The League of Wisconsin Municipalities E-Newsletter | July 2021
ARPA Plans Google Spreadsheet - see what other Wisconsin municipalities have planned and share your own plans.
This "Non-Exclusive List of ARPA Eligible Uses by the DOR is available online here.
"ARPA & Financing"
The July 2021 The Municipality

Great advice on investing the American Rescue Plan funding from Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors and Ruekert Mielke plus insight on TID closures from Ehlers and the transformation of a concrete channel to a community asset by Graef and so much more. Read the magazine.

Bonus article: "Making the Most of ARPA" by Sharon Eveland, City Administrator, Clintonville. 
Mayor, Village President, Manager or Administrator?
You don't want to miss the League's Chief Executives Workshop
August 19 & 20, 2021 (Early arrival reception 5:30pm Aug 18) at the
Hotel Retlaw in Fond du Lac.
You are needed to help delineate Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs)
Why? Because PUMAs are used by the Census Bureau to draw geographic lines that inform the data that will define your municipality for the next decade.
Who? Anyone with local knowledge of growth and development patterns.

If this is you, contact Jim Young, Demographic Services Center Lead & State Data Center Lead, WI Department of Administration, Division of Intergovernmental Relations at

*PUMAs are non-overlapping, statistical geographic areas that partition each state or equivalent entity into geographic areas containing no fewer than 100,000 people each.
Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP)
LRIPWeb: Applying for a New Project
Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (with Q&A)
The webinar will introduce and demonstrate steps to apply for a new LRIP project within the application and provide resources on how to fully use it in the upcoming program cycle.
This is the second in a series of webinars on the utilization of the Enhanced LRIPWeb application.
Access the webinar via YouTube (Test the link ahead of time to ensure you have access to YouTube through the computer you will be viewing from.)
Questions on the enhanced LRIPWeb application or the webinar, contact Patrick Vander Sanden, Statewide Local Program Manager, Wisconsin Department of Transportation 608-266-0775
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority 2021 Housing Grant
Applications are due by August 23rd, 2021 with announcements being made in late December. Details and application materials

For developers:
WHEDA opens applications for Innovation Housing Tax Credits 
Available through 9% federal housing tax credit set aside
The application period for this special round of housing tax credits is now open and will run until Sept. 3, 2021. The Innovation Housing Tax Credit application is on WHEDA’s website here. A free webinar to highlight the launch of the innovation round and to provide information on the application process is Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.. Click here to register. 

Rental Assistance Funding
U.S. Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program makes funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities. The funds are provided directly to grantees such as states, U.S. territories, local governments, and (in the case of the first round of funding) Indian tribes. Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs. To learn more about how to apply for emergency rental assistance in your state, please visit this link. Information in Spanish for renters can be found here, and information in Spanish for landlords can be found here
DNR Surface Water Grant Funding
More than $6 million is available to provide cost-sharing grants to support projects in the following areas:
• Education, outreach and organization development
• Planning for protection and restoration
• Restoration of surface water and shorelands
• Management plan implementation
• Aquatic invasive species prevention & control

Download the grant application from the “Applying” tab. Fill out the sections labeled “pre-application” and submit it to by Sept. 2. This rough project outline and draft budget will help the DNR understand what you are looking to propose and help them provide technical assistance and feedback before the complete application is due on Nov. 1.
Municipalities Encouraged to Apply for UniverCITY Year

UniverCITY year can help you tackle affordable housing, water quality/nutrient management, or parks/recreation or anything else - no matter how insurmountable it seems.
UniverCITY is an award-winning program at UW-Madison that helps local government leaders tap into faculty, staff, and students across the university. They are flexible about working with you regardless of how big or small, rural or urban, many or few projects. Application deadline is July 26, 2021.
Meet Gavin Luter, UniverCITY Managing Director at the League's 123rd Annual Conference. He'll be there with other Local Government Resource Partners at our Informational Kiosks on Thursday, October 21.
#LeagueWI2021 Details and Registration
At a Crossroads: Options for fire and emergency medical services in the City of Milton
Wisconsin Policy Forum
Join us for this DEEP DIVE on Wednesday, October 20 at the League's 123rd Annual Conference > The EMS Problem: Working Toward a Solution
(One-Day Registration is available.)
#LeagueWI2021 Details and registration.
Climate-Critical Lands Report:
Carbon Storage in Wisconsin’s Landscapes
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
2021 Wisconsin Civics Games Contest Winners
The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation announced the winners of the inaugural Wisconsin Civics Games Editorial Writing & Cartoon Contest during a virtual awards ceremony.

