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Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program

The Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program will provide $2.5 million in grants to meet the urgent need of Northwest Michigan small businesses that have experienced a significant financial hardship due to the recent COVID-19 emergency “gatherings and face mask orders.” Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to businesses that are fully closed, with grants of up to $15,000 awarded to businesses that have been partially closed, or otherwise are open and can demonstrate an impact.

A single, statewide application for the program will be live at on 9:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, January 19 through 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST on Friday, January 22. Grants will be reviewed and competitively awarded based on objective criteria set forth locally and by the state, not on a first-come, first-served basis.

Businesses must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Had 1 to 100 employees (including full-time, part-time, and owner/employees) on a worldwide basis on November 17, 2020.
  • Is in an industry that demonstrates it is affected by the DHHS epidemic orders.
  • Needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses.
  • Can demonstrate an income loss as a result of the DHHS Order
  • Is not a live music and entertainment venue that is eligible for the Michigan Stage Survival grant program.
The Northwest Small Business Survival Grant Collaborative consisting of Networks Northwest, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, Northwest Michigan Works!, Northwest Small Business Development Center, Traverse Connect, Alliance for Economic Success, and Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the scoring of applications for Northwest Michigan. An objective review of all applications will include criteria set forth by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as well as locally defined emphasis on:

Is this grant necessary to continue or reopen business operations?

How many employees will be retained or rehired as a result of funding from this grant?

What is the average hourly pay of employees that will be retained or rehired as a result of funding from this grant?

If business, do they sell products and/or services physically, in-person (such as retail, restaurant, personal service, etc.)? 

If a non-profit, do they provide a service that directly impacts the social or economic health of the community?

Has the business/non-profit made attempts to introduce new products and/or services or adapt existing products and/or service offerings in order to maintain revenue during COVID-19?

How many years has the business/non-profit been in operation? 

What is the business'/non-profit's percentage of revenue lost in 2020 as compared to 2019?

At what capacity is your business/non-profit currently operating?

Is the business/non-profit have historical and/or cultural significance to the community?


For questions regarding the program and application please call: 888.522.0103

For all other questions, please contact



Requests For Proposals



County Economic Development Task Force Formation, Oversight and Information Dissemination

Issue Date: December 29, 2020

Due Date: January 22, 2021

Networks Northwest issues this RFP through the Community Development Department for assistance with development and oversight of Economic Development Task Force Groups within each of our ten counties. These groups will assist with obtaining information from within their communities, sharing data and information with neighboring counties, EDO’s, and Networks Northwest. Ultimately assisting with the dissemination of information for the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This RFP is targeted to Economic Development Organizations or other like agencies which assist County's with Economic Development in our region.

For a full copy of the RFP click on the link below.

County Economic Development Task Force

Proposals are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 22, 2021 via email to





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Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner