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Milwaukee small businesses can now apply for $10M in grants

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Posted at 4:30 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 17:58:55-04

MILWAUKEE — Small business in the City of Milwaukee can now apply for grant money in the second round of the Milwaukee Business Restart Program.

Up to $10 million in federal money is available for businesses in this round. Applications can be submitted from Oct. 1 to Oct. 8, 2020.

According to the program, established City of Milwaukee businesses with 20 or fewer "Full Time Equivalent" employees and annual revenue of more than $0 and less than $2 million will be eligible to participate.

Businesses that previously received Restart grants are invited to apply again, but no business can receive a combined total of more than $25,000, according to the city.

Grantees can use money to pay for rent and utilities, winterizing outdoor spaces, purchasing personal protective equipment, restocking perishable inventory and investing in physical improvements to reduce COVID-19 spread.

Several new categories of businesses can apply including home-based businesses, food trucks, licensed daycares and state licensed group homes, according to the city.

The City of Milwaukee is working with the following groups to make the grants a reality: Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation, Latino Entrepreneurial Network, the Milwaukee Urban League and the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation.

Click here to learn more and apply for the second round of funding.

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