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Application for the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to open Jan.19

January 18, 2021
<p>A sign showing that businesses are open despite recent COVID-19 outbreaks in downtown East Lansing is pictured Jun. 30, 2020.</p>

A sign showing that businesses are open despite recent COVID-19 outbreaks in downtown East Lansing is pictured Jun. 30, 2020.

Photo by Matt Schmucker | The State News

Over $55 million will be given to small businesses through the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program. Small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for the grant from 9 a.m. on Jan. 19 through noon on Jan. 22. 

This is one of 23 COVID-19 relief programs that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has initiated.

“This program provides a significant opportunity to address the immediate needs of these businesses, and I strongly encourage all eligible businesses to apply for assistance,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a press release Monday morning. 

Businesses that were completely closed during the pandemic are eligible for up to $20,000 in grants. Businesses that were partially closed are eligible for up to $15,000. 

15 nonprofit economic development organizations (EDO) across Michigan will administer the grants to small businesses that meet the following criteria: 

  • Had 1 to 100 employees (including full-time, part-time employees and owners) on a world-wide basis on Nov. 17, 2020. 

  • Is in an industry that demonstrates it is affected by the “gatherings and face mask orders.”  

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

  • Can demonstrate an income loss as a result of the orders as determined by the EDO in which an eligible business is located. 

  • Is not a live music and entertainment venue that is eligible for the Michigan Stage Survival grant program. 

Each EDO may also have additional criteria. Unlike past COVID-19 relief grants, rewards will not be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible businesses can apply for the grant at www.michiganbusiness.org/survival. Instructions, tutorials, and other resources can also be found here.

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