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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 

Restaurant Revitalization Fund 

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. 

Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue losses include: 

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

Businesses interested in applying should review the Restaurant Revitalization Funding Program Guide and visit the SBA.gov website for additional information

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Grow Forward Grant

Grow Forward Grant Program provides up to $40,000 in grants to help offset the cost of programs and services for young, beginning and small farmers. Current customers are eligible for up to $1,000. Non-customers are eligible for up to $500. Qualifications for the program is as follows: 

  • 18-35 years of age, or
  • Farming for less than 10 years, or
  • Sustain annual gross sales from agricultural production of less than $250,000
  • Must be eligible to be a member of GreenStone; reside in Michigan or northeast Wisconsin

 Intended grant use must fall within one of the following categories:

  • Agricultural programs/events: educational course/program (on-site or online), conference fees, etc.
    • Program/event must support agricultural business 
    • Program/event not required to be in GreenStone's territory
  • GreenStone resources: accounting and tax services, technology support, etc.
    • Available for first time use of service only
  • Non-GreenStone services: business and farm consultants, etc.
    • Program/event not required to be in GreenStone's territory

Businesses interested in applying for this grant opportunity are encouraged to review additional information for the Grow Forward Grant Program. 

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Closed Opportunities

Match on Main Reimbursement Grant Program - Application Closed

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