Weatherization Grants Awarded
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) provided federal CARES Act funds to help qualifying small businesses expand their capacity by adding weatherized, temporary outdoor facilities. This grant program was open to applicants in late November 2020. Since then, the SBAM team has been working to provide applicable businesses funds on a first-come, first-serve basis.
As of February 2021, 331 businesses have been awarded up to $10,000 each to help their businesses increase outdoor capacity.
Businesses like Chateau Chantal (pictured left) utilized awarded funds to add outdoor seating, portable heating, outdoor fitness options, enhance filtration, expand carryout capabilities, and more.