COVID-19 Resources and Information for Businesses

Last updated 5/26/2020 at 8:45 a.m. Disclaimer: information on this page is subject to frequent change.

Dane County Eases Restrictions, Moves to Phase 1 of Reopening Plan

Businesses can open at 25% capacity; Salons, tattoo parlors, and spas can open by appointment only. Read more...

Dane County Issues "Forward Dane" Plan for Phased Reopening of Dane County

Read the plan

Dane County Safer At Home Order still in place

With the state Supreme Court overruling Governor Evers’ extension of the Safer At Home Order, Dane County has issued a separate Order that is in affect for the County. For more information, please click here.

New State Funds for Diverse Small Businesses from WEDC

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has established a new small business grant program. Applications will be accepted from May 18-24. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Dane County Expands Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program with $10.8 Million Funding Pool

Dane Count Executive Joe Parisi recently announced the expansion of the grant program that is operated by Dane Buy Local. For more information and a link to the application, please click here.

Governor Evers announces "Badger Bounce Back Plan"

The Governor announced a three phase plan for reopening closed businesses and programs on April 20th. For more information, please click the link for Badger Bounce Back Plan details. Click here for full Emergency Order 31.

Save Small Business Fund (U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation)

For program information and application, click here.

Dane County Announces Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program

On April 1st, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced a new small business pandemic support grant program for those businesses affected by COVID-19. For more information on the program, please click link for the press release.

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (National Restaurant Association Education Foundation)

For program information and application, click here.

Small Business Resources

Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund Announcement


As Dane County faces one of the biggest public health crises in its history -- businesses reducing workforce or closing leaving some without incomes, school closings leaving parents searching for childcare, food and housing services bracing for new complexities in their work, and health care workers preparing for a spike in patients -- leaders in our community are taking action.

Today United Way of Dane County, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Selfless Ambition and other area organizations announced a collaborative effort to provide financial relief for those hit hardest by the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Community members and businesses have already raised more than $885,500 for the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund.

Funds will be split into two approaches:
1. Short-term emergency, focused on individual and families’ immediate needs. This fund is operated by Boys & Girls Club and Selfless Ambition and fundraising closes on March 20. Grant decisions will be made by May 15 and will be directed to:
• Medical supplies for those impacted by this virus
• Meals for kids due to school closures
• Local shelters as they assist families and individuals
• College students in need of temporary housing and meals
• Senior citizens in need of meals, transportation and medical assistance
• Hardship funding for nonprofits for individuals and families
2. Long-term response and recovery, focused on providing resources to nonprofits, individuals and families. This fund is operated by United Way of Dane County and will remain open for the foreseeable future. This fund is focused on:
• Food/meals for older adults and children
• Eviction prevention
• Homelessness prevention
• Flex fund (flexible dollars to respond to other crises that individuals, families or nonprofits experience)
Long-term recovery needs will continue to be assessed as more data about the impact of the crisis become available. No administrative costs are being charged for either fund. An independent group of community, business and grassroots leaders will determine disbursements. More information can be found here.

We are grateful for the support of the hundreds of donors and businesses who have contributed to the fund so far. Lead gifts to the combined effort include the following:
• $100,000 – Dan and Patti Rashke TASC Family Foundation
• $100,000 – Madison Gas & Electric Foundation
• $100,000 – UW Credit Union
• $75,000 – Ascendium Education Group
• $50,000 – Kevin and Shelia Conroy
• $50,000 – Bob and Anne Trunzo
• $50,000 – Jim and Jessica Yehle
• $50,000 – John and Jo Ellen McKenzie
• $50,000 – American Family Insurance
• $50,000 – UW Health, UnityPoint Health – Meriter and Quartz
• $50,000 – Madison Teachers Inc.
• $42,500 – Alliant Energy
• $30,000 – Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison, UnityPoint Health – Meriter and UW Health
• $25,000 – GE Healthcare
• $25,000 – Meicher Family Foundation
• $38,000 – from individuals and families in gifts of all sizes
United Way of Dane County is also actively recruiting volunteers to assist in COVID-19-related efforts. At Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s request, we are working to connect any healthy person willing to help agencies with volunteer power and material donations, for example volunteer matching EPIC employees with Meals on Wheels or TASC employees donating masks to Porchlight. Volunteerism priorities are:
• Food delivery
• Childcare for emergency care workers
• Temporary housing and food pantry staffing support
• Temporary housing and food pantry donations
Help now with safe volunteer opportunities and material donation needs specific to COVID-19 relief at www.volunteeryourtime.org.

We are committed to the care of our community and each other, and we always emerge stronger than before. Together, we are The Power of Many. Working for All.

To make a gift to the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund, visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/help4covid or text “help4covid” to 40403.