Evers adds $15 million to grant program for diverse small businesses

Tony Evers
Gov. Tony Evers discusses his Clean Energy Plan at Madison's fleet facility April 19, 2022.

MADISON, Wis. — A grant program that serves small businesses in Wisconsin got a second round of funding Monday.

Governor Evers announced that $15.7 million would be given to businesses as part of the Diverse Business Assistance Grant program. The program is targeted at rural, veteran-owned, and LGBT-owned businesses that were disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

“Our goal has always been working to ensure that our state’s economy works for everyone,” Evers said. “When we invest in small businesses in our state, we’re also investing in local jobs, strengthening local supply chains, and fostering innovation and growth that build strong communities for years to come.”

The program was announced last year and is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act. Groups including the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce and Urban Triage were awarded grants.