Our organization has several grants that prospective and current business owners can apply for to ignite, accelerate, recover, or elevate your business. Some programs listed are currently on hold due to our needed recovery programs due to COVID-19.  See if your business is eligible for the Small Business Recovery Grant program.


Recovery Grant Program

The Small Business Recovery Fund will provide grants up to $5,000 to small, locally owned retail, restaurant, or personal service storefront businesses with 1-20 employees located in downtown and central commercial districts within La Crosse County. The grant period is rolling, meaning applications will be reviewed as they are received. Awards ​will be made each week as long as funds are available.  HERE.

Ignite Grant Program

Our Ignite grant program is a program for new businesses locating in storefronts in the Downtown District. This program provides grants to new business in hopes to 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  to help financially assist businesses in their expansion or innovation.  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.

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