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Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative

Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will offer $10 million in grants for Michigan small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 to meet urgent capital needs such as rent and utilities.

Eligible businesses are limited to the following:

• Restaurants, bars, and other food and beverage service providers

• Travel and tourism destinations including lodging providers

• Live event venues and movie theaters

• Conference and meeting facilities

• Ice skating rinks, indoor water parks, and bowling centers

• Gyms and fitness centers


Each business can qualify for up to $15,000 in funding if they meet the eligibility criteria, which includes but is not limited to:

• Having fewer than 50 employees

• Complying with all State and local COVID-19 orders

• Identifying a need for payroll, rent or mortgage payments and/or utility expenses


The grant application opens on Tuesday, December 15, at 9 am. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and funding will be shared among each of Michigan’s ten prosperity regions.  Washtenaw County is in Region 9 with Livingston, Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee & Monroe counties.  Region 9 is eligible for $900,000 in grant monies.  By early January 2021, the grantees will be notified of awards with funds being disbursed by the Michigan Municipal League by the end of January 2021.

To learn more about the application process, review complete eligibility requirements, and submit an application please visit the MEDC’s website.

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