Genesee County announces grant opportunity for small businesses

GENESEE COUNTY — Genesee County has established the Small Business Assistance Program to help businesses that have been hard-hit in 2020.

The program will assist low-to-moderate income business owners with access to short-term working capital in order to mitigate the impacts of revenue losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated executive orders. Grant applications are available now until Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.

Guidelines and all related documents can be found at www.gcmpc.org/genesee-county-small-business-assistance/.

Grants will be available in amounts up to $10,000 and will be administered through the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission (GCMPC). Grant awards will be eligible for costs incurred between March 16, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Eligible costs under the grant include items such as PPE, supplies/inventory, staff payroll or wages and rent/ utility expenses.

“Small businesses do not only increase the tax base and provide local jobs for our residents, they give our communities a sense of identity and provide one-of-a-kind local services and products,” said Martin Cousineau, Chairman for the Genesee County Board of Commissioners. “It is more important now than ever that we support our small businesses the best that we can.”

For more information about this Grant Opportunity, please contact the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission at 810-257-3010 or email GCMPC@geneseecountymi.gov. — B.G.