Grants

SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

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Restaurant Revitalization Fund

This program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

Application portal is currently closed to new applications.

More Information at SBA.gov FAQ


Michigan Small Business Survival Program

The application process is now closed.

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The Michigan Small Business Survival Program will provide funding to local economic development organizations (EDOs) who will provide grants to eligible small businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and need working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses. $55 million in funds are available statewide with $1.2 million allocated for Genesee County. Applicants may apply for up to $15,000 in grant funds, with priority given to food service and certain in-person recreation businesses.

Eligible uses: working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, and costs related to reopening a business incurred between November 18, 2020 and April 30, 2021.

Grant Qualification for-profit or non-profit company:

  • Had 1 to 100 employees (including full-time, part-time and owner/employees) on a world-wide basis on November 17, 2020.
  • Is in an industry that demonstrates it is affected by the Order on “gatherings and face masks.”
  • Needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses.
  • Demonstrates an income loss as a result of the Order as determined by the EDO in which an eligible business is located.
  • Is not a live music and entertainment venue that is eligible for funds under section 401 of Senate Bill No. 748.

The local review committee will be scoring on additional factors that will impact the grant selection process, and include:

  • Is your business a Priority Industry? (Priority Industries include: Restaurants, bars and other food and beverage service providers; ice skating rinks; indoor water parks; bowling centers; gyms and fitness centers)
  • Demonstrated revenue loss.
  • Years of operation.
  • Total number of employees on November 17, 2020 (the day before the orders went into effect).

For questions, please contact Tracy Joseph, Business Financing Manager, at .

Michigan Economic Development Corporation Timeline

  • January 19, 2021: application window opens at 9:00 a.m. EST
  • January 22, 2021: application window closes at 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Week of January 25, 2021: EDOs carry out grant selection process
  • January 29 – February 28, 2021: Funds disbursed
  • If any funds are not disbursed by the EDOs by February 28, 2021, funds will be returned to the MSF for reallocation to one or more EDOs for disbursement to eligible businesses by April 30, 2021

Michigan Small Business Survival Program – Genesee County Review Committee

  • Dr. Bill Kane
  • Craig Coney
  • Steve Wolbert
  • Shanise Ollie
  • Phillip Thompson
  • Judge Mike Thelie
  • Cathy Gentry
  • Jennifer Bozman

Michigan Small Business Restart Program

More than 200 Genesee County businesses awarded grants from the Michigan Small Business Restart Program

Application process is currently closed. For questions, please contact Tracy Joseph, Business Financing Manager, at .

In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, the State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to support the needs of Michigan Businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation allocated about $8 million to support eligible businesses in Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, Huron and Tuscola counties. The selection process will be managed locally by a review committee comprised of business and community leaders. Applicants could apply for up to $20,000 in grant funds.

Funds can be used as working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses.

To qualify for grant support, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Businesses must have 50 or fewer total employees
  • Is a business or nonprofit that can demonstrate it is affected by the COVID-19 emergency
  • Needs working capital to support eligible expenses
  • Demonstrates an income loss as result of the COVID-19 emergency

The local review committee will be scoring on additional factors that will impact the grant selection process, and include:

  • Is your business a focus Industry (manufacturing, Ag, Tech, Engineering/Design, Med Device, logistics) or is your business located in a downtown or commercial corridor?
  • Has your business made attempts to adapt/innovate/pivot to maintain revenue during pandemic?
  • How important is your business to the community? Does your business help define the place/community in which it is located?

Michigan Small Business Restart Program – Genesee County Review Committee

  • Ashley Everhart
  • Brenda Goyette
  • Dale Weighill
  • Herbert Miller
  • Jim Bleicher
  • Khalfani Stephens
  • Lorrie Sage
  • Lynn Williams
  • Paula Nas
  • Yvonne Lewis

FAQs


Restart Flint & Genesee Grant Program

Restart Flint & Genesee is a special recovery program established to assist small businesses in Genesee County that have suffered economic distress because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application process is currently closed.