Evers Announces $250 Million in Relief Programs
Using federal pandemic aid for housing, transit, child care and health care programs.
Wisconsin will spend $250 million in pandemic relief money on two programs to help support housing, transit, child care and health care projects. The priority will be underserved communities in the state, Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday.
Local and tribal governments will be able to apply for the grants, to be awarded in a competitive process, according to the governor’s office.
Another $50 million in grants will be awarded to local and tribal governments or nonprofit health care organizations for health care building projects focused on increasing access for low-income, uninsured and other underserved communities, including boosting their ability to respond to future pandemics. New construction, as well as upgrades to existing space that expands capacity, would both be eligible.
“If we want to see Wisconsin’s families, communities, and economy succeed for years to come, then we need to make the investments today to build long-term, sustainable economic wellbeing for tomorrow,” Evers stated, adding that the aim was to invest “in our people and our neighborhoods so every Wisconsinite has access to the infrastructure and resources to thrive.”
The grants will be administered by the Department of Administration and funded through Wisconsin’s share of money from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was enacted earlier this year.
State establishes $250M grant programs for local development, health care projects was originally published by the Wisconsin Examiner.