Pure Michigan Business Connect offering $1M in ‘retooling’ grants

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A program of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is offering grants to small manufacturers looking to retool and produce critical health and human service supplies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Pure Michigan Business Connect COVID-19 Emergency Access and Retooling Grants program will provide a total of $1 million in grants to Michigan small businesses and nonprofits.

Immediate funding of up to $150,000 will be awarded to qualified manufacturers looking to produce supplies needed in response to COVID-19.

“Michigan has the manufacturing strength, innovation and determination to lead the charge in establishing an arsenal of health to address the shortage of critical supplies we are facing as a result of the COVID-19 virus,” said Mark Burton, CEO of the MEDC. “The PMBC COVID-19 Emergency Access and Retooling Grants program will provide immediate assistance to small businesses around the state who are ready to step up and use their manufacturing know-how and retool to support recovery efforts in this time of need.”

The PMBC COVID-19 Emergency Access and Retooling Grants program will award grants of $10,000 to $150,000 to companies that can quickly and effectively manufacture critical health and human service supplies.

Michigan small businesses (per SBA size standards) and established nonprofits are eligible to apply.

Businesses can use the funds to support the purchase of equipment necessary to manufacture critical supplies, logistics and shipping costs of procuring necessary equipment, technology upgrades and other costs related to operationalizing new product lines.

To qualify, companies must submit an application. Eligible applications will be reviewed based on ability to execute the project, need for financial assistance, timeliness, product need in market and economic impact.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the total $1 million in grant funds are expended.

More information about the program is available here.

While the program does not guarantee sales channels, the PMBC team will assist grantees by connecting them with demand identified through the COVID-19 Virtual Procurement and Donation Assistance portal.

The portal, an effort of PMBC in collaboration with the State Emergency Operation Center, is a free, virtual procurement and donation platform that provides health and human service providers direct access to businesses within the state providing and donating supplies including personal protection equipment, food, medical devices, paper products, cleaning equipment and more.

The platform also is offering a place for companies with manufacturing capabilities for personal protection equipment to indicate which items (i.e. masks, gowns, ventilators) they are able to produce, along with quantity and timing detail.

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