COVID 19 (Coronavirus)

Michigan Business Restart Grant Program

The Michigan Small Business Restart Program is a new grant program that will support small businesses and nonprofits that are reopening and have experienced a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Our 7-county region has been approved for over $7.5 million of grant funding through this new program. See below for qualifications and application details.


To qualify, a business/organization must meet the following criteria:

  • Has 50 employees or less
  • Is a business or nonprofit that can demonstrate it is affected by the COVID-19 emergency
  • Needs working capital to support eligible expenses
  • Demonstrates an income loss as result of the COVID-19 emergency
  • Has not received a grant through the Michigan Strategic Fund’s Michigan Small Business Relief Grant Program. Businesses who have received support through other COVID-19 relief programs, including the Michigan Small Business Relief Program loans, are eligible to apply for Restart grants.

Maximum grant amount: $20,0000

Eligible uses of funds: working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses.

At least 30% of the funds awarded under the program must be provided to women-owned, minority-owned, or veteran-owned eligible businesses. 

Application window: July 15 – August 5


For full program information, or to access the application, visit the program web page (linked here).

Parks Playground Equipment & Pavilions Closed:

Due to recent clarification on the Governor's 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' order, we have closed the playground equipment at all of our public parks. Please do not use the equipment. It is not sanitized. The parks and green spaces remain open for public use. Maintain social distancing and do not congregate in groups over 10. Thank you for your understanding!

Stay Home. Stay Safe. Save Lives Order:
Governor Whitmer has issued Executive Order 2020-77 Stay-Home, Stay-Safe. The order is in effect until May 28th unless extended: 

Workforce and Business Resources: 

The Branch County Economic Growth Alliance has a great page for local workforce and business resources during this very difficult time for small businesses. The link includes information about the CARES Act, Small Business Loans & Grants, and many other valuable resources:

FAQ's for Businesses & Communities (MEDC)
Including Resources to Support Local Businesses

Other Resources


Center For Disease Control and Prevention
For updates on the national state of COVID-19, as well as disease prevention tips, from a trusted government source, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 information page.     


World Health Organization

For updates on the international state of COVID-19, visit WHO’s COVID-19 information page.

Michigan State Government Information

For updates on Michigan State’s measures to stop COVID-19,  visit Michigan State’s COVID-19 information page. You will also gain access to the Michigan State Alert System, which can sign you up for text and email alerts from the state government regarding the virus.