Help for African-American small businesses in Flint available now for COVID reopening costs in new grants program

Small businesses locally owned and run by African Americans can now apply for $5,000 each to help cover costs for reopening safely as the state eases its coronavirus restrictions. The “Restart Flint & Genesee Grant Program” was launched May 6 with $200,000 from the Consumers Energy Foundation, which donated the funds to the Genesee Chamber Foundation, a supporting organization of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. And today the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation announced it is adding $262,500 to those funds to support African-American businesses, specifically in Flint, closed under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order due to the pandemic. The Chamber has established the following eligibility criteria for the grants, according to the press release from the Mott Foundation: The business was operating prior to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. The business is majority owned by one or more African Americans. The business is locally owned. […]

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