We've seen the outreach of valuable information, programs, services, assistance, etc. being created and promoted to help aid everyone in this time of need. WISCONSIN RURAL PARTNERS has created this "Road to Rural Recovery" portal so you can access the necessary tools & information easily.
Make sure you "like" and "share" our "Road to Rural Recovery" Facebook page. We also have our Calendar that lists dates of programs with time frames & deadlines along with upcoming webinars, video conference calls, etc.
We will be updating this page often so please come back and share this with other rural business friends, colleagues and rural community leaders. We are here to help everyone "Come Back Together"!
The American Rescue Plan Will Deliver Immediate Economic Relief to Families
The American Rescue Plan will change the course of the pandemic and deliver immediate and direct relief to families and workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis through no fault of their own. This law is one of the most progressive pieces of legislation in history, and will build a bridge to an equitable economic recovery.
RESOURCES FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES
USDA’s Forest Service, Rural Development, and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture developed this resource guide for rural communities to identify resources that develop the recreation economy.
RURAL PLACEMAKING INNOVATION CHALLENGE
USDA is making available up to $3 million in cooperative agreements under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) for eligible entities to help them provide planning support, technical assistance and training to foster placemaking activities in rural communities.
Qualified entities can use the funds to help rural communities create plans to enhance capacity for broadband access; preserve cultural and historic structures; and support the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces.
INNOVATION MATTERS: Funding Opportunities, Publications, Events and Learning
We celebrate our Nation’s natural wonders, and rededicate ourselves to conserving nature’s splendor for all Americans and safeguarding our environment against the existential threat of climate change and other challenges."
WISCONSIN TOMORROW - AN ECONOMY FOR ALL
As instructed by Act 185, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation respectfully submits, in accordance with s. 13.172 (2) the following report for consideration by the legislature and the Governor.
This report includes a plan for providing support to the major industries in Wisconsin that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency, including tourism, manufacturing, agriculture, forest products, construction, retail, and services.
RELIEF AND RECOVERY RESOURCES FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Wisconsin businesses look forward to a future when they can return to providing the products and services their customers need and crave, unencumbered by threats to the health of their employees and those they serve. Working toward that future will require the gradual adoption of new business practices that reflect the evolving reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and our success in mitigating the effects of this unprecedented global health emergency.
TOURISM & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY GRANTS
Gov. Tony Evers announced more than $140 million in grants to businesses and organizations that play an integral role in Wisconsin’s tourism and entertainment industries. The new grant programs will be invested in industries hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, including live event venues, movie theaters, summer camps, minor league sports, and the lodging industry. Additional investments will be made in reopening Wisconsin historical sites and marketing support for Wisconsin’s tourism industry.
VACCINE GUIDELINES FOR BUSINESSES
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, in consultation with the state Department of Health Services, created a guide for employers and business owners to talk with their employees about the COVID-19 vaccines and encourage as many as possible to get the vaccination. As we all know, the faster we beat COVID19, the faster our economy can fully open, and the vaccine is a vital part of the fight.
Celebrating and fostering the uniqueness of Wisconsin’s rural communities. Wisconsin’s rural landscape is integral to our state’s identity—both for the quality of life it affords its residents and for the escape it offers to those seeking to partake of Wisconsin’s natural splendor.
Maintaining the vibrancy of Wisconsin’s rural economies requires an understanding of the diversity of its industries—from agricultural production and working forests to main street businesses.
The variety of rural Wisconsin’s economic assets must be reflected in a coordinated statewide approach to building and maintaining rural prosperity throughout the state. WEDC is committed to helping rural stakeholders navigate the programs and resources available to build upon their strengths.
PANDEMIC AMPLIFIES BROADBAND ACCESS STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
We in Wisconsin understand the dire consequences that result from a lack of high-speed or broadband internet connectivity, and now even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Without it, many Wisconsin workers are unable to work from home, children cannot access virtual learning, and healthcare through telemedicine is inaccessible. In short, access to broadband has become an essential service.
COVID-19 UPDATES FOR COUNTY OFFICIALS
As issues continue to develop and change at a quick rate with COVID-19, the Coronavirus, we at the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) are working to provide the latest resources and updates to assist county officials during this unprecedented time.
PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS / FA$TRAK BORROWER
In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers who:
Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to #COVID19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
SMALL BUSINESS GUIDANCE & LOAN RESOURCES
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.
TOGETHER, WE'RE TEACHING YOU SPECIFIC WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SMALL TOWN A BETTER PLACE
We’re creating the videos, courses and toolkits that help you learn, grow and take action.
