COVID-19 Lodging Grant Program

In 2019, visitors to the state spent $3.7 billion on lodging but recent reports indicate that up to two-thirds of all Wisconsin hotels face closure within the next 12 months without additional support.

Governor Tony Evers has designated $20,000,000 from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist hotel, motel and bed and breakfast operators whose facilities have been negatively affected by COVID-19. Administered through the Department of Administration (DOA), the COVID-19 Lodging Grant Program will provide awards on average of approximately $175 per eligible room in Wisconsin.


For more information regarding the COVID-19 Lodging Grant Program, including the grant application, please visit the dropdowns below. If you are interested in keeping up to date on the latest information regarding the Lodging Grant program, subscribe to our mailing list today!


Timeline - UPDATED October 19, 2020
  • Eligible Expense Incurred Period - March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020
  • Grant Announcement Issue Date - Tuesday, October 13, 2020
  • Webinar - Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM - UPDATED
  • Applications Due - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM CST - UPDATED
  • Notification of Award Issue Date - November 2020 (estimate)
  • Grant Agreement Execution - November 2020 (estimate)
  • Final Report Due - February 1, 2021