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Deadline approaches for businesses in Howell and Pinckney to apply for state grant

The clock is ticking for local businesses in Howell and Pinckney to be among those that could be awarded a major expansion grant of $25,000.

The Match on Main grant program was originally developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to help businesses cope with the cost of adapting to COVID-19 restrictions. However, it has been adapted to support the growth and expansion of small businesses statewide, and help those businesses create and maintain jobs.

In order to qualify for the grant, a business must be a considered “small,” must be in a permanent location in a downtown area and be headquartered in Michigan.

Businesses are eligible as long as they’re in the limits of an eligible city, including those involved in the Michigan Main Street Program. In Livingston County, the City of Howell is the only community that qualifies under that program. However, Redevelopment Ready Communities are also eligible, of which the Village of Pinckney is included.

Applications must be submitted by a local government unit, downtown development authority or management district. Each community can submit two applications. Applications for this round must be submitted by Feb. 1.

A business can earn up to $25,000 as long as they can match 10 percent of the funding. Learn more at miplace.org/small-business/match-on-main.

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