Applications Open for Grants Supporting Small Business, Agricultural Food Processors

Michigan Small Business Restart Program Applications are Live  

Applications are now being accepted for the Michigan Small Business Restart Program. Michigan’s small businesses can apply for up to $20,000 in grant funds to support their reopening efforts after having experienced a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The State of Michigan has appropriated $100 million of federal CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program. Funding will be administered by 15 local or nonprofit economic development organizations (EDOs) covering all 83 counties in the state. The application period will run through August 5, 2020 and all eligible applications received during that three-week period will receive consideration.  
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Agricultural Safety Grant Applications are Live

Applications are now being accepted for the Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program. A total of $10 million in grants will be available to processors statewide, with $5 million going to farms statewide to mitigate risks of the COVID-19 virus across the state’s food production industry. Michigan’s food processors can apply for grants of $10,000 up to $200,000, and farms may apply for grants of $10,000 up to $50,000 to help cover costs associated with testing, PPE, employee training, increased sanitation measures and temporary housing solutions to ensure social distancing. The State of Michigan has appropriated $15 million of federal CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program, with funding awarded on a first come, first serve basis to eligible applicants.  
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Upcoming Webinar: Michigan Restaurants Remain Resilient in the Wake of COVID-19  

From expanded carryout menus to carving out physical space to allow for additional patrons, Michigan restaurants and communities have pivoted and innovated in the wake of COVID-19. Hear from restaurateurs and communities about how they created new sources of revenue while complying with safety and social distance guidelines – and learn what’s on the horizon for the Michigan restaurant industry. Join the MEDC and Crain’s Detroit Business for a free webcast on July 29 at 12 p.m. ET.  
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Toolkit Available for Businesses to Protect Workers and the Public  

To further protect workers and the community, Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-147 announced last week reiterates that businesses who are open to the public must refuse entry and service to individuals who fail to comply with wearing a face covering. The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has provided a toolkit to help businesses protect their workers and the public while remaining safely open. LEO and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) have a set of online resources at that provides guidelines, posters for employees and customers, factsheets, educational videos and a reopening checklist to keep workplaces safe.  
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Additional Resources Available Online  

Access additional COVID-19 resources for businesses and communities by visiting Read more about programs supporting economic recovery for Michigan businesses by visiting Visit to find other valuable resources for employers, workers, residents and communities.  

LIVE Telephone Town Hall about the resources from FEMA – 07.14.2020 at 7:05 PM

News from Congressman John Moolenaar

Tonight at 7:05 PM, I am hosting a live telephone town hall about the resources from FEMA and other federal agencies that are now available to Michigan residents following the federal government’s disaster declaration for the May flooding. 

The call will include officials from FEMA, the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development, and the Michigan State Police, to take questions from residents and discuss how their departments can assist in rebuilding.

Residents can sign up to be a part of the call at Moolenaar.House.Gov/Live, where it will also be livestreamed tonight.

Residents can also begin the application for assistance at DisasterAssistance.Gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For the hearing and speech impaired, the number is 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). Both numbers are staffed from 7 AM to 10 PM ET, seven days a week. I look forward to speaking with you during tonight’s event. Sincerely,

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Washington D.C. Office
Cannon HOB 117
Washington, D. C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3561
Fax: (202) 225-9679

Midland Office
200 East Main Street
Suite 230
Midland, MI 48640
Phone: (989) 631-2552
Fax: (989) 631-6271

Cadillac Office
201 North Mitchell Street
Suite L4
Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: (231) 942-5070
Fax: (231) 876-9505  

Press Release – 07.10.2020 – Must Register with FEMA

Affected persons or businesses MUST REGISTER with FEMA to determine eligibility regardless of any previous reporting.  Any of the below sites and numbers can be used.


FEMA Mobile App

1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) Also includes persons utilizing 711 relay or VRS.  (Available 7AM to 10PM 7 days a week.)

TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585.

Again, regardless of any previous reporting, an applicant MUST do one of the above to determine eligibility.

More information will be forthcoming as we get it from FEMA.

Robert North

Gladwin County EM/HSD

Press Release – 07.10.2020 – River Bottoms Safety

Please be aware that with the rain today, the now exposed areas of the rivers/lakes that have been drawn down may experience further destabilization.   For your own safety and that of first responders, DO NOT WALK OR RIDE IN THE NOW EXPOSED RIVER AND LAKE BEDS.  Additionally, high points may experience further erosion making them unstable to access.

Whitmer’s Request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Mid-Michigan Counties Impacted by May Floods Approved by President Trump


July 9, 2020
Tiffany Brown, 517-335-6397
Dale George, 517-284-3962  

Governor Whitmer’s Request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Mid-Michigan Counties Impacted by May Floods Approved by President Trump

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster area for mid-Michigan counties affected by widespread and severe flooding and dam failures in May.

“Seeing the people and businesses of these communities pull together to help one another after this 500-year flooding event continues to inspire me,” said Governor Whitmer. “The devastation of this disaster touched thousands of Michigan families and businesses and this federal declaration is an important step in our efforts to continue to provide assistance as they recover and rebuild.”

On May 19, 2020, Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency for the counties affected by the dam failures and requested and received a federal emergency declaration for Midland and Gladwin counties, which unlocked limited federal assistance. On May 27, 2020, she expanded her declaration to include Iosco County. The same day, the governor directed the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) launch an investigation into what caused the Edenville and Sanford dams to fail.

The flooding was caused by an area of low pressure stalled across the Great Lakes region, bringing a prolonged period of rainfall to Michigan from May 17 to May 19. Persistent steady rain resulted in excessive two-day rainfall totals reaching record levels at some locations.