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Small Business: COVID-19 Grants: Applications Open

Subject: COVID-19 Grants: Applications Open

Good Morning,

Stemming from the Governor’s stimulus plan, three grant programs were announced last week to help offset some of the personal and professional financial losses that Michiganders may have incurred due to the coronavirus pandemic – the Employee Assistance Grants, the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program (may be used toward utility payments), and the Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program (may be used for utility payments). Please feel free to share this far and wide within your communities.



  • What: The State of Michigan has allocated $45 million to provide support to employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Grant Amount: Eligible recipients meeting all criteria and providing a complete and accurate application will be awarded assistance up to $1,650. The award is taxable, but it will NOT count against your unemployment as income.
  • Eligible Industries (employees working in the following industries qualify): Restaurants, hotels, motels, bed & breakfast, resorts, bars, food trucks, bowling alleys, theaters, nightclubs, golf courses, banquet halls, caterers, casinos, cafeterias, and other impacted industries.
  • Applications: Applications opened on January 15, 2021 at 9:00 am and will be available until January 25, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Click here to learn more and apply.  


  • What: $55 million in survival grants for Michigan small businesses disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. 
  • 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 eligible businesses that have 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.
  • Application: Opens Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:00 am EST and will close on Friday, January 22 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST. Click here to learn more and apply.


  • What: The State of Michigan has allocated $3.5 million to create the Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program to provide grants to entertainment venues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Grant Amount: The maximum grant request is $40,000. There is no match requirement. The Michigan Independent Venue and promoter Association (MIVPA) will have the discretion to recommend final grant award for applications.
  • Eligible Expenses: Awarded grant funds are to be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or costs related to reopening a business.
  • Applications: Grant applications will open on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:00 am EST and close on Thursday, January 28 at 12:00 pm (noon). Click here to learn more and apply.

MEDC - Grant Funding for Businesses

Lenawee Now


From Lenawee Now to business owners:


As some of you may have heard by now, the MEDC has released another round of grant funding for up to $15,000 per business.  This will be a first come first serve grant with submissions being accepted beginning December 15th at 9:00am.  Please be aware, there is only $900,000 for our region – which includes 6 counties – so this will be competitive. 


Also, the eligible businesses are limited on this grant so take a look at the bullet points below.

Please feel free to pass this on to others that may benefit from it.


Businesses that are eligible to apply include:

  • Restaurants, bars and other food and beverage service providers
  • Travel and tourism destinations including lodging providers and hospitality businesses
  • Live event venues and movie theaters
  • Conference and meeting facilities
  • Ice skating rinks, indoor water parks and bowling centers
  • Gyms, fitness centers and indoor recreation facilities

Eligibility Criteria Include:

  • Being a business in one of the targeted industries listed above
  • Must be in compliance with all State and local orders related to COVID-19, including, but not limited, to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Be a for-profit entity (i.e., a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or LLC)
  • Have a physical establishment in the Michigan County of Application and is NOT a home-based business
  • Provide goods or services to multiple clients or customers
  • Be current, or in a payment plan, on all local, state, and federal taxes due through 1/1/2020
  • Have an active and valid state license(s)/registration(s), if applicable
  • Is not an adverse party to litigation involving the State or municipality
  • Business or Business owner has not filed for bankruptcy in the last 10 years
  • Can identify a need for payroll, rent or mortgage payments, and/or utility expenses necessary to continue/restart business operations relative to the total grant amount
  • Had annual gross revenues in 2019 greater than $25,000
  • Has at least two employees, including the owner(s)
  • Has fewer than 50 employees (including full-time, part-time, and owner(s) on a world-wide basis)


More information can be found at: https://www.michiganbusiness.org/about-medc/covid19/relief/


Unfortunately, the application itself has not been released yet so we don't know the questions you will have to answer, but if something is released prior to the application window opening we will send it on.


Timothy S. Robinson, CEcD, EDFP

Director of Operations

Office: 517-265-5141

Cell: 734-476-3389