Afflicted Business Grant Money Available For Michigan Businesses

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We understand that imposed restrictions have significantly impacted many small business owners over the last two years. As your financial and community partner, we are here for you and want to make you aware of the new Afflicted Business Relief (ABR) grant program set to open March 1st – March 31st ,2022. This $409 million grant relief program will be awarded for select businesses that have suffered financial hardship as a result due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who Is Eligible to Apply For the ABR Grant?

Michigan businesses in operation on October 1, 2019, or started operation between October 1st, 2019, and June 1st, 2020, are eligible to apply for an ABR grant.

To be eligible to apply for an ABR grant, you must be one of the following business types listed below, not tax-exempt, and not a government entity.

  • Entertainment Venues
  • Recreational Facilities and
  • Public Places of Amusement
  • Barbers and Cosmetologists
  • Exercise Facilities
  • Food Establishments
  • Nursery Dealers and Growers
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Body Art Facilities
  • Hotels and Bed & Breakfast Establishments (Airbnb/VRBO are not eligible)

Complete List: Click here to read more about ABR Grant Program eligibility

What Information Is Required To Apply?

Eligible businesses will need to complete an application, provide supporting documents, and make a series of certifications.

To best prepare for this application opening, businesses will need to submit the following electronically:

  • Financial Documentation and Information to verify their decline in Michigan total sales from calendar year 2019 to calendar year 2020 for businesses that were in operation on October 1, 2019.
  • Financial Documentation and Information to verify their fixed costs for calendar year 2020 for businesses that were not in operation on October 1, 2019, but started before June 1, 2020.
  • Tax Documentation, including 2019 and 2020 Federal and Michigan filed tax returns for the sales drop.
  • Beneficiary Agreement with terms and conditions that have been electronically signed.

Businesses must also be able to demonstrate financial hardship by providing information on the following fixed costs:

  • Total non-residential property tax paid for CY 2020 (if applicable)
  • Total lease costs paid for CY 2020 (if applicable)
  • MI unemployment insurance taxes paid for CY 2020 (if applicable)
  • The amount of on-premises retail liquor license fees (if applicable)
  • The amount of license required inspection fees paid under the Michigan Food Inspection law (if applicable)
  • The amount of all other business license or inspection fees (if applicable)

More FAQs: Click here to read a full list of frequently asked questions

When & Where Can I Submit My Application?

All applications will be submitted through Afflicted Business Relief (michigan.gov). The application window will open on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 8:00 AM and will be available until March 31st at 11:59 PM. Grants will not be based on a first-come, first-service basis.

Who Should I Contact With Additional Questions?

As much as we’d love to help, for any eligibility questions, you’ll want to contact ABR Assistance directly at 866.507.8462, Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, or by email at treas-abr@michigan.gov. As always, thanks for being a member!

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