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Housing Grant Program Competition

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits and Local Agencies for Permanent
or Transitional Housing for Individuals with Special Needs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and WHEDA Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/23/19 Postmarked or Delivered


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Grants of up to $40,000 to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, community development, redevelopment, and housing authorities, and local and tribal agencies to develop or improve emergency and permanent housing for low-income people with special needs.

The program’s mission is to assist in the improvement of the state’s housing for the following special-needs populations; homeless, runaway youth, youth-in-crisis or out-of-home placement, veterans, alcohol or drug dependent persons, persons in need of protective services, domestic abuse victims, developmentally disabled, low-income or frail elderly persons, chronically mentally ill, physically impaired or disabled persons, people living with HIV disease, and individuals or families who do not have access to traditional or permanent housing.

This fund will support two separate competitions:
- Emergency and transitional housing category
- Permanent housing category

Emphasis is placed on projects with the greatest potential for creating or improving affordable housing or shelter opportunities for the target groups. Projects that show evidence of financial viability through sufficient funding commitments and describe the applicant’s ability to proceed competently and promptly toward completion of the proposed project are encouraged. Projects should show that appropriate resident support services are available where applicable.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170422

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum individual grant award is $40,000 per project. There is no minimum grant award and smaller funding requests are allowed.

Term of Contract:

Projects are expected to be completed within the time frame indicated by the applicant. Generally, a project completion shall not exceed a 12-month period following receipt of WHEDA Foundation grant funds. An extension of up to three additional months may be requested by submitting a Grant Completion Extension Form.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations or cooperatives organized under Chapters 181, 185, or 187 of the Wisconsin Statutes; community development, redevelopment, and housing authorities; and local units of government, including Native American tribal authorities.

Grant recipients that received three consecutive funding awards through the WHEDA Foundation 2016, 2017, and 2018 housing grant competitions are not eligible to apply for the 2019 housing grants program.

Ineligible Use of Grant Funds
- Market studies
- Feasibility studies
- Down payment assistance
- Ongoing project operating costs
- Housing-related services
- Vehicles and other transportation services
- Costs incurred in the preparation of the 2019 Housing Grant Program application
- Costs incurred prior to the 2019 Housing Grant Program award date

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due on August 23, 2019.

Grant awards will be announced on or about December 20, 2019.

Applicants may submit only one application per category.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be mailed to:
Housing Grant Program
WHEDA Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1728
Madison, WI 53701-1728

Applications may be delivered to:
Housing Grant Program
WHEDA Foundation, Inc.
201 West Washington Avenue, Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703

John Vogt | 608.267.4543

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin