Applications Open for Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program

Applications Open for Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program

The State of Michigan has allocated $55 million to implement the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to support the needs of Michigan businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus and the Gatherings and Mask Order. The application to apply is now open and will close at 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 22, 2021.

In an effort to continue to support small businesses, the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program will provide funding to eligible small businesses disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the Gatherings and Mask Order  issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service on December 7, 2020 through December 20, 2020 and the order taking effect on November 18, 2020 that it rescinded and replaced.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for funding under the Program, small businesses must be a for-profit or non-profit company and meet all criteria below. Furthermore, each local EDO may have additional eligibility criteria. Please use the table below to find your local EDO and review any additional eligibility criteria prior to applying.

Had 1 to 100 employees (including full-time, part-time and owner/employees) on a world-wide basis on November 17, 2020.

Is in an industry that demonstrates it is affected by the Order.

Needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses.

Demonstrates an income loss as a result of the Order as determined by the EDO in which an eligible business is located.

Is not a live music and entertainment venue that is eligible for funds under Section 401 of Public Act 257 of 2020: Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program.

 

Industries Affected by the Order

Eligible businesses disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the Gatherings and Mask Order will largely fall into one of the categories below. However, businesses in other industries may be considered if they can demonstrate they meet the eligibility, at the discretion of the EDO, particularly if they were impacted by the Gatherings and Mask Order.

Food service establishments (such as restaurants and bars, coffee, bakeries, catering, breweries, distilleries, wineries, tea shops, banquet facilities and other food and beverage service providers)

Retail (such as boutiques, bookstores, hardware, anything being sold that is not food)

Exercise facilities (such as gyms, studios, pool facilities, ice skating rinks, organized sports)

Entertainment venues or live event venues that are not eligible for the Michigan Stages Survival Grant as defined under Section 401 of Public Act 257 of 2020

Recreational Facilities and places of public amusement (such as bowling alleys, arcades, bingo halls)

Nonprofits (such as library, museum, churches, religious centers, advocacy organizations)

Personal care services (such as hair, nail, tanning, massage, spa)

Schools

Childcare and camps

Transportation (such as limo services)

Other (applicant must specify in the application)

Grant Amount

Awarded grant amounts will be at the discretion of each EDO administering the grants. Grants may be awarded up to $20,000 for an eligible business that has been temporarily closed and up to $15,000 for an eligible business that has been partially closed, or otherwise is open.

Eligible Expenses

Grant funds may be used by the business for eligible expenses including working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, and other expenses related to reopening a business incurred between November 18, 2020 and April 30, 2021.

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