$1 Million Grant Assistance Available for Rural Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 & for Rural Residents in Need of Mortgage/Rental Assistance

Written by Vicki Tylka

Marathon County has been awarded a $1 million Community Development Block Grant in partnership with North Central Community Action Program (NCCAP) and MCDEVCO (Marathon County Development Corporation).

The purposes of the grant are to provide relief due to hardships from the pandemic to support:

  • Low- to moderate-income individuals with mortgage and rental assistance
  • Small businesses

This grant is available specifically to rural areas; therefore, the grant excludes the City of Wausau in eligibility.


Mortgage and rental assistance relief is available through NCCAP and will be provided to households who have a loss of income due to the effects of COVID-19, contracting COVID-19, quarantining due to exposure to COVID-19, or other related issues. Mortgage and rental assistance is available to residents in all municipalities in Marathon County outside of Wausau’s city limits.

For mortgage and rental assistance, persons interested may call North Central Community Action Program at 715-842-0681 or email outreach@nccapinc.com to request an application.


The grant also provides direct financial assistance to small businesses (no more than 5 employees) in Marathon County, outside of the City of Wausau. Relief is available through MCDEVCO to qualifying small businesses who have had a significant economic loss due to factors relating to COVID.

For small business grant assistance, interested business owners may apply through MCDEVCO, Inc., by visiting their webpage: www.mcdevco.org/covid-19-resources/ or by calling 715-298-0084 to request a paper application be mailed. Individuals may also stop by the MCDEVCO office at 100 N. 72nd Ave., Wausau, to pick up application materials.

Vicki_TylkaVicki Tylka
Director  |  Marathon County Social Services

Vicki Tylka has been the Director of Social Services for Marathon County since 2005. She started her social work career in the child welfare field and has extensive experience in facilitation and organizational effectiveness. Always a staunch advocate for children, Vicki is a member of the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board and is an active leader in human services associations and programs statewide. Everyone who knows her hears about her daughter graduating from law school and her 2 adopted black-and-white cats who keep her life interesting.  Email Vicki Tylka.

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