Our organization has several grants that prospective and current business owners can apply for to ignite, accelerate or elevate your business.
Ignite Grant Program
Our Ignite grant program is a program for new business locating in storefronts in the Downtown District. This program provides grants to new business in hope this ignites their business through financial assistance and stability in their first year. Applications and other information for this program can be found here.
Accelerate Grant Program
Current downtown businesses can apply for our Accelerate grant program. This program provides downtown businesses that are growing and expanding with a matching grant for up to $5000 to help financially assist businesses in their expansion or innovation. Only businesses in La Crosse’s Downtown District are eligible for this program. Applications and other information for this program can be found here.
Elevate Grant Program
The Elevate program is a facade restoration program that provides grants or loans to downtown property owners to update and revitalize their building’s exteriors. It is aimed at elevating these properties and assisting in funding of buildings’ exterior projects to promote downtown development. This program is funded in collaboration with the City of La Crosse and with support from the the City Council, Economic Development Commission, Heritage Preservation Commission, and the Planning Department. Application and other information for this program can be found here.
Minority and Women Grant Program
We partner with the City of La Crosse on a grant program for current or prospective businesses in La Crosse owned by minorities and women. Those that apply are eligible for a matching grant for up to $5000 to assist the growth of their business. This program is supported by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Couleecap, and Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) and is funded by the La Crosse City Council, Economic Development Commission, and Planning Department. Applications for this program can be found here.