City of Troy
The City of Troy moved to critical staff and services only plan to protect residents and employees even further from the spread of COVID-19. Please review our COVID-19 City Procedures page for a full outline of current operations.
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FAQ for COVID-19 State Directives - November 18, 2020
The Oakland Together Restaurant Relief Grant Program for Cities, Villages and Townships (CVTs) is using $3 million from the county’s General Fund—as approved by Oakland County Executive David Coulter and the Oakland County Board of Commissioners—to support dine-in restaurants, bars and cafes impacted by COVID-19 and the related public health orders. The City of Troy is coordinating with the Troy Chamber of Commerce on this initiative.
Phase One of this program has been completed, and Phase Two is now launching. Phase Two of the Restaurant Relief Grant Program will provide Cities, Villages and Townships (CVTs) with products and funding that can be used for a broader range of support for dine-in restaurants, bars and cafes.
Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program
The State of Michigan has allocated $55 million to implement the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to support the needs of Michigan businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus and the Gatherings and Mask Order. The application to apply will open at 9 am EST on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. For application information, click here www.michiganbusiness.org/survival.
Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program
The State of Michigan has allocated $3.5 million to create the Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program to provide grants to entertainment venues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency declarations. The grant application will open on January 21, 2021 at 9 am EST. For application information, click here www.michiganbusiness.org/stages.
Employee Assistance Grants – MI Restaurant & Lodging Association
The Employee Assistance Grants were made available by Senate Bill 748, and are designed to provide support to employees impacted by the MDHHS Gathering and Face Mask Order that took effect on November 18, 2020. The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation is administering this grant program. The application period will open on January 15, 2021 at 9 am and will be available until January 25, 2021 at 5 pm. The grants are not first come, first serve and the application will be open for submissions for the entirety of that 10-day period. Please take the time to ensure your application is complete and correct. For more information, click here https://mrlaef.org/money.
MIOSHA Ambassador Program
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) developed the MIOSHA Ambassador Program to help Michigan businesses operate safely during the pandemic. NSF International is teaming up with the State of Michigan to provide free education and one-on-one guidance to Michigan businesses that want to minimize COVID-19 risks in the workplace. For more information, click here
Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative
The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $10 million grant program to help meet the urgent needs of small businesses disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative will utilize federal CARES Act funding to award grants of up to $15,000 to eligible small businesses across Michigan, with applications being available beginning December 15, 2020. To qualify for grant support, businesses must meet certain eligibility criteria. To learn more click here.
Outdoor Weatherization Grant Opportunity
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is providing federal CARES Act funds to help qualifying small businesses expand their capacity by adding weatherized, temporary outdoor facilities. Grants will be awarded to eligible businesses and municipalities on a first-come, first-served basis with special consideration given to awarding at least 10 grants in each of Michigan’s prosperity regions.
Eligible applicants can begin applying November 18, 2020. The application can be accessed here.
For Building/Facility Managers
The American Water Works Association has provided information for building/facility managers who have experienced low to zero occupancy in larger office type buildings. Some of these buildings have had very little water usage for months and the concern of stagnation of the water system is very valid. Please click here for guidance regarding this matter.
Personal Protective Equipment Resilience Grant Program
Automation Alley, funded by Oakland and Macomb counties, has created the Personal Protective Equipment Resilience Grant Program to address the urgent need to move companies into the digital manufacturing age of Industry 4.0 as fast as possible to help improve our region’s manufacturing agility and response to future disruptions.
Manufacturers accepted into the program will receive:
- Strategic Guidance: on how to transform from legacy operations to digital manufacturing.
- An Industry 4.0 Assessment: outlining where their business stands today and what digital opportunities best fit their needs.
- Connections and introductions: to state-of-the art vendors and applied research that can help them along their path to Industry 4.0.
- A financial investment: will be granted to purchase Industry 4.0 and state-of-the art digital technologies.
Does my company qualify?
To qualify, companies must be a small or medium sized manufacturer residing in Oakland or Macomb County.
