COVID-19 Relief

The Oconto County Economic Development Corporation has created this page to anchor important information for our businesses amid quickly changing conditions and unprecedented measures put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporting small business owners is what we do, and that is more critical than ever at this time. Below you can find information and resources that could be useful. 

1Bay Lake Regional Planning Commission
The impacts COVID-19 has had on communities and businesses can be felt across the country and the Bay-Lake region is no exception. From our most rural communities in Florence County, to our tourism centric communities along the lakeshore, to our more populous communities in Sheboygan and Brown counties, it is evident that this region has been impacted by COVID-19.

With response and recovery efforts currently underway, local communities and businesses can use the Bay-Lake RPC COVID-19 Response and Recovery Portal as a one-stop-shop as they continue to respond to and recover from the pandemic.

About the Portal
The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Portal is an online interactive website that includes information for local units of government and businesses on available funding opportunities, recovery guides/toolkits, upcoming events and workshops and more. 

The Data and Dashboards section contained in this portal, includes information on county level COVID health trends, including vaccination rates, as well as economic trends that can be used to help map the impact of COVID. This portal will be updated weekly.

This portal was developed by Bay-Lake RPC staff and made possible through CARES Act funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). Additional information about the CARES Act funding that Bay-Lake RPC received from EDA can be found under the BLRPC CARES Act section.

2. Shuttered Venue Operations Grant 

Program details
The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Who can apply

Eligible entities include:
  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
  • Motion picture theater operators
  • Talent representatives, and
  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements
Other requirements of note:

Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
Venue or promoter must not have applied for or received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020

Click here for more information!

3. Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grant

Applications for up to $420 million in new Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grants for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will open at 8 a.m. Monday, May 24 through 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 7, Governor Tony Evers announced today.
  1. What is the Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grant program?The Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grant program will award $420 million to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through a collaboration between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Department of Revenue (DOR). The new grants, which will be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), are intended to support those businesses who were hardest hit by the pandemic and are key to Wisconsin making a strong recovery.
  2. Who is eligible for the grant?Preliminary plans by WEDC and DOR call for targeting the program at Wisconsin small businesses, including those that started in 2020. Details of the new grants will not be finalized until federal rules for ARPA funds are in place.
  3. When and how do I apply? Click here!

Additional Resources: Wisconsin State Agencies