The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently announced that businesses located in Michigan Main Street districts or certified Redevelopment Ready Communities® across the state can receive up to $25,000 in reimbursable grant dollars through another round of the Match on Main program. In Middle Michigan, both Harrison and Mt. Pleasant are Redevelopment Ready Communities.
If you are a business located in either downtown Harrison or in Mt. Pleasant's Central Business District, we encourage you to apply for the Match on Main program. Businesses only need to contribute a 10% fund match for the grant dollars they receive.
Interested Businesses Must Submit Their Business Worksheet to Middle Michigan Development Corporation by February 16th, 2022.
• Those that sell products and/or services face to face AND have a physical location in downtown Harrison or in Mt. Pleasant's Central Business District.
• Those that have, or intend to have, control over the site for which they are applying prior to Match on Main application. Please note: changes in the proposed business location after grant selection may result in grant being forfeited.
• Those operating as a for profit or non-profit.
• Those headquartered in Michigan.
• Those that have not received or been approved for an MEDC Match on Main grant within the last 24 months.
Businesses that are considered franchises (including independent contractor agreements), businesses located in strip malls (unless located in an area zoned and approved for future concentrated mixed-use development), "big box" retailers, businesses whose primary sales come from marijuana, CBD, or tobacco, and/or any other business deemed ineligible by the MEDC.
Eligible Fund Uses:
Funds may be used for the following purposes:
- Expenses for technical assistance items for design and layout of interior or exterior space, such as conceptual renderings of the interior or exterior floor plan, merchandise layout, other interior or exterior design concepts, and construction drawings, plans or specifications for interior or
exterior space activation.
- Expenses for interior building renovation items, including rehabilitation of floors, walls, ceiling, rooms, electrical improvements, lighting and lighting fixtures, furniture and display renovations, installation of permanent kitchen or other equipment, and/or fire suppression or other code compliance items.
- Expenses for permanent or semi-permanent activation of an outdoor space, including a dining area, beer garden, or other place-based outdoor activation deemed acceptable by the MEDC. Exterior signage, doors and windows may be permitted as an eligible expense if part of a larger
outdoor space activation project.
- Expenses for permanent or semi-permanent business infrastructure related to COVID-19 recovery efforts such as items that promote the health and safety of employees and customers (examples include plexiglass barriers, curbside service windows, etc.).
- Expenses for general marketing, technology to assist in connecting with customers (example: website upgrades or e-Commerce integration), operational changes (example: shifting from dine in to carry out), the purchase of a point-of-sale system, or inventory expenses for retail goods.
Ineligible Fund Uses:
Expenses that are not eligible include: exterior improvements that could be considered as general maintenance, repairs, landscaping, or other non-place-based outdoor activation, employee wages, salaries or benefits, rent, mortgage, land contract or building lease payments, utilities, leases for equipment, vehicle leases, vehicle payments, taxes, interest or insurance, professional fees, federal, state, or local application, licensing, permit or similar fees, bank or other lender financing, interest, inspection fees or costs, credit card processing fees; non-infrastructure COVID-19 expenses, such as disposable PPE, including masks or other face coverings, gloves, or hand sanitizer, property acquisition, projects on residential property, or any other capital expenditure (including soft costs) deemed ineligible at sole discretion of the MEDC.
Only eligible expenses incurred after the date the application opens may be considered for reimbursement under the Match on Main program. Any incurred expense prior to executed grant agreement is entirely at the sole risk of the Business.
Applications will be scored based on a variety of criteria including:
Clarity and completeness of application, expected level of private investment made by the business, additional resources leveraged to support the project, overall impact of funding on the business, number of jobs created or retained as a result of the project and overall impact on community.
Proposed Timeline of Approval Process:
January 28th - February 16th – market the opportunity to eligible businesses (businesses located in Harrison or Mt. Pleasant downtown districts)
February 16th – BUSINESS DEADLINE for Business Worksheet Submission to MMDC
February 17th - February 25th – Committee’s score and review applications; top scoring businesses are selected
February 28th - March 7th – Finalize applications to the MEDC
March 8th – Final review of applications
March 9th – Deadline to submit applications and business selections to the MEDC
Week of April 11th - MEDC announces awardees
April 2022 - June 2022 - Background check forms processed
Grant agreements executed by July 2022
For full details on the MEDC Match on Main program, please visit the MEDC website.