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Match on Main – COVID-19 Response Program

Grants to Michigan Agencies and Organizations
to Support COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Efforts

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Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

Deadline Date:

05/29/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Michigan government agencies, organizations, and community development corporations to support Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief and recovery efforts. Grant recipients will disburse funds to strengthen and support local small businesses in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Match on Main – COVID-19 Response Program temporarily expands the MEDC’s Match on Main Program and will provide funds to local downtown management organizations to administer to eligible small businesses located in traditional commercial districts, including downtowns, neighborhood and commercial districts, or areas planned and zoned for concentrated commercial development.

This program serves as a tool for local units of government, Downtown Development Authorities, or other downtown management organizations that desire to support place-based businesses located in their traditional commercial districts by providing grant funding to eligible businesses in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The local unit of government, Downtown Development Authority, Main Street organization, or other economic development organization that represents the downtown will serve as the grant applicant and may apply for funds to administer to small businesses located within their traditional commercial district. The applicant will determine which businesses are selected for inclusion in the application for support and at what desired grant amounts. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189821

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The grant applicant may apply for up to $50,000 to administer to small businesses located within their traditional commercial district. The maximum contribution to any one business is capped at $10,000. The minimum contribution to any one business must be at least $2,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local units of government, downtown development authorities, Main Street organizations, Community Development Corporations, or other economic development organizations that represent a downtown, traditional commercial district, a neighborhood commercial corridor, or an area planned and zoned for concentrated commercial development may serve as the grant applicant for Match on Main – COVID-19 Response Program. The MEDC will be looking to prioritize applicants that demonstrate a past history of supporting businesses within the district for which they are applying.

Ineligible businesses: non-profits, franchises, businesses located in strip malls, “big box” retailers, marijuana related businesses and/or any other business deemed ineligible by the MEDC.

In addition, the businesses included in the application must not have received or been approved to receive support from the Michigan Strategic Fund’s Small Business Relief Program (Grant or Loan) as administered in conjunction with regional economic development organizations or an MEDC Match on Main Grant within the last 24 months.

Pre-Application Information:

The application window is May 13, 2020 through May 29, 2020. All applications will be due by 5pm on Friday, May 29, 2020.

The MEDC is planning to notify applicants of grant award decisions on or about Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Applicants will be notified by email.

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If a community has multiple organizations that could be considered qualified applicants, the organizations should communicate with one another to avoid competing application submissions. Please note that the MEDC will only award grant funds to one qualified applicant under each grant agreement. If multiple applications for the same community are submitted, they must represent different traditional commercial districts within the community. If multiple applications are submitted on behalf of the same district, both applications will be denied.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


If you have additional questions regarding the Match on Main – COVID-19 Response Program, please reach out to your Community Assistance Specialist. For contact information, see the Community Assistance Team map in Supporting Documents below.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Sq., Lansing, MI 48913

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