Launched during Sunshine Week, the WNA Foundation's effort to increase civic education and engagement, the students were asked to convey their opinion about an issue related to the First Amendment.

Thirteen students received a cash award, a certificate and the opportunity to be publish by newspapers across the state. See all the winning entries.
Health and Equity in All Policies Alliance
Community Highlights - Fitchburg & Watertown
From Firefighter to Writer - Greg Renz
Love Wisconsin
Read Greg's story. Click here to comment on this story on the League's Facebook page.
Learn more about women in local government. (In particular, watch the video "Why Don't Women Run," a conversation that Kathy mentions in the discussion.)
Kathy Ehley, Wauwatosa's Mayor from 2012 to 2020, talked with Todd Schmidt, League Board President and Waunakee Village Administrator about leading with humility. Watch the video.

As a leader, Kathy sometimes found that she was the only woman in the room. She talks about her leadership strategy, not only as the "only woman in the room," but in dealing with bullies and more importantly in gaining the trust and respect of her community and her peers across the state.

Click here to like, comment and say Hi to Kathy and Todd on the League's Facebook page.
Short Stormwater Runoff Survey
University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Graduate Student (with good timing)
Stormwater runoff can be a contributor to pollution of receiving waters such as local creeks and rivers. Please complete this voluntary/anonymous survey on water quality and infrastructure, designed as part of a UNI graduate program in Public Policy.

Reminder - USDA Launches Resource Guide to Help America’s Rural Workforce
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled a resource guide (PDF, 2.5 MB) to help rural community leaders start and expand employment opportunities and access resources to train, recruit and create a sustainable rural workforce.

Reminder: Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin - Madison 2021-2022 Senior Capstone Project
Application Deadline: August 14th, 2021
Applicant Notification: September 16th, 2021
The Department is currently pursuing opportunities for design and planning service projects to be considered for the 2021-2022 Senior Capstone Project. Most design and planning projects fall within community design/placemaking, urban/industrial redevelopments, waterfronts, and park/open space planning. Upon completion of the project each client receives a comprehensive design and planning document that has the potential to support future design, planning, grant writing, and other fundraising efforts. Projects take place from September to May and are completed by a senior student in the Professional Landscape Architecture degree program. Each landscape architecture student is guided by an advisory group from the host community and supervised by faculty.
Review the 2021-2022 Capstone Application Contact Eric Schuchardt, PLA, ASLA directly at email.
So You’ve Been Elected...
The League’s new booklet for newly elected officials has been described as
“Pithy yet entertaining and very insightful.”

Two free copies have been mailed to each League member municipality.
The NEW Basic Financial Administration for Wisconsin Local Governments provides you with practical day-to-day instructions on managing local government finance. This new handbook was a joint effort by the League, the Wisconsin Towns Association, the Local Government Education Program of the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue. Order your copy.
Want to learn more about the ins and outs of the new "Basic Financial Administration for Wisconsin Local Governments" Handbook?

Join us at the League's 123rd Annual Conference for a "how to" session provided by the people that literally wrote the book on Financial Administration.

#LeagueWI2021 Details and Registration.
The Rural Workforce Innovation Network Monthly Virtual Series
Resources for Employers and Employees in theClean Energy Industry
TODAY Thursday, July 15, 2021 | Time: 2:00 p.m. CST
Join USDA Rural Development and members of the Rural Workforce Innovation Network (RWIN) to learn about resources to support rural employees and employers in the clean energy industry. Upon registering, you will receive a ticket with the link to join the event.

How to be a Tree City of the World?
Friday, July 16, 2021, 9:00—10:30 am Central
PRESENTERS: Arbor Day Foundation and Simone Borelli, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
The Tree Cities of the World program is an international effort to recognize cities and towns committed to ensuring that their urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and duly celebrated. The program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. Sheboygan is currently the only community in the Wisconsin that has received Tree Cities of the World recognition. More information on this program is here:

Illuminating Financial Trends: A Training for Mayors
Mayors Innovation Project
Wednesday, July 21
9am PST/10am MST/11am CST/12pm EST
This training is specifically framed and created for mayors, but we also welcome finance directors and mayors’ chiefs of staff.

Urban Tree Pest Update - Tree Diseases
July 21, 2021 1:00–2:00 pm Central
Presenter: Sandra Feather, Commercial Horticulture Extension Educator, Green Industry Team
Early detection of urban tree diseases is important, especially when damage can have serious effects on tree health and structural safety. Because timing is important both in limiting damage to infected trees and in treating the diseases, looking for or "scouting" for tree diseases is critical. Join Sandra Feather to learn which tree diseases are impacting our community trees and how best to manage those diseases.