Want to hear practical advice from us every week? Get our newsletters.
Are you an Idea Friendly town? https://saveyour.town/idea-friendly-creed/
Each month we focus on a rural challenge you've told us about. You'll see a 30 minute video, if you are a member. Membership is only $25 a month and you will have access to all of our videos!
Take a look at the list of videos: https://learnto.saveyour.town/video-library and learn how to become a member.
COVID-19 FEDERAL RURAL RESOURCE GUIDE
USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses and communities through:
technical, training, and management assistance
state and local assistance.
This resource matrix organizes funding opportunities identified in stimulus bills and other federal resources that can help support rural America. Opportunities are categorized by customer and assistance type.
SMALL BUSINESS RESILIENCE -- COURAGE TO ADAPT, STRENGTH TO SUCCEED.
During these difficult times, everyone is talking about survival, uncertainty, and loss—loss of revenue, relationships, and resources. It’s normal and human to feel fear and uncertainty, to wonder about the future of your business. At SCORE, we get it. And we’re also here to remind you that you are stronger than you think and more powerful than you know. You are a small business owner, the person who dared to ask what if? The leader who had the courage to take that first step to build a business and a future you believe in.
Cooperative Network is committed to helping our members through these challenges. We continue to engage with government and business leaders on the state and federal levels. This evolving situation requires constant communication with those developing the policies and programs which will shape our future.
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVES
Ag and rural cooperatives are critical and essential every day, especially in times of crisis. We are grateful for the work that your cooperative is doing to help meet the needs of our communities in the midst of this pandemic. Our lawmakers see it, too, classifying agriculture as an essential business in this time of crisis.
RECOMMENDATIONS ON MANAGING COVID-19 ARE VERY FLUID
These references include reputable sources and technical support information from GWAAR and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Advocacy, Caregiver Support, General COVID-19 questions/answers, Health Promotions, Nutrition, Scams & Fraud.
FAQs FOR HOMEOWNERS, RENTERS, HOUSING PROVIDERS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
WHEDA has adjusted operations to protect our employees and the communities we serve. We continue to deliver the level of service our customers have come to expect and we remain focused on expanding access to affordable housing and economic opportunity.
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19): WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
You may have questions surrounding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). These are answers to some of the most common questions about the virus.
WI AMERICORPS VISTA
If cities or nonprofits are looking at rebuilding capacity to alleviate poverty, they can check out WI AmeriCorps VISTA initiative. We also know that there will be an expansion of AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors programming from the last federal COVID relief act, with some of our programs launching rural initiatives (including through Marshfield Clinic)
COVID-19 CHILD CARE RESOURCES
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has compiled resources to help essential workers, providers, and families navigate the child care landscape during the COVID-19 crisis. While the state has aggressively mobilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, families still need child care as many return to work amidst the public health emergency.
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FOR PARTNERS
The National Children’s Center strives to enhance the health and safety of all children exposed to hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments. It guides a national injury prevention strategy with key partners, conducts research, creates and promotes practical interventions, builds capacity for sustained strategies and communicates prevention information to key stakeholders.
Children’s Center scientists and staff focus on research and outreach activities that help farm owners, parents and supervisors identify and address hazards associated with agricultural work and rural environments.
Farming is always challenging, and never more so than now, especially for parents with children living and/or working on the farm.
No matter how difficult it is to be a farm parent during COVID-19, think how much harder it would be if a child suffered a serious injury.
To help parents manage through unprecedented times, the National Children’s Center offers this list of resources on topics ranging from appropriate farm tasks for children to fun, virtual adventures.
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FOR PARTNERS
In response to the rapidly evolving public health emergency, DWD understands COVID-19 has raised many questions by individuals, businesses, and organizations. Here are answers to frequently asked questions that relate to DWD’s services and information.
Employment & Training (DET) Partner Information
Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker Program Employers and Crew Leaders
Youth Apprenticeship Coordinators and Partners
WIOA Title I Partners and Practitioners
Job Center Business Services
Equal Rights (ERD) Partner Information
Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Partner Information
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FOR PUBLIC
In response to the rapidly evolving public health emergency, DWD understands COVID-19 has raised many questions by individuals, businesses, and organizations. Below are answers to frequently asked questions that relate to DWD’s services and information.
Employment & Training
RWHC has created a 35 minute video titled, “Bounce Back.” RWHC's Cella Hartline, Erin Smital and Jo Anne Preston, share resiliency tips and techniques.
It is broken into short chapters if you want to watch or share it in short segments, or you can simply play through the whole program. Once you open the media-site video and click play, you will see on the bottom right of the screen buttons for selecting the chapters and also a link to download the power point slides.
