to do everything we can to make sure our businesses have the resources they need as we continue fighting this virus.”

Applications for the grants closed Monday, Nov. 2. Priority will be given to businesses hit hardest by the pandemic.

The grants are funded by the federal CARES Act and are administered by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue in partnership with WEDC. Awards will be announced and distributed by mid-December.

“In my conversations with restaurants, taverns, small retail stores, and other businesses that rely on people gathering indoors, we know that the continued surge of COVID-19 infections is deepening the strain and uncertainty these businesses have been facing since March,” said WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes. “With thousands more businesses applying for the second phase of our ‘We’re All In’ grants than the first phase, we want to provide aid that can help these businesses carry on.”

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