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Ann Arbor Spark

July 23, 2020

Michigan Small Business Restart Program Process and FAQs

Applications for this program can be submitted to the Michigan Small Business Restart program through August 5, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Send an email to businessdevelopment@annarborusa.org.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Have 50 employees or less;
  • Be in an industry that has demonstrated it has been affected by the COVID-19 emergency;
  • Demonstrate the incurred income loss as a result of the COVID-19 emergency; and
  • Demonstrate the need for working capital for eligible expenses (see below for eligible expenses).

Application Review Overview

Each county in the Greater Ann Arbor Region (Monroe, Lenawee, Jackson, Hillsdale, Livingston, and Washtenaw) has developed a local review committee. Learn More

Washtenaw County Committee
  • Ann Arbor SPARK
  • Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center
  • Washtenaw County’s Office of Community and Economic Development
  • Washtenaw County’s Racial Equity Office
  • NewFoundry CEO
  • Advisory review from the Small Business Development Center
Livingston County Committee
  • Ann Arbor SPARK
  • Livingston County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director
  • Economic Development Council of Livingston County Board Chairman
  • Lake Trust Credit Union
  • Advisory review from the Small Business Development Center

Application Review Process

Committees will review applicants from each county to ensure eligibility and availability of funds. Grants will be reviewed based on a number of factors, including:

  • Number of employees impacted
  • Wages
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the business
  • Geographic diversity
  • Economic impact of COVID-19 on the business location
  • Focus on supporting minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses

Award decisions will be communicated to applicants and, if approved, a grant agreement will be signed and funds will be distributed through electronic funds transfer. Funding is limited and submitting an application does not guarantee funding.

Before you begin your application please be aware you will not be able to save your application and return to it later; however, you will be able to access and edit your completed application after you’ve submitted it.

Additional Forms

Applicant Business Certification Form

Applicants are instructed to complete the Applicant Business Certification agreement form and attach it to their application prior to submittal.

Download Applicant Business Certification Form

  • Fill out the form with all requested company information, including the requested grant amount, and digitally sign the document.
  • Save the file to your computer or another device. Be sure to add your company’s full business name to the generic “Applicant Business Certification Form” file name prior to uploading to avoid confusion for the reviewer.
  • When you reach the final question of the application below, you will be asked to upload the Applicant Business Certification Form. It will be attached to your submission automatically.
  • If your company is selected by the Local EDO for a grant award and elects to use the Application Certification Form, the Local EDO will fill in their information and grant amount to be awarded then return a signed copy of the agreement to you for your records.

W-9 Form

At the end of the application, you will also be required to electronically submit a W-9 form for your business or non-profit. If you do not have one, you can download one from here.

Application and Technical Support

Eligibility or Grant Related Questions

Contact the MEDC Customer Care Center
(888) 522-0103 | medceconomic@michigan.org
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and closed for lunch noon – 1 p.m.
During the lunch hours, callers may leave a voicemail.

Technical Difficulties

Contact Connect Space if you have technical questions related to successfully submitting this form.
(844) 668-3348 | support@connectspaceinc.com

Frequently Asked Questions

How can funds be used?

Grant funds must be used for expenditures incurred by the eligible business between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020 that meet the following criteria:

  • Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19 (such as resulting from employment or business interruptions due to COVID-19);
  • Used for its working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or costs related to reopening the eligible business or eligible nonprofit.

How can an applicant confirm the application submission was successful?

Each applicant will receive an email confirmation after their successful submission.

How is the digital signature added to the Applicant Certification Form?

Docusign on the PDF automatically saves the signature to the pdf before uploading. Some folks have found success by creating their Docusign account first at www.docusign.com/.

Can you save progress made on the application to return later?

No, you must submit the application for it to save progress, after submitting, you may go back in and edit the submission.

How is diversity defined?

  • Minority-Owned means, as applied to an otherwise Eligible Business, that the Eligible Business is at least fifty-one percent (51%) directly and unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more, or any combination of; Black or African Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans (Alaska natives, native Hawaiians, or enrolled members of a federally or State recognized Indian tribe); Asian Americans; Arab or Middle Eastern Americans.
  • Woman-Owned means that the Eligible Business is at least fifty-one percent (51%) directly and unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more women in addition to meeting all other eligibility requirements.
  • Veteran-Owned means that the Eligible Business is at least fifty-one percent (51%) directly and unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more veterans of any military branch of the United States in addition to meeting all other eligibility requirements.