Let’s agree – the time is now to build more inclusive and equitable neighborhoods.

New investment is needed to expand economic opportunity, and ensure that Milwaukee neighborhoods are vibrant and responsive to resident needs. That’s why LISC Milwaukee and our partners are leading the way through the implementation of Brew City Match, a collaborative model that connects business owners and commercial property owners with grants and financing to open new businesses in neighborhoods surrounding downtown.

The program was seeded by a commitment of $3.5 million from JPMorgan Chase, and is leveraging public and private capital to make over $6 million of investment across four neighborhoods over three years.

Brew City Match is currently seeking to invest in a third cohort of new business and commercial property owners. Applications for this third cohort are now being taken through August 10th at www.brewcitymatch.com.

In our first two cohorts, Brew City Match identified 80 business owners and 17 commercial properties to invest in through technical assistance, grants, and loans.

We are supporting the development of businesses like Niche Book Bar, which will be Milwaukee’s only black-owned bookstore, and have invested in the development of over 70,000 square feet of commercial real estate. Read the full story here.