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.  

Caress Dreams Fund 

Sixty (60) women of color will be selected to receive a $5000 grant and access to valuable resources that will set them up for success and reach their funding goals through crowdfunding campaigns. Learn more and apply here

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

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

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.