The BID offers two successful matching grant programs to assist businesses with façade improvement grants and sign and awning grants.
Façade Improvement Grant Program for B.I.D. property owners and businesses in the district. The program offers matching grants up to $10,000 to business and property owners completing B.I.D. approved exterior building repairs and renovations. The purpose of the program is to stimulate exterior building repairs of existing commercial buildings in the district. The program is intended to produce positive, visible changes that impact the entire Hartland community.
Sign and Awning Grant Program offers matching grants up to $750 for new commercial signs and awnings.
Additional programs offered to BID businesses:
Business Loan Pool Program offering low interest loans for BID members.
Sandwich Board Sign Grant offering $50 toward the purchase of a sandwich board sign that meets Village requirements.
Education Certificate Grant offering $500 toward the completion of four small business courses at Waukesha County Technical College.
Co-Op Advertising Grant Program offers up to $300 per business for print, online, tv & radio advertising.
WEDC’s “We’re All In” grant program
The WEDC’s “We’re All In” grant program was designed to help small businesses get back on their feet while also encouraging adoption of best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe. Applications are being accepted now through June 23rd.
CLICK HERE for more information and to apply
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
CLICK HERE to read about the Act passed by Congress to assist business owners in needs they have right now.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here.
SBA Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19. Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible if their individual locations employ less than 500 workers.
SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
To apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, click here.
WEDC Small Business 20/20 Grant Application
The goal of the Small Business 20/20 program is to support small businesses and micro-enterprises adversely economically impacted by COVID-19. Click here to learn more.