Gov. Evers announces more than $46 million in small business grants

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers visits a vaccination site operated by the Ho-Chunk Nation on March 25, 2021. Vaccination rates among Wisconsin’s people of color and other vulnerable populations has lagged behind those of white residents, but outreach efforts around the state aim to narrow the disparities. (Ardith Van Riper/Hocak Worak)

MADISON, Wis. — More than 9,000 Wisconsin businesses are going to be getting some much-needed help in the form of $5,000 grants, Gov. Tony Evers and other state agencies announced Tuesday.

An estimated 9,300 small businesses across the state will be getting the grants through the “We’re All In” program, totaling more than $46 million funded through the CARES Act, according to the governor’s office, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Revenue.

To this point, more than $370 million in CARES Act funding has gone to support Wisconsin businesses during the pandemic. More than $240 million of that has been used in the governor’s “We’re All In” grant program, which has awarded money in several phases.

Evers’ office says the grants announced today will go to businesses who applied during Phase 2 of the program, which aimed to support businesses with less than $1 million in annual revenue, but could not get grants the first time around because the funding was not available. The governor’s office says demand has exceeded available funding in some phases of the program.

The Department of Revenue says they’ll begin processing the latest grants as quickly as possible.