Healthy Neighborhood Design Challenges
MSA and American Planning Association: Wisconsin Chapter
Tuesday, Jul 27, 2021 12:00 PM
Planning and designing healthy neighborhoods means being intentional about zoning and land use, with a keen eye toward creating balanced, diverse and equitable mixed-use spaces. In this webinar, MSA planning experts discuss the means and mechanisms to make healthful change, with ideas about how to amend future land use maps and zoning districts for greater success.

The League's next Member Roundtable via Zoom
August 10, 2021, 12:00-1:00
Zoom Information for all Roundtable calls.

The League's Chief Executives Workshops
August 19 & 20, 2021 (Early arrival reception 5:30pm Aug 18)
Hotel Retlaw, Fond du Lac
Please thank our sponsor! MPIC

2021 Municipal Attorneys Institute 
Monday -Wednesday!
August 30 – September 1, 2021
Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
Please thank our sponsors!

Local Government 101:
For New & Experienced Local Officials and Staff
Sept. 10 in Waupaca in person (capped at 65)
Please thank our sponsors!

2021 Plumbing Inspectors Institute
September 15-17, 2021 Eau Claire
Hotel Lismore
Wisconsin Public Utility Institute
Sept. 21-23, 28, 29 & Oct. 5-8 (One-Day Registration is available.)
Energy Utility Basics is an intensive course on the fundamental concepts critical to being conversant in today’s energy industry. Course content is updated yearly as technology, regulation and markets evolve. 
Municipal Assessors Institute 2021 
Sept 28-30, 2021 in Oshkosh
Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center

Building Inspectors Institute
October 6-8, 2021
Lismore Hotel, Eau Claire

The League's 123rd Annual Conference
Bonus Pre-conference Webinars October 12-14 Via Zoom
(These are included in the full conference registration, but if you can't attend in-person, you can also register for just the Bonus Virtual Workshops.)
Annual Conference October 20-22
The Conference Hotel Room Block is now open!
K-I Center, Green Bay

Police & Fire Commission Workshop
November 3, 2021 in Wisconsin Dells
Wilderness Resort, Glacier Canyon Conference Center
National Foundation for Women Legislators 2021 Annual Conference
November 8-10, 2021
Memphis, TN
Scholarships Available
Baker Tilly's CommuniTIES: Municipal bond market trends and opportunities – a discussion with Dave Erdman, State of Wisconsin Capital Finance Director.
Listen to it here.

$5.5 Billion in Loans Available for Water Infrastructure Projects
For Fiscal Year 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approximately $5.5 billion in WIFIA credit that could finance over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.
Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a letter of interest by July 23, 2021. Learn more WIFIA Notice of Funding Availability.

July 1 marks the opening of the DNR’s Urban Forestry 2022 Urban Forestry Grants application period.

American Transmission Company (ATC) announces the opening of applications for their Community Planting and Pollinator Habitat Grant Programs. Applications for these programs are accepted July 1 through September 30 each year, and recipients are selected by the end of the calendar year.


The WiPERC Onroad Vehicle Data Collection Incentive Program is available through Dec. 31 for U.S. EPA-certified on-road vehicles purchased or converted to propane. 

American Transmission Company (ATC) announces the opening of applications for their Community Planting and Pollinator Habitat Grant Programs. Applications for these programs are accepted July 1 through September 30 each year, and recipients are selected by the end of the calendar year. More information.

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities, Publications, Events and Learning is the latest USDA Rural Development Newsletter. This issue includes the new Rural Community Toolkit which is a Tool to Increase Vaccine Confidence in Rural Areas.
Subscribe to the USDA newsletter.

Thanks to the Green Tier Legacy Communities staff at the WDNR for putting these lists together. Learn more about how your municipality can benefit from the popular and growing Green Tier program for local governments founded by the League and others in 2010.

Year-Round Opportunities

Thanks to the Daniel Foth, Local Government Education Specialist at Local Government Education for this list.

•Federal Grants – Grants.Gov -
•State of Wisconsin Grants – DOA -
•The Foundation Center,
•Research Libraries - Funding Information Network locations,
•Madison Community Foundation,
•The Community Tool Box,
•The Wisconsin Philanthropy Network,
•Council on Foundations,
•Chronicle of Philanthropy,
•Inside Philanthropy,
•Local Government Center,