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Housing Grant Program 

*The Housing Grant Program is not available for personal home improvement projects or home buyer assistance. For WHEDA's home buyer programs, please click here

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and the WHEDA Foundation, Inc. make available annually grant funds through the Housing Grant Program competition. The Program's mission is to assist in the improvement of the state's housing for the following special needs populations:

  • homeless persons
  • runaways
  • alcohol or drug dependent persons
  • persons in need of protective services
  • domestic abuse victims
  • developmentally disabled persons
  • low-income or frail elderly persons
  • chronically mentally ill persons
  • physically impaired or disabled persons
  • people living with HIV disease
  • individuals or families who do not have access to traditional or permanent housing
  • youth in out of home placement
  • veterans

Who Can Apply?

  • Nonprofit organizations or cooperatives organized under Chapters 181, 185, or 187 of the Wisconsin Statutes
  • Community development, redevelopment and housing authorities
  • Local units of government
  • Native American tribal authorities

2020 Housing Grant Program:

The 2020 Housing Grant Program competition is now closed. Applications were due on August 21, 2020.

2020 Housing Grant Program Materials (for reference only)

Year-to-Date Program Activity

Since the inception of the Housing Grant Program in 1985, the Foundation has granted funds to over 40% of total requests received. Below are the current statistics for all years since the program began.

Total Requests Received: 2,594
Total Funds Requested: $75,434,988
Total Awards Issued: 1,157
Total Funds Awarded: $24,968,000


Final Report Instructions

Once projects are complete, grant recipients are required to report the completion of their grant by providing the following information: 

  • Written narrative that identifies grant project start and completion dates, summarizes project activities and total funds expended.  
  • Proof of completion through paid invoices and/or pictures.  

Reporting documents may be delivered to the WHEDA Foundation: 201 West Washington Avenue, Suite 700, Madison, WI 53703, or emailed to WHEDA.Foundation@wheda.com. Reports are due once your project is complete. Projects should be complete within 12 months from the acceptance of grant funds. 

Extension Requests

An extension may be requested by submitting a Grant Completion Extension Form. Awarded projects with unspent grant funds beyond the 12-month period following the receipt of a WHEDA Foundation grant may not be eligible for future awards until projects are completed or outstanding funds are spent. 

Housing Grant Awards

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014

The WHEDA Foundation Grant awards were made on December 18. A list of the grant awards and the statistics for this year's competition is provided below. Awards are listed by category: Emergency/Transitional Housing, followed by Permanent Housing. The document includes the following information:

  • Name of Grant Recipient
  • Grant Amount
  • City where the Project is Located
  • County where the Project is Located
  • Number of Beds/Units
  • Brief Project Description

2019 Awards List

PDF

2019 Program Statistics

 Requests Received: 85 
 Funds Requested: $2,652,430
 Awards Issued: 41
 Total Funds Awarded: $1,001,900
 Bed/Units Assisted: 1,098

 

 

 

The WHEDA Foundation Grant awards were made on October 26. Statistics for this year's competition are provided. A listing of the recipients is provided. Awards are listed by category: Emergency/Transitional Housing, followed by Permanent Housing. The listing includes the following information:

  • Name of Grant Recipient
  • Grant Amount
  • City where the Project is Located
  • County where the Project is Located
  • Number of Beds/Units
  • Brief Project Description

2018 Awards List

PDF

2018 Program Statistics

Requests Received:62
Funds Requested:$1,305,983
Awards Issued:29
Total Funds Awarded:$513,824
Bed/Units Assisted:1,005

 

 

The WHEDA Foundation Grant awards were made on August 28. Statistics for this year's competition are provided. A listing of the recipients is provided. Awards are listed by category: Emergency/Transitional Housing, followed by Permanent Housing. The listing includes the following information:

  • Name of Grant Recipient
  • Grant Amount
  • City where the Project is Located
  • County where the Project is Located
  • Number of Beds/Units
  • Brief Project Description

2017 Awards List

PDF

2017 Program Statistics

Requests Received:58
Funds Requested:$1,175,589
Awards Issued:29
Total Funds Awarded:$500,000
Bed/Units Assisted:542

 

 

The WHEDA Foundation Grant awards were made on August 19. Statistics for this year's competition are provided. A listing of the recipients is provided. Awards are listed by category: Emergency/Transitional Housing, followed by Permanent Housing. The listing includes the following information:

  • Name of Grant Recipient
  • Grant Amount
  • City where the Project is Located
  • County where the Project is Located
  • Number of Beds/Units
  • Brief Project Description

2016 Awards List:  

PDF

2016 Program Statistics

Requests Received:48
Funds Requested:$1,056,013
Awards Issued:28
Total Funds Awarded:$500,000
Bed/Units Assisted:1,165

The WHEDA Foundation Grant awards were made on August 19. Statistics for this year's competition are provided. A listing of the recipients is provided in a .pdf file format. Awards are listed by category: Emergency/Transitional Housing, followed by Permanent Housing. The listing includes the following information:

  • Name of Grant Recipient
  • Grant Amount
  • City where the Project is Located
  • County where the Project is Located
  • Number of Beds/Units
  • Brief Project Description

2015 Awards List:  

PDF

2015 Program Statistics

Requests Received:48
Funds Requested:$996.362
Awards Issued:28
Total Funds Awarded:$500,000
Bed/Units Assisted:1.163

The WHEDA Foundation Grant awards were made on August 22. Statistics for this year's competition are provided. A listing of the recipients is provided in a .pdf file format. Awards are listed by category: Emergency/Transitional Housing, followed by Permanent Housing. The listing includes the following information:

  • Name of Grant Recipient
  • Grant Amount
  • City where the Project is Located
  • County where the Project is Located
  • Number of Beds/Units
  • Brief Project Description

2014 Awards List:

PDF

2014 Program Statistics

Requests Received:56
Funds Requested:$1,191,823
Awards Issued:28
Total Funds Awarded:$355,000
Bed/Units Assisted:609