When the State of Emergency was declared on March 10, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) moved swiftly to provide vital economic support to businesses, entrepreneurs, workers and communities throughout all 83 counties of the state, while enabling Michigan’s Arsenal of Innovation to support the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19.
More than 2,700 businesses awarded a total of $10 million in Michigan Small Business Relief Program grants
Grants delivered economic assistance to Michigan’s small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 and were administered by 15 local economic development organizations around the state. The program spurred an additional $3.185 million in matching dollars through local partners.Learn More
“The Michigan Small Business Relief Program grant means so much to our small, longtime family-owned business. With these funds, we will be able to afford our inventory and keep our employees paid. I am so grateful to the Lake Superior Community Partnership and the MEDC for making this possible during such a challenging time. This is a real difference maker for us.”
- Bruno Gervasi, owner of Ralph’s Italian Deli in Ishpeming.
PMBC Grants Support Retooling Efforts of Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Response to COVID-19
A total of $1 million in grants have been awarded through the PMBC COVID-19 Emergency Access and Retooling Grants program. These grants provide immediate funding of up to $150,000 to qualified manufacturers producing supplies needed in response to COVID-19.Read More
"TentCraft, before this crisis, had never manufactured products for the healthcare or medical industry. This MEDC PMBC COVID-19 Emergency Access and Retooling Grant is a crucial piece of our pivot toward these new products. This grant allows us to keep our people employed AND helps us to produce products that are sorely needed by the frontline healthcare workers. We are proud of the orders that we have produced in Michigan and welcome the opportunity to support in any way we can in the fight against COVID-19.”
- Matt Bulloch, TentCraft President
PlanetM awards more than $280,000 to companies addressing challenges presented by Coronavirus
GHSP, Gatik, Penske Vehicle Services, RCO Engineering and Pratt Miller were selected to receive grant funding to aid in the development and deployment of solutions aimed at providing mobility-related COVID-19 relief in Michigan.Learn More
“RCO is honored to receive this grant opportunity and use our ingenuity to partner with MEDC, PlanetM, the city of Detroit, and to help flatten the curve and manage the spread of COVID-19.”
- Jeff Simek, general manager at RCO Engineering
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Emergency Relief Fund grants support 176 arts and cultural organizations throughout Michigan
To provide relief from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, MEDC and MCACA has awarded a total of $502,400 in Emergency Relief Fund grants to 176 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations around Michigan. MCACA also leveraged $83,834 in funds from Arts Midwest to award grants to an additional 28 Michigan organizations.Read More
“All operational support is vital now, so the ERF grant has a tremendous impact for us. Thanks go to MCACA and MEDC for this assistance. With these funds, we will be able to keep the contractual personnel who we rely on to help develop and book a variety of outreach and performance opportunities that we present for our community.”
- Cindy McSurely, Blissfest Music Organization Executive Director
Arsenal of Innovation: Michigan Businesses Answer the Call
When the people on the front lines fighting COVID-19 need critical supplies, Michigan businesses answer the call.
MEDC COVID-19 Response Resources
MI State Trade Expansion Program (MI-STEP)
In response to COVID-19, the MI-STEP program has increased the cap amount for certain activities to help support companies going global with their business, making it more favorable to participate in export activities.
PMBC COVID-19 Procurement Platform
Support neighbors in need while helping generate new business within Michigan. This program can help source PPE materials for businesses re-opening following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience Fund
MEDC partnered with Michigan Women Forward to create this $1.5 million fund to help entrepreneurs and small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 recover from the outbreak, as well as assist them in meeting increased demands in support of COVID-19 response efforts.
MSF Awardee Relief Initiative
The MSF Awardee Relief Initiative provides temporary emergency relief to businesses and projects that received economic assistance from the Michigan Strategic Fund.