Prosperity Region 5 - 2018 Mini & Micro Grant Program

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A MINI & MICRO GRANT PROGRAM CALL FOR PROJECTS APRIL 4, 2018

The second annual East Central Michigan Prosperity Region 5 Grant Program is being led by the East Michigan Council of Governments (EMCOG).  This project is being funded by the State of Michigan as part of the state’s Regional Prosperity Initiative. The second year program includes two tiers of grants as described below.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

County or municipal governments (city, village, township), downtown development authorities, economic development authorities, nonprofits, educational institutions, adult education agencies, workforce development agencies, MPOs and other local transportation agencies within the 8-county ECM-PR-5 (Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw Counties)

GRANT AMOUNTS AND CONDITIONS:

Mini Grants: The total amount of funds available is $122,000 out of which grants can range from $2,000 to $20,000 each.   (Note: the grant selection committee has the discretion to consider grant applications that are outside of the parameters of the $2,000 to $20,000 range). A local match and/or in kind service will be required as part of the grant.

Micro Grants (new grant program for 2018):  The total amount of funds available is $10,000 out of which grants can range from $250 up to $1,000.  No local match is required.

PURPOSE

The East Central Michigan Regional Prosperity Region 5 Mini-Grant Program is intended to implement regional and sub-regional projects that further the Regional Strategy goals, objectives and actions throughout the 8-county region. Collaboration with other entities is encouraged. There are five categories of projects for which funding will be considered.

  1. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING.  This includes traditional economic development (business recruitment, expansion, and retention), regional planning & Collaboration, and marketing & regional image.
  2. ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION.  This includes entrepreneurship, innovation, academic research & development, technology-based start-ups, and small business development
  3. TALENT & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.  This includes workforce development, adult education, prek through grade 12 education, and higher education.
  4. TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE.  This includes transportation infrastructure (roads/highways, rail, airports, water-based transport), utilities (electric, gas, water, broadband) and public transportation.  
  5. PLACE-MAKING & TALENT ATTRACTION:  This includes downtown revitalization, urban vitality, and recreation/entertainment amenities.