Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance: Grants & Loans


Recruitment Fund Grant


The Downtown Oshkosh Business District flows with rich heritage and economic opportunities for entrepreneurs. The Business Improvement District invites you to explore financial assistance offered to qualifying business applicants. To further promote our diverse downtown environment we are excited to offer the Downtown Oshkosh Business Improvement District Recruitment Fund Grant (RFG).

These funds offer financial assistance to new business ventures or relocating establishments.  The downtown environment has grown over time, and we are happy to support our progress in any way possible. The Recruitment Fund Grant Program awards up to $5,000 to  individual businesses in order to assist with relocation to the BID, or fund an expansion project for a business currently located within the BID district. The guidelines below  are for the general structuring of economic development progress within our district. Objectives of the funds are to:

Over time, the downtown environment has grown and we are happy to support progress any way we can. The Recruitment Fund Grant Program awards up to $5,000 to individual businesses establishing themselves in or relocating to the BID, as well as businesses currently located there and seeking to expand. The guidelines and objectives below are meant to help structure economic development within our district.


1. Stimulate commercial growth and expansion.

2. Diversify the Business Improvement District’s economic base.

3. Attract financially and managerially responsible new business and capital.

4. Support start-ups and new venture businesses in order to enhance the entrepreneurial climate.

5. Assist in targeted recruitment efforts to prospective businesses.

6. Stimulate private sector investment in long-lived physical plant and  equipment to increase productivity, create new employment opportunities, and increase the tax base.

7. Assist in the overall goal of the Downtown revitalization process and enhance the architectural identity found within the district.


 Are you thinking about relocating to the Downtown area? Over the last several years we've invested in infrastructure, created a new unified brand identity as well as a community-centered series of events that regularly draw in the public. We are also continually updating and improving our unique downtown. Click here to view a map of the BID district to find out if your location qualifies for the Recruitment Fund Grant. Better yet we invite you to come to Downtown Oshkosh and explore all we have to offer. We think you will be pleasantly surprised!

Thinking about relocating to the Downtown area? Over the last several years, we’ve invested in infrastructure, created a new unified brand identity as well as a community-centered event series that regularly attracts the public. What’s more, we are dedicated to continual improvement of our unique downtown! Click here to view a map of the BID district to find out more and see if your location qualifies you for the Recruitment Fund Grant. Better yet, we invite you to come and explore all that Downtown Oshkosh has to offer. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Past Successes
Between 2003 and 2015, 50 businesses received financial assistance through the Recruitment Fund Grant Program. It has leveraged over $4.3 million dollars in private investment. We've distributed over $250,000 creating and retaining over 350 career and job opportunities in our downtown environment.


Think your business would make an excellent addition to our downtown environment?  We encourage you to view our RFG brochure, or to download our application today. Invest in Downtown Oshkosh, invest in your business!

For more information please contact us at (920) 303-2265 ext. 11 or


Retention Grant Program 


The Retention Grant Program has been established by the Downtown Oshkosh Business Improvement District and may be utilized alone, or in conjunction with the Oshkosh Area Economic Development Corporation, Revolving Loan Fund (if requirements are met) or with any other private financing. This Retention Grant cannot be used in conjunction with the Recruitment Fund Grant. If any business has been granted money from the Recruitment Fund Grant they must wait 2 years (the span of the grant) until they can apply for the Retention Grant.


  1. To improve the business climate in Downtown Oshkosh.

  2. To implement minimum standards to enhance the architectural identity found within this district.

  3. To improve the front and rear façades and building conditions of existing businesses within the Business Improvement District in Downtown Oshkosh.

  4. To enhance the quality of life in the Downtown Oshkosh area.

  5. To encourage the development and maintenance of the buildings within the Business Improvement District.

  6. Aid in improving the overall economic viability of the district.

Eligible Applicants

The Business Improvement Grant Program is available to any Downtown Oshkosh property owner lying within the Business Improvement District boundaries. The program is also available to tenants of such buildings given the property owner’s written consent. Eligible Applicants must be open for a minimum of 3 months and provide a signed lease of 2 years.

Eligible Activities

  • Exterior Façade renovations (Ex. Paint, windows, doors)

  • Signage

  • Awnings

  • Structural Exterior Repair (Ex. Brick work)

  • Exterior Lighting


Interested in applying? Please take a look at our brochure and download our application to apply. Grants are awarded to eligible applicants on a first come first serve basis while funds are still available. So don't delay, apply today!


****BID Map****

Please make sure that your business is located within the boundaries of the Business Improvement District in order to qualify for any of the above mentioned grants. These are indicated on the map by the green & black dotted line.


Revolving Loan Fund

Looking for another kind of assistance?  The Oshkosh Area Economic Development Corporation (OAEDC) offers the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) for those who are looking to locate their business within the Business Improvement District, but  who fall outside  this area.

The  RLF promotes local economic development in the Oshkosh area, with an emphasis on the Central Business District.  The fund is designed to promote and foster entrepreneurial expansion, as well as expansion and retention of the workforce and business opportunities in the Oshkosh area.

Through the RLF, the OAEDC provides loans of up to $25,000 on favorable terms tailored to meet the needs of qualified borrowers for eligible projects that are matched by a qualified lender loan.

For more information about the Oshkosh Area Economic Development Corporation’s Revolving Loan Fund please contact Rob Kleman at (920) 303-2265 ext. 14 or

Please click here to download the application directly.


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