Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program

This application is now closed.

UPDATE (1/22/2021): No new users will be able to enter the system after 12:00 noon EST today. Applicants that are already in the platform working on their application can continue to complete and submit their application by 5:00 p.m. EST, Sunday, January 24th. Applicants in the queue waiting to enter the application may remain in the queue for the opportunity to access the application portal and complete the application.

The application portal will remain open until 5:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 25th to allow businesses in the queue to funnel into the platform and to complete and submit their applications.

UPDATE (1/21/2021): The application period will close tomorrow, Friday, January 22nd, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET to new individuals entering the system; however, it WILL allow time for as many people as possible already in the system and queue to complete their applications.

More specific information will be added to advise individuals as to how long they have to complete their applications before the systems and queue are closed.

We strongly encourage you to enter the system now and not wait until tomorrow.

UPDATE (1/20/2021) We understand that the traffic to the portal to apply for the Survival Grant has been overwhelming. Consequently, we urge patience and persistence. Because of the volume and interest, we would suggest that, if you are able, you consider trying to submit your application during off-peak times (like evenings or early mornings) before applications close at noon on Friday. Thank you for your interest, your grace and your resolve.

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Human Services on December 7, 2020 through December 20, 2020 and the order taking effect on November 18, 2020 that is rescinded and replaced. 

The application for businesses to apply will open at 9:00 am ET on Tuesday, January 19 and close at 12:00 pm (noon) ET on Friday, January 22.

Learn more and apply here.

Eligibility Requirements

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. Furthermore, each local EDO may have additional eligibility criteria. Please use the table below to find your local EDO and review any additional eligibility criteria prior to applying.

  • 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 Public Act 257 of 2020: Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program.

Industries affected by the order

Eligible businesses disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the Gatherings and Mask Order will largely fall into one of the categories below. However, businesses in other industries may be considered if they can demonstrate they meet the eligibility, at the discretion of the EDO, particularly if they were impacted by the Gatherings and Mask Order. 

  • 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)
  • Retail (such as boutiques, bookstores, hardware, anything being sold that is not food)
  • 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 under Section 401 of Public Act 257 of 2020
  • Recreational Facilities and places of public amusement (such as bowling alleys, arcades, bingo halls)
  • Nonprofits (such as library, museum, churches, religious centers, advocacy organizations)
  • Personal care services (such as hair, nail, tanning, massage, spa)
  • Schools
  • Childcare and camps
  • Transportation (such as limo services)
  • Other (applicant must specify in the application)


  • January 19, 2021: Application window opens at 9:00 a.m. EST
  • January 22, 2021: Application window closes at 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Week of January 25, 2021: EDOs carry out grant selection process
  • January 29 – February 28, 2021: Funds disbursed
  • If any funds are not disbursed by the EDOs by February 28, 2021, funds will be returned to the MSF for reallocation to one or more EDOs for disbursement to eligible businesses by April 30, 2021