Two new grant programs focuses on businesses impacted by COVID-19

Businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees, worldwide, located in Michigan who have not received a grant under the Michigan Small Business Relief Program (MSBRP) are encouraged to apply to two new grant programs.

Businesses must also demonstrate the following:

• Part of an industry or nonprofit that can demonstrate it has been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.
• Needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses.
• Demonstrates an income loss as result of the COVID-19 emergency as determined by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF).
• Additionally, at least 30 percent of the funds awarded under this program will be provided to women-owned, minority-owned or veteran-owned eligible businesses.

The Michigan Strategic Fund also approved the $15 million Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program to support the needs of Michigan’s agricultural processors and farms.

The program supports the implementation of COVID-19 monitoring and mitigation strategies to protect agricultural employees and the state’s overall food production industry.

Applications for this grant will open on July 15.

Applications for a $10,000 grant under the Macomb County Sustainability Grant program are being accepted until the close of business Wednesday, July 22.

Meanwhile, the Small Business Sustainability Program is offering $10,000 grants for companies with 50+ employees that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The deadline for those applications is July 22 at 5 p.m.

Back-to-Business Kits are also available for local businesses.

The kits include a variety of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as well as other helpful items to enhance and maintain safety standards for employees and customers alike.

For more details on the grant program and PPE resources, visit www.macombbusiness.org.

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