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Building upon the success of the PlanetM Mobility Grants, the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) are launching the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform to provide grants to mobility and electrification companies looking to deploy their technology solutions in the state of Michigan. Over time, the platform will evolve to enable Michigan-based organizations (public and private) to launch their own mobility and electrification funding initiatives.
On September 15, 2021, the first round of grants through the Michigan Mobility Platform were announced.
Note: If you are applying to deploy at a test site, we encourage you to work with a test site to design your testing scope prior to applying. See below for the list of test sites.
Applications will be reviewed every three months according to the schedule below.
Note: The timeline will continue past the January – March 2022 application window and will be updated throughout the year. See the FAQ section for more details on the review process.
Michigan-Based Test Sites
1. Who has received grants in the past?
In September 2021, five mobility companies - MUVE, Airspace Link, KUHMUTE, GreenRoute and Michigan Flyer - received more than $444,000 in funding to deploy mobility pilots in Michigan.
Between 2018 – 2020, $2.4 million went toward 26 real world deployment grants and 27 testing site deployment grants.
Real World Deployment Grants:
Testing Site Deployment Grants:
2. What expenses will the grant cover?
The grant will cover project related expenses. Those expenses need to be provided in your application, including project cost, grant amount requested, and matching funds (financial or in-kind). The state of Michigan expects all travel expenses to be reasonable and to follow the State Travel Reimbursement Rates. For both real world deployment and testing site deployment grants, your company will need to secure matching funds, either financial or in-kind. See “How do the matching funds work?” question for more information.
3. What does the application include?
The application will include questions around general company information, product/service, impact/funding, and partners. You are encouraged to attach letters of support/commitment from project partners.
Note: All information submitted, including without limitation, information submitted in connection with or included in any Michigan Mobility Funding Platform grant application, is subject to disclosure under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.
4. How are you reviewing and selecting applicants?
It is a rolling application, so applications will be reviewed every three months. See schedule provided above in the “Rolling Application” section. OFME will initially scan the applications and remove those that do not fit the eligibility criteria. A review committee, made up of public and private Michigan-based organizations, will review and score each application. OFME will then schedule calls with applicants who received a high review score, before selecting and notifying the final grant recipients. Evaluation criteria includes, but is not limited to, partners, location, budget, timeline, and metrics.
5. What is the typical size of an individual grant?
Grants vary in size and we have no strict minimum or maximum amount. In the past, testing site deployments have ranged from $10K – $100K and real world deployments have ranged from $40K – $125K.
6. How do the matching funds work?
In order to apply for a grant, applicants need to have matching funds available (financial or in-kind). In the past, the PlanetM Mobility Grant program required a 25% match from the company or one of their project partners. Going forward, the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform grants will cover whatever portion is needed. For example, if you need gap funding and the partners involved can cover a large portion of the cost, consider just applying for 10-20% funding from the state. Or if the partners involved can cover a small portion of the cost, consider applying for 60-70% funding from the state. Applications with high matching funds will be looked at favorably.