Afflicted Business Relief Grants Available

   The State of Michigan is launching a grant program to distribute up to $409 Million of its American Rescue Plan Act funds. The Afflicted Business Relief (ABR) grant program is for those businesses who have suffered financial hardship from Covid-19. The program will support “Afflicted Businesses” – as defined by Public Act 132 of 2021 – that have experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
    The application process for these grant funds will open on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. An application must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on March 31, 2022. Paper applications will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted online only.
    Under the Afflicted Business Relief grant program, eligible businesses in operation before October 1, 2019, may receive a percentage of their loss in total state sales through a grant, up to $5 million. Eligible businesses that began operating between October 1, 2019, and June 1, 2020, may receive a grant equal to 25% of certain specified costs. The grants may be prorated depending upon the number of businesses that apply to ensure that all eligible businesses can receive funding.
    The nine eligible business categories are listed below. (Note: Each of these categories has subcategories you can find submitted online only.

  • 1. Entertainment Venues
  • 2. Recreational Facilities and Public Places of Amusement
  • 3. Barbers and Cosmetologists
  • 4. Exercise Facilities
  • 5. Food Establishments
  • 6. Nursery Dealers and Growers
  • 7. Athletic Trainers
  • 8. Body Art Facilities
  • 9. Hotels and Bed & Breakfast Establishments


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