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Community Development Grant Program

The Vernon County Board of Supervisors and Staff are pleased to announce a new grant opportunity to help local communities implement projects that will strengthen economic growth and resiliency. This year, Vernon County is investing $115,000 to support this program, made possible by contributed funds from the Ho-Chunk Nation. Please review the guidelines below before submitting an application.


ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:  Municipalities located in Vernon County, WI (3 cities, 9 villages, and 21 townships are eligible to apply). Non-profits, businesses, individuals, schools, etc. are not eligible applicants.
ELIGIBLE PROJECTS:  Some examples of eligible projects include updates to a trail system, build a splash pad at local park, website creation or updates, repurpose vacant buildings, neighborhood revitalization, wayfinding signage, upgrade street lighting, improve accessibility for aging and disabled residents, upgrade weather warning system, develop indoor/outdoor recreation space, develop community center, improve street infrastructure, develop technology center/training, improve public landscape (i.e. plant trees), or match toward another grant.
INELIGIBLE EXPENSES:  Personnel/administration costs, requests to pay off existing debt, expenses that have already been invoiced/paid, and any other expenses determined ineligible by the grant reviewers.
GRANT AWARD:  Applicants are able to receive grants of up to $10,000. Limit of one application per municipality. A total of $115,000 has been invested into this program and will be awarded until funds are exhausted. Grant funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement model (submit paid invoices and the County will reimburse you).
MATCH REQUIREMENT:  A 1:1 match is required. For example, if a community is awarded $10,000, then a $10,000 cash match is required. Funds from other grants may be used as match. In-kind match is not accepted but should be included and described in the budget narrative of the grant application. A resolution or match commitment letter must be included with your application.
APPLICATION AND REVIEW:  Applications are due April 21, 2023. Applications will be reviewed by the Vernon County Economic Development Committee. Grant awards will be released by June 30, 2023. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Community need and impact: Community need and how the project will address it is clearly defined
  2. Budget: Project expenses are allowable and reasonable
  3. Match: Required matching funds are secured and available throughout the project implementation
  4. Project timeline: The project timeline is realistic and achievable by the deadline of June 15, 2024
  5. Overall project proposal

GRANT PROJECT COMPLETION AND REPORTING:  Grantees will be expected to complete the project by June 15, 2024, and to provide an impact report within 30 days of project completion. The impact report will include 2-3 photos of the completed project and a short summary of how the project has or will impact the economic growth and resiliency of the community.

TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION OR ASK FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  Contact Amy Oliver, Vernon County Grants Officer, at 608-637-5379 or