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New Grants for Organizations to Expand Capacity this Winter

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The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) will offer roughly $3,000,000 in grants for qualifying organizations to expand their capacity by adding weatherized, temporary outdoor facilities.

Grants will be awarded to Michigan-based businesses, organizations and nonprofits with 50 or fewer full-time employees. Eligible organizations are limited to the following:

  • Restaurants and/or bars
  • Banquet centers
  • Retail stores
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Local governments that provide common space for businesses
  • Commercial property owners who provide common space for tenants

The grant application opens on Wednesday, November 18, at noon. Funds will be awarded based on a first-come, first-served basis. At least ten grants will be given to each of Michigan’s prosperity regions.

Projects that would qualify for the grant include:

  • Temporary structures to cover outdoor seating
  • Portable heaters
  • Outdoor furniture and tableware
  • Outdoor cooking equipment
  • Fencing; dividers such as planters, hangings, or Plexiglas panels
  • Sanitizing supplies and equipment
  • Security devices
  • Electronic menu access
  • Upgrades to increase capacity for carryout and delivery service

Visit the SBA website to learn more about the application process, review requirements and submit an application.

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