Small Business Survival Grants

Michigan Small Business Survival Grant

194 small businesses and nonprofits from across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties received $15,000 survival grants to alleviate impacts from the state Health Department December 2020 Gatherings and Mask Order. From the 1,045 eligible applications in the Lansing region, our region received only enough funding to support approximately 18% of the applicants. Collectively, the businesses awarded grants retained 2,242 jobs.

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Human Service on December 7, 2020 through December 20, 2020 and the order taking effect on November 18, 2020 that it rescinded and replaced.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 Criteria and Review

Application Closed

Application timeline: Tuesday, January 19 at 9 a.m. to Friday, January 22 at 12 p.m. on the MEDC website.

Grant News

  • Press Release: $3 Million in State Small Business Relief Grants from LEAP Help Clinton, Eaton and Ingham County Small Businesses Survive
  • Press Release: Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to provide $55 million in grants for COVID-19 relief efforts
  • Press Release: More State Funded Small Business Survival Grants on the Way, $3 Million Available from LEAP for the Lansing Region
  • Press Release: Governor Whitmer Signs $106 Million Bipartisan Relief Bill, Bills Extending Unemployment Benefits to 26 Weeks