Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Grant
Thank you for joining the Grant Readiness Webinar on Friday, December 11 hosted by the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) and the Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ), along with our partners at the City of Detroit, The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), Detroit Means Business, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
We hope you walked away with a better understanding of the application process for the Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative.
Applications open on Tuesday, December 15 at 9:00 am for grant awards up to $15,000, which will be distributed on a first-in basis.
If you were not able to join this webinar, a video of the Zoom recording below.
- Restaurants, bars and other food and beverage service providers
- Travel and tourism destinations including lodging providers and hospitality businesses
- Live event venues and movie theaters
- Conference and meeting facilities
- Ice skating rinks, indoor water parks and bowling centers
- Gyms, fitness centers and indoor recreation facilities
- Connect Space
- If you've applied for a grant through MEDC in the past, you have an account.
- Do you need help recovering your username and/or password?
Contact Connect Space at firstname.lastname@example.org
We understand that you may have follow-up questions regarding the application. The MEDC and Detroit Means Business are available to assist you.
- MEDC Call Center - 1.888.522.0103 or email@example.com
- Detroit Means Business - 1.844.333.8249 or detroitmeansbusiness.org
- Find your representative in your region to connect with using the Community Assistance Team Map.
FAQs from Friday's Grant Readiness Webinar
I’m a childcare provider/Salon owner/car detailing company/Barber shop/tax preparation company can I apply for this grant
Childcare providers and salons are not eligible businesses under the PMSBRI. For a full list of eligible business types, check out www.michiganbusiness.org/relief
Are nonprofits eligible for this grant?
Nonprofits are not eligible for PMSBRI funding.
What is the website to find the grant information?
The PMSBRI website is www.michiganbusiness.org/relief
Who can I contact if I have questions?
You can contact the Michigan Economic Development Corporation at 1.888.522.0103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I contact DEGC for help?
What is the definition of lodging facilities and meeting facilities?
There is not a narrow definition for this and is intentionally broad. Again, the business will self certify that they fall into this category. If they can make the case they fall into lodging and meeting facilities, great - check the box.
I own a transportation company. We provide tours of the city, family and class reunions, my casino, and shopping excursions. I have a home office, no one comes to the office. My vehicles are stored at a storage facility. Are we eligible for the grant?
No, a physical location needs to be a place where customers can come too.
Do businesses located within a co-working space qualify?
Yes, I think that technically a customer could come to a co-working space and so it would be a physical location.
What if you are a new business that opened in 2020?
Businesses need to have at least $25,000 in gross revenue in 2019. Businesses that have opened in 2020 would not qualify.
Bankruptcy is for the business but not personal and before the business started. Does that disqualify me?
Eligibility requirements include that the business or business owner have not filed for bankruptcy in the last 10 years.
Is the number of employees a current count or pre-covid employee count?
The business must currently have a minimum of two employees, including the owner and less than 50 employees at the time they are making the application. These include full time, part time, and owners on a world-wide basis.
What are other resources that may be available for a nonprofit Dance Academy - Detroit Windsor Dance Academy?
Businesses should check out www.detroitmeansbusiness.org. Arts related nonprofits should check out the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for available resources.
Will the system crash due to high volume?
MEDC is using a queuing system that will limit the number of people allowed in the application at a time.
Does that gross income include grants issued during the pandemic?
In order to be eligible business must have had an annual gross revenue in 2019 greater than $25,0000.
Do meat markets and grocery stores qualify?
Yes, markets and grocery stores could potentially be considered a “food and beverage service provider” if they serve ready to eat food and beverage to customers.
What is the definition of outdoor venue?
There is no specific outdoor venue. Do you mean live event venues? If the live event venue is outdoors and can certify it meets the eligibility criteria it could apply.
Can they be new employees? How long do they need to have worked for you?
The business must meet the eligibility requirements for the number of employees at the time they are submitting the application. There is no requirement on how long the individual will need to have worked for the company.
If the owner is not on payroll, do they fill out scenario 2?
Yes, because scenario one is all about qualifying the owner so if they’re not on the payroll, they can’t go through with that scenario.
If the business is in the city of Detroit but the owner lives outside of the county which county should I reference for LMI limits?
The business must meet the LMI requirements for the county in which the business resides.
Is an art gallery considered a venue to be eligible?
The business may feel that they qualify as a “travel and tourism destination” and if they do they can self certify and check the box.
I have been asked to pay $10 to register for a Small Business Organization. What is that?
The PMSBRI will not request payment to be eligible for the fund, to apply for the fund, or to receive technical assistance related to the application.
Why are home based businesses left out?
We recognized the demand far outweighs the funding available through this initiative, and therefore prioritized eligibility criteria that would best support small business in industries that were disproportionately impacted by both COVID-19 and specifically the MDHHS epidemic order extended through December 20, 2020. In addition, we took into account guidance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to best qualify businesses meeting the job retention criteria required to award this federal funding. We understand there are many small businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the economic uncertainty it has created. We are continuing to do all we can at MEDC to provide support and relief to small businesses like yours during this time and have shared your feedback with our program administrators for awareness.
Is the income requirements specific to this business or over all income?
A business needs to have $25,000 in revenue in 2019, and a business is qualifying based on the job retention requirements outlined in the HUD National Objective for Job Retention and LMI Income Limit by County forms in the Additional Resources section on the website.