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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on June 22, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Michigan, we recommend that you visit the state’s COVID-19 Resources website or the Michigan Economic Development Corporation

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Description of Program and Relief

Match on Main Grant Program for Small Businesses – COVID-19 Response Program

The Match on Main – COVID-19 Response Program temporarily expands the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Match on Main Program and will provide up to $50,000 to local downtown management organizations to administer to eligible small businesses located in traditional commercial districts, including downtowns, neighborhood and commercial districts, or areas planned and zoned for concentrated commercial development. The local unit of government, Downtown Development Authority, Main Street organization, or other economic development organization that represents the downtown will serve as the grant applicant and may apply for up to $50,000 to administer to small businesses located within their traditional commercial district.

The minimum contribution to any one business must be at least $2,000, and the maximum contribution to any one business is capped at $10,000. Grants may be used by the business for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, COVID-19 relief or recovery expenses or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business. Additional needs identified by the business and supported by the local community will also be considered.

Government or Lead Agency

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Dates Available

The application window is May 13, 2020 through May 29, 2020

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

The MEDC will prioritize applicants that demonstrate a past history of supporting businesses within the districts for which they are applying. In addition, the applicant must be representing a district that is located within a community that is Certified or Engaged in the Redevelopment Ready Communities Program.

Applicants must certify that every business included in their application meets all of the below eligibility criteria. Preference will be given to applications that include businesses with owners who financially qualify as low-to-moderate income based on federally supplied data:

  • The business is located within the boundaries of the community the applicant serves.

  • The business is located within a traditional downtown, historic neighborhood commercial district, or area planned and zoned for concentrated commercial development.

  • The business sells products and/or services face to face and has a physical location within a traditional downtown, historic neighborhood commercial district, or area planned and zoned for concentrated commercial development.

  • The business is operating as a for-profit business.

  • The business has 2 employees or less.

  • The business is headquartered in Michigan.

  • The business demonstrates it has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Applications will be evaluated on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to: (i) fit within community vision/priority/strategy, (ii) applicant capacity and program management plan, (iii) partnership and resource leveraging, (iv) overall impact of Match on Main-COVID-19 funds within the “District/Downtown”, (v) transparent process for identifying selected businesses and (vi) clear identification of eligibility of selected businesses.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

May 29, 2020 at 5 p.m.

The MEDC is planning to notify applicants of grant award decisions on or about Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Applicants will be notified by email.

Contact for More Information

Phone Number: (888) 522-0103

List of Additional Information

For more information and access to the relevant application documents, please refer to this webpage.

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