Small Business Survival Grants

Michigan Small Business Survival Grant

$15,000 grants funded by the state of Michigan are available for eligible small businesses in the Lansing region. This website contains information and resources to help small businesses in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties determine eligibility and apply.

About These Grants

In an effort to continue to support small businesses, the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program will provide funding to eligible small businesses disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the Gatherings and Mask Order  issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service on December 7, 2020 through December 20, 2020 and the order taking effect on November 18, 2020 that it rescinded and replaced.

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) will receive $3 million to provide 194 $15,000 working capital grants to eligible small businesses and nonprofits across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties.


In order to be eligible for funding under the Program, small businesses must be a for-profit or non-profit company and meet all criteria below:

  • Had 1 to 100 employees (including full-time, part-time and owner/employees) on a world-wide basis on November 17, 2020.
  • Is in an industry that demonstrates it is affected by the Order.
  • Needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses.
  • Demonstrates an income loss as a result of the Order as determined by the EDO in which an eligible business is located.
  • Is not a live music and entertainment venue that is eligible for funds under section 401 of Senate Bill No. 748: Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program.

The Lansing region will prioritize establishments in the following industries:

  • Food service establishments (such as restaurants and bars, coffee, bakeries, catering, breweries, distilleries, wineries, tea shops, banquet facilities and other food and beverage service providers)
  • Exercise facilities (such as gyms, studios, pool facilities, ice skating rinks, organized sports)
  • Entertainment venues or live event venues that are not eligible for the Michigan Stages Survival Grant as defined in PA 257 of 2020 Section 401.
  • Recreational Facilities and places of public amusement (such as bowling alleys, arcades, bingo halls)

Application Review Process and Criteria (Lansing Region)