WEDC Announces the Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant

Milwaukee, Wis., May 15, 2020 – To help ethnic minority-owned micro-businesses cope with the economic impact of COVID-19, the Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant Initiative is being launched with a total of $2 million to be made available to 1,000 Wisconsin micro-businesses by WEDC.

A business may apply for a one-time grant of $2,000 for short-term operations assistance through Wisconsin’s Collective Ethnic and Diverse Organizations. Applicants will be subject to underwriting, and grant recipients will be required to submit a report indicating how the funds were used. Online applications will be accepted from May 18-24, 2020. A link to the portal will be provided below.

The grant is to be used towards business operating expenses which may include payroll/owner draws, rent, inventory, and utilities.


A business may apply if it fits these criteria:

  • The business is for-profit, Wisconsin-based and at least 51% ethnic minority-owned.

  • The business started operating prior to Jan. 1, 2020 and was operating as of Feb. 29, 2020.

  • The business has no more than five (5) full-time equivalent employees, including the owner.

  • The business operates in the retail, service or hospitality industries.

  • The business has not received assistance through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business 20/20 Program or the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through the federal CARES Act.

Application Process:

A link to WEDC's portal will be accessible on May 18-24 on HWCC's website.

FAQ and Contact:

To find out more about this grant. Visit WEDC's FAQ Page here.

For further questions on this grant, please contact HWCC at (414)-645-8828 or

(715) 298-6071.


About the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce: The Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce (HWCC) is a Community Development Financial Institution that provides economic development assistance in business planning and operations. HWCC acts as an advocate for Wisconsin’s Asian American communities and entrepreneurs as well as low-income and disadvantaged communities regarding business and economic issues. For more information visit

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