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 

Hometown Grant Program 

T-Mobile is investing $25 million into communities across America. If you are a community leader in a community across the Middle Michigan service area, we'd love to assist you in applying and putting your project for your town forward. Application deadline December 31st, 2022. Learn more. 

Upskilling Grant 

The AARP is providing small businesses with reimbursable training dollars of up to $2000-$2500 per person ages 50+ and over who receive training that results in a wage increase of $2.50 per hour or more. Learn more about this program here.

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. Businesses must submit their business worksheets to MMDC by October 14, 2022 to be eligible for consideration. Learn more!

Missing Middle Housing Grants

Missing Middle Grants are designed to help fill construction costs by funding gaps in eligible projects and are calculated using a formula-driven approach based on the number of Missing Middle units in the project. A total of $15 million is available state-wide and developers are encouraged to apply by December 30th, 2022. Learn more.

Galaxy Grants 

Women and minority-owned businesses are eligible to apply for one of four $4,250 grants. Winners will be announced October 31st, 2022. Learn more.

Amazon Small Business Grants 

Businesses interested in selling on Amazon may be eligible for a $25,000 grant. Learn more

Farm Innovation Grants 

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) offers the Farm Innovation Program to in-state educational and research centers to develop and support innovative solutions to real, immediate and future farm problems facing Michigan's food and agricultural industry. Grant request for proposals due October 27, 2022. Learn more

Rural Development Fund Grants 

MDARD is providing another grant opportunity to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefit rural communities. Grant request for proposals will open October 3, 2022. Learn more

Union Township Grant Program for Local Businesses Located in East and West DDA

Owners of eligible local businesses can apply for grant funding to support the replacement of outdated freestanding signs with more effective monument-style signage, site beautification, and barrier-free pedestrian access improvements. Learn more about this program and how to apply

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.  

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

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.