Macomb County Awards Small Business Sustainability Grants
Grants for small businesses throughout Macomb County that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first recipients of the Macomb County Small Business Sustainability Grants were announced on July 1. The funds, which were part of what Macomb County received as an allocation of $152.5 million through the federal CARES Act and the Coronavirus Relief Fund, were issued as $5,000 grants for small business that applied. Of the $152.5 million, $20 million was allocated specifically for the grant program.
Eligibility was for "brick and mortar" businesses with less than 50 employees with $5,000 grants to aid in replacing lost revenue/reimburse for expense incurred due to the pandemic. Applications for this program closed on June 24, 2020.
FAMS T-Shirts & Designs, LLC of Romeo, MI was one of the recipients of the first round of announcements as an awardee of the $5,000 grant. The small t-shirt printer located in the Northern Macomb Village saw a dramatic drop in revenue early during the Government mandated shutdowns. Owner/Operator Zachary Hayes was very happy with the way Macomb County has handled the roll-out of information and opportunities thus far.
“Grant programs like this are life savers for small businesses like FAMS. We've been in business for 15 years and have never experienced anything like this. Any opportunity to apply for a grant was something we were seeking out. This was the first and only grant we've been awarded as a result of the shutdown. Hats off to Mark Hackel and his team at the County. There's been nothing but a flood of information for business owners as to how they can access funding, safety kits, and more.”
The applications for the program were reviewed by a third party to confirm eligibility and validation of information. At the time of this publication, it wasn't disclosed how many businesses applied, only that Macomb County experienced an overwhelming response in applicants.
If the math checks out, then about 4,000 local small businesses should be receiving the $5,000 in grant funding for the program. Whether or not this will be enough though for small businesses is yet to be determined as spikes in COVID-19 numbers continue to be seen throughout the state of Michigan.