COVID-19 Movie Theater Grant Program

As of 2:00PM CDT October 29, 2020, the COVID-19 Movie Theater Grant Program is no longer accepting applications in accordance with the application deadline posted in the Program Grant Announcement.

Applicants and other interested persons are encouraged to register for the Program email distribution list.  The Program anticipates issuing a Notification of Award in November 2020.


Wisconsin movie theaters have not been spared the financial strain felt by movie theater companies nationally as content has been limited and activity limited across the state.

Governor Tony Evers has designated $10,000,000 from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to movie theater operators whose facilities have been negatively affected by COVID-19. Administered through the Department of Administration (DOA), the COVID-19 Movie Theater Grant Program will provide awards on average of approximately $13,000 per eligible movie theater screen in Wisconsin.


For more information regarding the COVID-19 Movie Theater 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 Movie Theater Grant program, subscribe to our mailing list today!

Timeline - UPDATED October 27, 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 1:00 PM UPDATED, see "Resources" for instructions
  • Question Submission Deadline - Monday October 26 at 10:00 AM CT
    • (please refer to the Q&A Document Under the "Resources" dropdown)
  • Applications Due - Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM CST - EXTENDED
  • Notification of Award Issue Date - November 2020 (estimate)
  • Grant Agreement Execution - November 2020 (estimate)
  • Final Report Due - February 1, 2021