POSTING COVID-19 COMMUNITY SURVEYS
How to access and post the free COVID-19 community surveys to administer to your residents. We have three resident surveys:
Impact Survey to measure how COVID-19 has impacted your residents,
Impact Pulse Survey to be used after the initial Impact Survey to continue to measure resident impact,
Resident Readiness/Consumer Confidence (NEW!) to understand your residents' comfort level as officials evaluate how to reopen their community.
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is open – virtually to all in our community. WWBIC is working with federal, state and local partners to support our many WWBIC borrowers and entrepreneurs and businesses in need of loan capital now.
COVID-19 Loan Program
Paycheck Protection Program
Personal Finance Resources
COVID-19 - CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES
The League is committed to helping Wisconsin’s cities and villages do their job. That includes helping you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll find answers to questions that you and other municipal officials have been asking. We’re already discovering that many of your questions are of the “I never thought of that” variety, and the League is tracking down answers and options to those questions as rapidly as possible.
START OR GROW YOUR BUSINESS
VBOC at WWBIC is funded in part by a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members, and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.
The VBOC @ WWBIC provides programs and services that help start or grow your business, including:
Boots to Business and Boots to Business | Reboot
Business Training and Counseling
Assistance with Business Loans
Assistance with Veterans Business Certification
PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR RECOVERY
As the state continues to balance the public health aspect of the coronavirus outbreak with the requirement to smartly and safely reopen the Wisconsin economy, the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) is sharing with state policymakers its Road to Recovery recommendations aimed at helping small businesses emerge from the COVID-19 economic crisis.
Programs -- Eligibility & Use of Funds
Access Technical Assistance
WEDA Road to Recovery Recommendations
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AID GRANTS
aimed at helping our local government partners address some of their most urgent and unique COVID-19 recovery needs. Administered by the Department of Administration (DOA), Routes to Recovery Grants will be allocated to every Wisconsin county, city, village, town, and federally recognized tribe.
W.R.A.P. - WISCONSIN RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources will partner with the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association, a trusted community partner to provide direct assistance to residents of Wisconsin administering this funding. $25 million will be allocated to agencies across the state for residents to apply for that meet income and need eligibility.
This program is designed to serve with and alongside local leaders and organizations because, as everyone knows, collaboration will be the key to making our Badger State thrive again.
COVID-19 INFORMATION & RESOURCES
Continuing Education will continue predominantly in a virtual environment throughout the summer while Contract Training remains open to meet the planning and training needs of our business partners and also follows appropriate health and safety guidance.
The COVID-19 Team continues to monitor the nature of the pandemic. It is a dynamic situation, but the college is poised to provide uninterrupted education going forward.
FACING COVID-19 WITH TOURISTS
We at your Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources want you to know we are here for you and our great state as we go through the COVID-19 public health emergency together.
In light of COVID-19, the DNR is canceling, adjusting and postponing an array of in-person public events, meetings and operations consistent with guidance provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Department of Administration. However, should you need a place with space, getting outdoors has both physical and mental benefits.
Learn how the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is responding to the current outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Facing COVID-19 – the arts and creativity are more important than ever. As we are all aware, our communities across Wisconsin are responding to the challenges regarding the spread of COVID-19. Public health is our priority.
We are also keenly aware of the significant effect COVID-19 is already having on our arts organizations and individual artists across the state.
RESPONDING TO COVID-19: A WEBINAR SERIES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SERVING SMALL COMMUNITIES
The Responding to COVID-19 webinar series presents resources for small units of general local government (UGLGs) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the webinars provide digestible information on how small UGLGs may access public funding, data, and other resources made available due to the pandemic.
INFORMATION ON COVID-19
The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are top priorities at UW-Stevens Point. Our commitment is heightened in recent weeks as we address concerns regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and prepare to slow the spread of this virus to our campuses and communities.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE WISCONSIN ECONOMY
The economy will continue to slowly recover as we learn more about COVID-19.
• Consumers need to be confident and feel safe before the economy can recover, regardless of “Stay at Home” orders.
• The impact of COVID-19 varies across different types of businesses, with the key condition being their ability to adapt.
WHAT WILL LIFE BE LIKE AFTER THE PANDEMIC?
There are more questions than answers on what life will be like in this future "new normal" we all are facing as we recover from this pandemic. AARP has many resources available to help answer those questions for your entire family & community.
State of Wisconsin
Department of Revenue
WISCONSIN FARM SUPPORT PROGRAM
A federally funded program that will provide $50 million of relief to farmers that suffered economic damages in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.