Loans & Grants

Business Improvement District Revolving Loan Fund

North Shore Bank and the Historic King Drive Business Improvement District (BID) offer a revolving loan fund, to be used towards the revitalization efforts in the business district. North Shore Bank and the BID’s investment is utilized to fund small business loans between $1,000 and $10,000. The loans are available to qualified businesses looking to either start or grow their presence in the Historic King Drive district. In addition to the funds, applicants will receive free technical assistance and mentorship through the Wisconsin Womens Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC).

City of Milwaukee Façade Grant

The City’s Façade Grant program provides financial and business assistance to businesses and commercial property owners interested in renovating the street faces of their buildings. The program was established by DCD to increase the physical appearance of Milwaukee’s commercial areas.The City’s Façade Grant program provides financial and business assistance to businesses and commercial property owners interested in renovating the street faces of their buildings. The program was established by DCD to increase the physical appearance of Milwaukee’s commercial areas.The City’s Façade Grant program provides financial and business assistance to businesses and commercial property owners interested in renovating the street faces of their buildings. The program was established by DCD to increase the physical appearance of Milwaukee’s commercial areas.

We’re All In Small Business Grant

Small businesses in Wisconsin often operate on razor-thin profit margins and hold very little cash in reserve, which makes weathering the effects of a global pandemic particularly challenging. Complicating matters for these small businesses seeking federal or other financial assistance is that they often lack the financial relationships required, or are otherwise ineligible, to qualify for these programs. WEDC’s We’re All In Small Business Grant is designed to help these small businesses get back on their feet while also encouraging adoption of best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will begin accepting applications online for the $75 million We’re All In Small Business Grant (WSBG) program beginning at 8 a.m. on June 15.

City-White Box Program

The city-wide White Box program is designed to provide targeted financial incentives to increase the vitality of the neighborhood commercial corridors. The funds will assist in recruiting new businesses to vacant commercial/retail tenants spaces in commercial buildings.

Brew City Match

JPMorgan Chase, as part of its Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) competition awarded $3.5 million to the Brew City Match. The purpose of the program is to help fuel economic development in under served communities. The program is being launched within the Historic King Drive, North Avenue & Fond du Lac, and Cesar Chavez Drive corridors, and connects new and expanding businesses with quality commercial real estate, business training, and funding to fuel the revival of Milwaukee’s historic commercial corridors.

KIVA

More than 1.7 billion people around the world are unbanked and can’t access the financial services they need. Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 in San Francisco, with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive.

We do this by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for the underserved, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world. Through Kiva’s work, students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care.

By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, you can be part of the solution and make a real difference in someone’s life.
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Contact Us

Historic King Drive BID #8

2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive - Suite 206
Milwaukee, WI 53212

(414) 265-5809

info@kingdriveis.com