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Planning and Economic Development

The Macomb County Small Business Sustainability program will make up to $20 million available to help local small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The funds will be distributed as $5,000 grants that businesses can use to offset losses created by the coronavirus pandemic.  

Applications closed on Wednesday, June 24 at 11:59 p.m. If you submitted an application before the deadline, additional communications will be sent on July 1.  Please do not contact us to check the status of the application.





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In late April, 2020, Macomb County received an allocation of $152.5 million through the federal CARES Act and the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Of that, $70 million will be spent assisting small businesses recover from the pandemic.

To date, these critical funds have helped to support the following:


Back-to-Business Kits

$5 million spent to purchase and distribute personal protection equipment (PPE) for businesses of all sizes and types. Kits contain reusable face coverings, a touchless thermometer, face shields, signs and more to protect employees and customers from COVID-19. Click here to request a kit. 


Macomb County Cares Small Business Sustainability Grant

Allocated $20 million to assist "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.

Macomb County also distributed an additional $930,000 to 148 businesses who applied but were not funded for the MEDC Small Business Relief Fund grants. Click here for more information.


Personal Protective Equipment Resilience Grants

In partnership with Automation Alley, Macomb County will assist small to mid-sized manufacturers. $1.7 million is available to small to mid-sized manufacturers to purchase and implement Industry 4.0 technology to enable manufacturers to quickly pivot to supply needed PPE in the future. The objective is to make the region as an agile, digital-ready essential source of PPE in times of national crisis. To apply, click here.


Economic Recovery Task Force

Assembled a group of community and business leaders to assist with recovery outreach and program management. The task force represents a multitude of industries including agriculture, health care, education, manufacturing, restaurants and food service, utilities, retail and non-profits. The group meets weekly to assess the greatest needs of the business community and develop a strategy to effectively and efficiently deploy the federal funds. The task force is currently working to develop a comprehensive plan.