A portion of the funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will go towards job creation and infrastructure projects that are “shovel-ready,” in other words, projects that are already in progress and ready to start construction in the next few months. Municipalities interested in tapping into Wisconsin’s share of these funds can take a couple of steps now towards that goal.

The Wisconsin Office of Recovery and Reinvestment is facilitating the dispersal of Wisconsin’s share of the federal funding to projects in Wisconsin. Funding will be directed through existing agencies and grant programs. The office’s website (https://www.recovery.wi.gov/programs.asp?locid=164) now has a list of these funding sources by category. For each funding source the site lists the scope of the funding program, the agency in charge, entities that are eligible to apply for the program, and a contact person. Municipalities that meet the eligibility requirements should contact these funding sources directly to find out how to apply.

Furthermore, applicants for federal grant funding must first register online at this website:https://www07.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp. The registration process takes anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks. Municipalities that may by applying for stimulus funding and have not already done so should preregister at this website now.

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