The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is providing federal CARES Act funds to help qualifying small businesses expand their capacity by adding weatherized, temporary outdoor facilities. Three million dollars in grant funding is available (more information here).
Downloadable grant flyer
Who is eligible? Commercial firms and nonprofits with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees in these industries:
- Restaurants and/or bars
- Banquet centers
- Retail stores
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Local governments, including cities, townships, villages and counties that provide common space for businesses
- Commercial property owners who provide common space for tenants
Grants will be awarded to eligible businesses on a first-come, first-served basis with special consideration given to awarding at least 10 grants in each of Michigan’s prosperity regions.
Here are some projects that would qualify for this grant:
- Temporary structures, such as canopies, igloos and tents, 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 necessary to increase capacity for carryout and delivery service
- Delivery charges and labor for installation.
All funds must be used in support of weatherization of outdoor capacity expansions. Construction of permanent structures is not an allowable use.
Applications open on November 18.