WAUTOMA, Wis. (CBS 58) – Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday, Dec. 7 that more than $ 14 million in grants have gone to theaters, summer camps and minor league sports teams statewide . The grants awarded today are part of the governor’s investment of more than $ 140 million to support the recovery of Wisconsin’s tourism and entertainment industries after the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
âFrom Wautoma to Spooner, summer camps, theaters and minor league sports teams are important parts of our communities and our state’s economy,â Governor Evers said. âUnfortunately, like many businesses in our tourism industry, these people have been particularly affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This investment will continue to fuel our state’s recovery and ensure a strong rebound for our local communities. “
According to a press release, the Movie Theater Assistance Grant Program is a more than $ 10 million program that provides approximately $ 15,000 per screen to 49 theater companies. This is the second pandemic relief program to help the movie industry in Wisconsin, bringing the total investment in Wisconsin theaters to $ 20 million. Additional information about the Cinema Assistance Grant program, including a list of grant recipients, can be found here.
The Minor League Sports Team Grants program provides $ 2.8 million to 17 minor league teams across the state, using federal pandemic relief funding to help teams recover lost revenue in 2020. Additional information on the Minor League Sports Team Grants program, including a list of award-winning grants, is available here.
The Summer Camp Assistance Grant program will provide a total of $ 1.8 million to 37 eligible summer camps operating in Wisconsin to offset losses from the pandemic. Each camp recipient will receive $ 50,000. It is also the first pandemic relief program targeting summer camps in Wisconsin. Additional information on the Summer Camp Assistance Grant program, including a list of fellows, is available here.
All three programs are funded by federal bailout law and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA). Applications for the three aid grants were opened on September 16, 2021 and closed on October 15, 2021.
âWe are proud to be working alongside our many partners to make these grants a reality,â said Joel Brennan, secretary of the Wisconsin DOA. âGetting this much needed help for our minor league sports teams, theaters and summer camp operators is an investment in our communities and an investment in Wisconsin’s ongoing strong recovery. “