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.

NEW! The Lead-Safe Homes Program is a new program for fixing houses of low-income families with children or a pregnant woman. Reach out for more information about the program.

Department of Administration Housing Programs

Wisconsin CDBG Housing Regions mapThe 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.

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. Or see the office listings below for contact information.

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 on the Department of Administration's (DOA) CDBG contact list.

CDBG Housing Regional Offices

North West Housing Region
Northwest Regional Planning Commission

Northwoods Housing Region
GAI Consultants

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

Central Housing Region
Juneau County Housing Authority

Northeastern Housing Region
Brown County Planning Commission

South West Housing Region
Couleecap, Inc.

Southern Housing Region
MSA Professional Services

NEW Lead-Safe Homes Program

The Lead-Safe Homes Program is a new program at the Department of Health Services. If you and your family live in an older home that has peeling paint or old windows, and your family is on Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus, this program might be able to help make repairs to your home to make it lead-safe for your family. Learn more about the Lead-Safe Homes Program.

Lead Hazard Reduction Funding in the City of Milwaukee and Kenosha and Racine Counties

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. The following communities currently have lead hazard reduction funding from HUD:

City of Milwaukee
Lead Primary Prevention Program

Kenosha County
Kenosha/Racine Lead-Free Communities Partnership

Racine County
Kenosha/Racine Lead-Free Communities Partnership

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.

VA Home Loans may be used for repairing and remodeling of a veteran's primary residence.

Visit the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) webpage to find out more about emergency rental assistance for Wisconsin residents.


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. allows organizations to find and apply for competitive grant opportunities electronically from all federal grant-making agencies. 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, 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 Community Grants Program

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

Last Revised: November 1, 2021