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MEDC Small Business Survival Grant Program

(JANUARY 25, 2021): The State of Michigan has allocated $55 million to implement the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to support the needs of eligible Michigan businesses that have experienced a significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 emergency “gatherings and face mask orders” issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The statewide application portal is now CLOSED as of noon on Friday, January 22, 2021.

The Right Place and its regional partners will be responsible for distributing $5,250,000 of these funds to West Michigan businesses in Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties*.

All applicants within these counties will be informed of whether or not they are receiving grant funding once the review committees have completed the process. This page will continue to be updated as the timeline progresses.

*Allegan and Ottawa County grant funds amounting to $1.925M will be administered by Lakeshore Advantage.

Grant Information

In an effort to continue to support small businesses, the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program will provide funding to local economic development organizations (EDOs) who will provide grants to eligible small businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and need working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses.

Grant Eligibility

Businesses and nonprofits must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for Survival Grant funding:

  • 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 Senate Bill No. 748.

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.

Application Process

Applications for the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) opened Tuesday, January 19 2021 and closed Friday, January 22, 2021 at noon. Applicants were able to apply for up to $20,000 in grant funds if their business has been closed, or up to $15,000 if their business has been partially closed, or otherwise open. Every applicant was required to apply through the statewide portal on the MEDC site, regardless of prior grant applications submitted.

Contacts by County

Kent County Scoring Advisory Committee:

  • Raul Alvarez, Well Design
  • Richard App, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. (DGRi)
  • Deb Bates, Grand Rapids Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Brent Case, The Right Place, Inc.
  • Guillermo Cisneros, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Jenny James, Kent County
  • Tim Mroz, The Right Place, Inc.
  • Hanna Schulze, Local First
  • Bo Torres, LatinX Community Advocate

Please continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information. Updates will also be posted across all social media channels.

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