To help businesses damaged during the protests and distressed by the COVID-19 pandemic, MMAC and the Milwaukee Development Corporation have launched the Rebuild & Revitalize grant program.
Thanks to the generosity of several Milwaukee business community members, the program was able to provide financial assistance to businesses that were damaged during periods of civil unrest over the summer.
It launched in June 2020, through the MMAC Community Support Foundation, after the unjust killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis touched off an outpouring of protests across the country and here in Milwaukee. While the vast majority of these protests were peaceful, some businesses were damaged, and might have had to close their doors permanently without some assistance.
Eligible businesses were identified and evaluated in collaboration with Business Improvement District executives, the Milwaukee Department of City Development and the Milwaukee Police Department. Among the relief provided to businesses was:
• Glass and door repairs for 19 businesses
• Rent assistance for 23 tenants at the Sherman Phoenix development
• Insurance deductible assistance for 8 businesses
• Loan payment assistance for 2 businesses awaiting insurance payments
MMAC and the Milwaukee Development Corp. intend to continue the dialogue begun with community BID leaders and to use them as a resource and advisory board to work on additional catalytic community-based real estate and business projects.
Applications are now closed.
Questions? Contact Marjorie Yoshida - Manager of administrative services of MMAC’s Milwaukee Development Corp. at 414/287-4126
“This investment will help not only the businesses that were impacted, but the neighborhoods and residents they serve."
The grant was seeded with an initial $300,000 from T&M Partners and the Kelben Foundation. We thank them, along with these additional donors: