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Michigan Restart program provides grants for small business to recover from COVID economy

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Posted at 9:43 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 09:43:08-04

LANSING, Mich. — About $100 million in assistance for the state’s small businesses and non-profits will be distributed in grants of up to $20,000.

The Michigan Small Business Restart Program is intended to help in recovery from the economic impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, says the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in a release.

“Families across the state depend on small businesses for their livelihood, and this program will build on additional COVID-19 business relief efforts offered by the MEDC to create a strong foundation for Michigan’s long-term economic recovery,” said Gov. Whitmer in the release.

The money is allocated to the state by the federal CARES Act.

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Here is how the grants will be distributed in West Michigan counties and through which entities:

  • Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola: The Right Place, $9,545,455.
  • Allegan, Ottawa, Lakeshore Advantage, $3,500,000.
  • Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Berrien, Calhoun, Van Buren, Cass, Branch, Southwest Michigan First, $7,545,455.

The application period ends August 5, 2020.

To qualify, a business must employ 50 or fewer people and be able to demonstrate that it has suffered a loss of income due to the coronavirus emergency and needs working capital. Thirty percent of grants awarded are required to go to entities owned by minorities, women, or veterans.