UPDATE – Due to tremendous response, the grant application site closed to new applicants at 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 18th.
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is providing federal CARES Act funds to help qualifying small businesses expand their capacity by adding weatherized, temporary outdoor facilities. Grants will be awarded to eligible businesses and municipalities on a first-come, first-served basis with special consideration given to awarding at least 10 grants in each of Michigan’s prosperity regions.
Eligibility for the funding includes a local governmental unit, private business, or non-profit entity, a downtown development tax increment finance authority directly incurring costs by creating temporary spaces or amenities for cold weather outdoor operations of multiple local businesses or for public use (such as new picnic tables, or a commons area within a designated social district as permitted by 124 PA 2020);
If your municipality isn’t eligible, you may have eligible businesses to share this information with. Eligible applicants can begin applying TODAY, November 18 at noon EST. The application can accessed here (starting at noon).
For complete grant information visit https://www.sbam.org/weatherization-grants/
Jennifer Rigterink is a legislative associate for the League handling economic development, land use and municipal services issues. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-908-0305.