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Here are the latest updates on our organizational efforts to inform and ensure an effective community response to COVID-19.

Today's highlights include reopening resources for local businesses, a new grant opportunity for Wisconsin small businesses and relief for local nonprofits.


With all Dane County public health orders set to expire June 2, Public Health Madison & Dane County has shared resources to help businesses finalize and implement their own policies for customers and staff going forward.

Some voluntary recommendations for businesses and workplaces include encouraging vaccination among staff, considering whether your business needs a masking policy, reviewing and implementing sector-specific guidance from the CDC, and retaining protocols for hygiene, employee illness and cleaning.

Find the full document here.


Applications opened today for up to $420 million in new Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grants and will remain open until June 7 at 4:30 p.m. The program, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, will provide a flat award of $5,000 to up to 84,000 Wisconsin small businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic and have annual gross revenue between $10,000 and $7 million.

To learn more about the program, visit here.

To apply, click here.


Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced today that the county is partnering with the Madison Community Foundation (MCF) to distribute $5 million in grants to Dane County-based non-profits who experienced economic losses over the past year.
MCF will coordinate the grant application and review process and award dollars based on a series of criteria. Organizations will need to demonstrate loss of income due to the pandemic to successfully compete for a grant award.
All Dane County nonprofits will be able to apply once a resolution allocating the funds to MCF is adopted by the Dane County Board. Information about how to apply will be available on MCF’s website once the fund is officially created.


For a full archive of previously shared resources, visit

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