Grants awarded to hundreds of lodging operators in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. — More than 660 Wisconsin lodging operators have been awarded grants through the state to help them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Tony Evers announced the grants on Thursday. Grantees will received around $350 per eligible room in Wisconsin.

Last year, visitors spent $3.7 billion on lodging in Wisconsin. But recent surveys by the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association found that nearly half of Wisconsin hotel and lodging properties will close within six months without loan or grant assistance.

“The folks in our hotel and lodging industry have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as folks have reduced their travel this year to help stop the spread of the virus, said Gov. Evers.

“The tourism industry will be core to our state’s economic bounce back and these funds will help provide some economic stabilization now so visitors to enjoy their favorite destinations later.”

The money comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) distributed the funds.

The money helps out hotel, motel and bed and breakfast operators across the state.

“By injecting these funds in local lodging and tourism partners, we hope to provide a lifeline and some stabilization to local economies, businesses and jobs,” said DOA Secretary Joel Brennan.

In total, 663 Wisconsin lodging operators received a grant. You can find a full list of grant winners here.

More information regarding the COVID-19 Lodging Grant Program is available here