Assistance for Fixing Lead Hazards

 

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Funding for Individuals

Funds to address lead-based paint hazards through home renovation and repair may be available in your community. Many grant and loan opportunities prioritize homeowners with low to moderate incomes, or property owners who rent to tenants with low to moderate incomes. Some funding programs target special groups such as veterans or rural residents.

Funding opportunities can change rapidly, so we recommend contacting potential funding sources directly for the most up-to-date information on funding opportunities in your community.

Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investments Partnership Programs

Wisconsin CDBG Housing Regions map

The Division of Housing, in the Wisconsin Department of Administration, has a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investments Partnership Program (HOME) to fund housing rehabilitation, including work done to control lead hazards.

Counties colored in red, as well as cities with populations over 50,000, receive and provide CDBG funding independently of regional offices. Contact information for programs in those areas is available here.

Otherwise, click on the map to find out which region you live in, and get in touch with that office to see whether funding is available to you.

North West Housing Region
Northwest Regional Planning Commission
715-635-2197

Northwoods Housing Region
GAI Consultants
715-752-4620

West Central Housing Region
Chippewa County Housing Authority
715-726-7933, ext. 8

Central Housing Region
Juneau County Housing Authority
608-847-7309

Northeastern Housing Region
Brown County Planning Commission
920-448-6480

South West Housing Region
Couleecap, Inc.
608-796-2038

Southern Housing Region
MSA Professional Services
800-552-6330

Lead Hazard Reduction Funding

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds programs that provide lead paint hazard reduction assistance to individual low- and moderate-income homeowners with children under the age of six and who occupy houses with lead-based paint, and to property owners who have dwellings with lead-based paint that are occupied by low- and moderate-income tenants with children under age 6. The following communities currently have lead hazard reduction funding from U.S. HUD:

City of Milwaukee
Lead Primary Prevention Program
414-286-5937

Kenosha County
Kenosha/Racine Lead-Free Communities Partnership
262-605-6700
http://legacyoflead.com

City of Racine
Kenosha/Racine Lead-Free Communities Partnership
262-636-9538
http://legacyoflead.com

Other Funding Opportunities

Rural Housing Repair Program funds, which can be used for renovation and repair assistance, are available for both Single Family Residences and Multi-Family Residences.

Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP) funds may be used for repairing and remodeling of a veteran's primary residence.

For emergency housing assistance, visit the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) webpage to find the agency serving your area.

 

Funding for Organizations

This list of grantors includes both government and private sources of funding. Search through both to find those that apply to your organization's need and solution.  After that, find out how to prepare and submit your grant application.

Government Agencies

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives you access to a database of all federal programs available to state and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally recognized Indian tribal governments; territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. After you find a program of interest, contact the office that administers the program and find out how to apply.

Community Planning and Development Programs

Community planning and development programs provide assistance to a wide variety of grantees. The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, for example, provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities, urban counties and states to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for individuals earning low and moderate incomes.

Additionally, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use--often in partnership with local nonprofit groups--to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or that provide direct rental assistance to low-income people.

Grants.gov

Grants.gov allows organizations to find and apply for competitive grant opportunities electronically from all federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov is the single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies. 

U.S. HUD awards grants to organizations and groups for a variety of purposes, including lead hazard reduction. You may search for these on grants.gov, and read information pertaining to available funds, funding announcements, and the HUD grants system on HUD's Grants Information page.

Private Foundations

Foundation Center

Founded in 1956, Foundation Center is a source of information on philanthropy, fundraisers and grant programs.

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is a permanent charitable endowment created for the community, by the community. Within it are hundreds of individual charitable funds, each created to serve the charitable needs specified by its donors. These funds allow the Foundation to make discretionary grants to nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties. The Foundation uses a competitive application and review process that selects grant recipients based on proposals it receives from nonprofit organizations.

Medical College of Wisconsin's Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program

This program provides a unique opportunity for community and Medical College of Wisconsin academic partners to develop innovative programs to improve health in Wisconsin. The program is committed to a model that capitalizes on the strength in community-academic partnerships.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to improve the health and health care of all Americans. The foundation supports training, education, research (excluding biomedical research), and projects that demonstrate the effective delivery of health care services. Rather than paying for individual care, the foundation concentrates on health care systems and the conditions that promote better health.

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health's Wisconsin Partnership Program

The Wisconsin Partnership Program administers five competitive grant programs, each with a unique approach toward improving the health of the people of Wisconsin.

Last Revised: June 13, 2017