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Michigan Small Business Survival Grant

The Michigan Small Business Survival Grant application process will begin on Tuesday, January 19 at 9:00 am and will close on Friday, January 22 at 12:00 pm. This will be a competitive grant and businesses chosen for awards will be notified via email no later than Friday, February 26, 2021.

For more information for small businesses to apply (starting on January 19, 2021) visit: michiganbusiness.org/about-medc/covid19/survival/

For more information for live music and entertainment venues to apply (starting January 19, 2021) visitmichiganbusiness.org/stages/


Grant Criteria for small businesses

In order to be eligible Survival Grant funding, a small business must meet the following criteria:

  • For-profit or non-profit company
  • Had 1-100 employees (including full-time, part-time and owner/employees) on a worldwide basis on November 17, 2020.
  • Is in an industry that demonstrates it is affected by the Order including restaurants, bars and other food and beverage service providers, movie theatres, ice skating rinks, indoor water parks, bowling centers, gyms and fitness centers.
  • Needs working capital to support payroll expense, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses.
  • Demonstrates an income loss as a result of the Order as determined by Oakland County Economic Development in which an eligible business is located.
  • Is not a live music and entertainment venue that is eligible for funds under section 401 of Senate Bill no. 748. A separate grant application for live music and entertainment venues can be found at michiganbusiness.org/stages

Grants must be used for expenditures incurred by the eligible business and meet the following criteria:

  • Must be used only for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses and costs related to reopening a business.
  • Grant funds may be used by the business for expenses expended between November 18, 2020 and April 30, 2021.

Oakland County will evaluate applicants based on the following
additional criteria:

  • Preference will be given to applicants who have NOT received funding from Oakland County during the COVID-19 pandemic response.
  • Priority will be given to dine-in food service establishments, bars, retailers, and personal service-related businesses including fitness centers, indoor sports facilities, spas, etc. with a brick and mortar presence.

For questions about the application please reach out to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation – (888) 522-0103. For all other questions about this grant, please reach out to Oakland County Economic Development via email SurvivalGrant@OakGov.com or leave a message at (248) 858-0721 and a staff member will return your call.