Tuesday, May 23, 2006

State launches web site to help communities identify grant opportunities

The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) today launched the WiGrants Catalog, a centralized, online listing of competitive, application-based grants available to local and tribal governments.

"DOA's role is to provide cost-effective solutions to our partners in state, local and tribal government so they can serve their employees and citizens," said Laura Arbuckle, administrator of the Division of Intergovernmental Relations. "The WiGrants Catalog is a continuation of this work that will greatly improve local governments' ability to locate grant opportunities so they can continue to improve their local communities and control property taxes."

The new catalog is one of several initiatives led by DOA to strengthen the working relationship between state, local and tribal governments. Other examples of this work include the WiPartnerships Web page,which provides cost-saving resources and programs for local governments, the ACE Initiative, which offers local and tribal governments the opportunity to use the state's purchasing power to lower the prices of the goods they buy, energy conservation assistance, low-cost technology services and equipment, land use planning, municipal boundary issues, and coastal management.

The WiGrants Catalog currently contains aid listings from the following state agencies and offices:
  • Department of Administration
  • Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Public Instruction
  • Department of Health & Family Services
  • Department of Military Affairs
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Public Defender Board
  • Public Service Commission
  • State Historical Society

The WiGrants Catalog is the successor to the Wisconsin Catalog of Community Assistance.