Grant Opportunities

In 2020, Middle Michigan Development Corporation facilitated four grant programs designed to support small businesses located in Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella and Midland counties. These programs included the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, Match on Main COVID-19 Relief Program and the Michigan Small Business Restart Program along with the distribution of some private funds. Through these programs, we were able to provide $3,618,000 in grant funding to businesses located in our service area and its surrounding counties. In January 2021, we distributed another $1,840,000 in grant funds through the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant program. 

Current Opportunities 

Industry 4.0 Technology Implementation Grants 

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is providing a matching grant to small business manufacturers of up to $25,000 for qualifying Industry 4.0 technology related costs. To learn more and apply for this grant, please visit the MEDC's website. Please note: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, so businesses interested in applying should do so as soon as they are able. 

Small Business Growth Fund 

Hello Alice is offering small business owners the opportunity to apply for and receive $5,000 grants. Learn more and apply by May 20th, 2022

2022 Dream Big Awards 

The US Chamber of Commerce honors the achievements of small businesses and highlights their contributions to economic growth through the Dream Big Awards. Eligible businesses can win up to $25,000. Deadline for submission is July 8th, 2022. Learn more and apply here

Jobber Grants for Home-Service Businesses

Home-service providers may be eligible for up to $15,000 in grant money through the Jobber 'Rewarding Great Work in Home Service' Grant Program. Round one applications are due by May 26th, 2022. Learn more and apply

eBay Up and Running Grants 

Businesses with an eBay business seller account may be eligible for up to $10,000 in grant funding. Fifty businesses to be selected. Deadline for submissions is June 10th, 2022. Learn more and apply

iFundWomen Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 Award

Woman-owned businesses are eligible to apply for up to $100,000 in equity from IFundWomen. Six additional $5000 grants will also be awarded. Learn more about this funding opportunity here. Applications will be accepted March 8th - June 8th, 2022. Learn more and apply here

Community Revitalization and Placemaking (RAP) Program

The Revitalization and Placemaking (RAP) Program is an incentive program that will deploy $100 million in American Rescue Plan funding to address the COVID-19 impacts in Michigan communities.  This program will provide access to real estate and place-based infrastructure development gap financing through grants of up to $5 million per project for real estate rehabilitation and development, grants of up to $1 million per project for public space improvements and grants of up to $20 million to local or regional partners who develop a coordinated subgrant program.  Eligible applicants are individuals or entities working to rehabilitate vacant, underutilized, blighted and historic structures and the development of permanent place-based infrastructure associated with traditional downtowns, social-zones, outdoor dining and placed-based public spaces. The RAP program will award funding to eligible applicants based on one or more competitive application rounds. The application window is in now open and closes June 3, 2022.  Visit MEDC's webpage for full details.

Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot 

Michigan Energy Services is offering matching grants to small manufacturers to implement energy efficiency activities at their Michigan manufacturing facilities.  The maximum award is $25,000 per company, with a minimum 100% match requirement.  Projects must be completed by August 31, 2022. More information can be found on Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) website.

Public Spaces Community Places

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity where local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. More information at patronicity.com/puremichigan

Match on Main Grant 

The MEDC announced that another round of funding has been made available to businesses located in downtowns or high-impact corridors within Redevelopment Ready Communities or Main Street Communities. If you are a business located in downtown Mt. Pleasant or downtown Harrison, an opportunity to apply for up to $25,000 to support expansion of your business is once again available. (Application window currently closed)

Value Added & Regional Food Systems Grant 

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) will be accepting proposals that are intended to establish, retain, expand, attract and/or develop value-added agricultural processing in Michigan; expand or develop regional food systems; or expand access to healthy food, including farm markets, urban agriculture and hoop houses. Maximum grant amount is $100,000 with a required 30% minimum match. To apply and learn more, visit MDARD's website. (Application window currently closed)

Upcoming Opportunities

Child Care Stabilization Grant

For licensed child care providers in Michigan, this grant intends to provide financial support for continued safe operations. Spring applications are now open and will be available until May 26, 2022. More information and application guide available here.

This grant program awards qualifying employers a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $5,000, to purchase safety and health-related equipment and equipment related to training. Qualifying companies must have fewer than 250 employees and come under the jurisdiction of MIOSHA. Grant application window for 2023 will open October 1, 2022. More information and application materials can be found online.

Questions can be directed to the MMDC team at (989)772-2858.