Moving Flint Forward FAQs

Have a question about the Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program? Review the list of frequently asked questions below.

Who can apply?

  • Anyone who owns and operates a business within the city of Flint. Small businesses for this program will be defined as 25 or fewer employees. Applicants must have an existing business plan. (Technical assistance is available for those who need it.) The business may not be a franchise. It also must be in good standing and not in bankruptcy, as of the date of submission. The owner(s) must not be listed on the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry. Nonprofits are not eligible to receive funds.
  • Online businesses may apply, too.
  • Complete the online qualification questionnaire. Application process is now closed.

How can funds from the MFF Small Business Grant be used?

  • Grantees will be awarded up to $10,000 to expand their businesses; make repairs and leasehold improvements; and/or purchase inventory and equipment. (Debt service on any federal, state or local taxes owed are not eligible expenses for program consideration.)

What do I need to get started?

  • Complete the online questionnaire to see if you qualify. Application process is now closed.
  • If you meet the criteria, you will receive immediately an online application for the program. You will also be able to download and print the application.
  • Attending or viewing informational webinar is not required, but is recommended. (Watch Webinar – recorded December 8, 2020)

What materials do I need before starting my application?

  • Your business story: why you started it.
  • Statement of need or challenge to be addressed by the proposed use of funds.
  • A business plan that projects 3-5 years and outlines the route a company will take to grow revenues. It should also include an executive summary, company description, market analysis and organizational chart.
    CLICK HERE for additional information and tips on writing a business plan from the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Business/trade references (3)

How do I submit my application?

What is the application deadline?

  • Completed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.
  • Mailed or hand-delivered applications must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 to:
    • Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce
      519 S. Saginaw St., Suite 200
      Flint, MI 48502
      ATTN: Tracy Joseph

How will my application be evaluated?

  • A Grant Review Committee comprised of representatives from the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, General Motors, the City of Flint, local grant-making organizations, and community members will review all applications and come to a decision. Evaluations will be based on the following criteria:
    • Business History – Quality of business history, evidence of longevity
    • Business Plan/Future Potential – Quality of business plan, future sustainability
    • Economic Hardship – Statement of need, why are funds requested
    • Use of Funds – Alignment between expressed scope of work, need, and proposed fund usage
  • Selected grantees will be provided a grant agreement, outlining all deliverable requirements, reporting deadlines, payment schedule, etc.

How will the funds be paid to grantees?

  • Funding will be dispersed in three payments:  40 percent; 30 percent; 30 percent.

What is the grant timeline and reporting process?

  • The grant period for Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant program will be February 1, 2021 through August 15, 2021.
  • Grantees will be required to submit an interim and final report that details progress towards business improvements and impact made to the business through the grant and technical assistance. The interim report will be due by April 16, 2021 and the final report will be due by August 15, 2021.
  • Submission of these reports and satisfactory approval from the Program Administrator will release the second and final grant distributions.