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Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST, March 31, 2022.

The Growing MI Business grant program is a program by the State of Michigan to distribute up to $409 Million of its American Rescue Plan Act funds to be awarded through grants to provide resources to businesses that meet certain criteria. The program will support businesses as defined by Public Act 132 of 2021.

Eligibility

Base Qualifications for the Growing MI Business Grant Program

  • Michigan businesses that were in operation on October 1, 2019, are eligible to apply for a Growing MI Business grant if:
    • Your business satisfies all of the following:
      • Has a physical presence and conducts business operations in Michigan,
      • Falls within one of the nine eligible business categories,
      • Is not tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 USC 1 to 9834,
      • Is not a government entity, and
      • Is currently open for business.
  • Your business has a decline in total Michigan sales between calendar year 2019 and 2020 equal to or greater than 5 percent. If not, you are ineligible at this time. Businesses that were in operation on October 1, 2019, must certify that they have sustained a loss of at least 5% in total sales between calendar year 2019 and calendar year 2020.
  • You are able to provide information and associated documentation on “Financial Hardship.” Businesses must be able to demonstrate “financial hardship” by providing information on the following fixed costs:
    • Total non-residential property tax paid for CY 2020 (if applicable)
    • Total lease costs paid for CY 2020 (if applicable) MI unemployment insurance taxes paid for CY 2020 (if applicable)
    • The amount of on-premises retail liquor license fees (if applicable)
    • The amount of license required inspection fees paid under the Michigan Food Inspection law (if applicable)
    • The amount of all other business license or inspection fees (if applicable)
  • You must submit a complete application. A business will have qualified for a grant if, and only if, the business has submitted a completed grant application, has provided supporting financial documentation, has demonstrated that it experienced a decline in total Michigan sales of at least 5%, has certified and attested, under penalty of perjury, to the completeness and accuracy of all information and documents provided in the application, and has agreed to a Beneficiary Agreement that contains the terms and condition for use of the Growing MI Business grant award.
  • Michigan businesses that started operations after October 1, 2019, but no later than May 31, 2020, are eligible to apply for a Growing MI Business grant if:
    • Your business satisfies all of the following:
      • Has a physical presence and conducts business operations in Michigan,
      • Falls within one of the nine eligible business categories,
      • Is not tax exempt under the internal revenue code of 1986, 26 USC 1 to 9834,
      • Is not a government entity, and
      • Is currently open for business.
      • You must certify that your business was either fully or partial closed due to COVID-19
      • Public Health Emergency. Businesses that began operation after October 1, 2019, but before June 1, 2020, must certify that it was closed or partially closed due to an
      • Executive Order or epidemic order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
      • You are able to provide information and associated documentation on “Financial Hardship.” Businesses must be able to demonstrate “financial hardship” by providing information on the following fixed costs:
      • Total non-residential property tax paid for CY 2020 (if applicable)
      • Total lease costs paid for CY 2020 (if applicable)
      • MI unemployment insurance taxes paid for CY 2020 (if applicable)
      • The amount of on-premises retail liquor license fees (if applicable)
      • The amount of license required inspection fees paid under the Michigan Food Inspection law (if applicable)
      • The amount of all other business license or inspection fees (if applicable)
  • You must submit a complete application. A business will have qualified for a grant if, and only if, the business has submitted a completed grant application, has provided supporting financial documentation, has demonstrated that it has met certain criteria as defined by Public Act 132 of 2021, has certified and attested, under penalty of perjury, to the completeness and accuracy of all information and documents provided in the application, and has agreed to a Beneficiary Agreement that contains the terms and condition for use of the Growing MI Business grant award.

Application Procedure

  • Entertainment Venues
  • Recreational Facilities and Public Places of Amusement
  • Barbers and Cosmetologist
  • Food Establishments
  • Nursery Dealers and Growers
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Body Art Facilities
  • Hotels and Bed & Breakfast Establishments

Official Website: Apply for Business Resources (ABR) through the Growing MI Business Grant Program

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