New Business Assistance Opportunity – MI Entrepreneur Resilience Fund
A new $1.5 million MichiganEntrepreneur Resilience Fund has been created to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 recover from the outbreak, as well as assist them in meeting increased demands in support of COVID-19 response efforts. Grants of $1,000-$5,000 and microloans of $5,000-$10,000 are available. The program targets businesses in geographically disadvantaged areas such as Opportunity Zones and HUBZones. The following are located in Troy:
Opportunity Zone – Area bounded by Maple Road, W. Big Beaver Road, Crooks Road and Livernois
HUBZones – Area 1 bounded by Fourteen Mile Road, Maple Road, John R and Dequindre; Area 2 roughly bounded by E. Big Beaver, John R, Fourteen Mile Road, Livernois, Maple Road, Rochester Road and Stephenson Highway.
A HUBZone map may be found here:
Please click here for program information.
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
Verizon has made available a new round of funding through LISC to support small businesses that are faced with having to close their doors to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus. LISC will use the funds to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure, especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises that don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital in historically under-served communities. The grants are designed to help business owners fill urgent financial gaps from paying rent to meeting payroll until they can resume normal operations or other financing becomes available. You can learn more about this program HERE.
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Oakland Together Restaurant Relief Program
The $10 million Oakland Together Restaurant Relief Program will use $7 million of Oakland County’s federal CARES Act allocation and $3 million from the county’s general fund to help restaurants hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic and a reduction in business. The surge in cases resulted in state health orders to limit indoor gatherings including indoor dining and only permit outside dining, carryout and delivery service.
The $10 million program is divided into three categories:
$7 million will be divided among the approximately 1,000 businesses that earlier received stabilization, recovery or restart grants from county CARES Act funds. The businesses were already vetted during an earlier application and don’t have to reapply. Checks will be sent to them automatically. The funds can be used to cover expenses for perishable food, rent, mortgage payments and labor costs. Under the terms of the CARES Act, the county must spend the funds by Dec. 30.
$2 million from the county’s general fund will be used to help some restaurants and bars adapt their facility for outside service. The county is acquiring 8-foot by 12-foot greenhouse-type structures, electric heaters, propane heaters, propane and other items to expand outside dining options no matter the season.
$1 million to help businesses reopen safely. The county will acquire personal protective equipment, hand sanitation stations and computer software which businesses can use to contact trace customers who have been or may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
The county is partnering with local chambers of commerce and downtown development authorities to distribute the grant-funded items. Interested restaurants and bars owners can go to www.oakgov.com/covid beginning Dec. 15 to get further information as to which local organizations will be distributing the items. The program expires March 31, 2021 or when the funds are exhausted.
Oakland County has allocated all $219 million it received in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, including more than $140 million in grants to help stabilize and support small businesses, residents and communities in every part of the county. The grants have been awarded to more than 15,000 local businesses, which employ 65,000 people; 22 local chambers of commerce; non-profit organizations, 28 local school districts; residents having trouble making rent or mortgage payments; retailers, restaurants and communities, among others.
Oakland County Business Resources: www.advantageoakland.com
Virtual Small Business Workshops
Business owners and entrepreneurs who may have had their operations or aspirations interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic have a chance to get back on track with the help of expert business counselors from Oakland County’s small business team. The center is offering a series of workshops as part of its September schedule that focus on business strategies for responding to the pandemic. For more information, click here.
Rental Assistance program
Oakland County residents who have fallen behind on their rent, mortgage or utility payments because of a lost job or other income reduction due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a one-time grant of up to $15,000 per household. The Rent, Mortgage & Utility Relief Program for Citizens that will pay up to three months of past-due rent, housing or utility bills for low income Oakland County residents who have been unable to pay their bills because of an income hardship directly related to the pandemic. Click here for a one-pager description.
Applications for the program can be found at www.oakgov.com/COVID and will be accepted beginning Wednesday through August 31. A second phase begins October 1 to November 30.
Residents of 53 Oakland County communities that participate in the county’s community development block grant program are eligible to apply. Residents of Farmington Hills, Royal Oak, Southfield and Waterford Township are NOT eligible as those communities receive funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Lake Angelus, Novi Township, Southfield Township and Bingham Farms do not participate in the block grant program.
A complete list detailing the eligibility requirements for the grants is found at www.oakgov.com/covid. Applications can be picked up at Oakland County Community & Home Improvement, Oakland Pointe, Suite 1900, 250 Elizabeth Lake Road, Pontiac, Mich., 48341-0414 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Questions, applications and supporting documentation can be submitted by email to OCHousingRelief@oakgov.com. Residents can also request an application be mailed to them by calling 248-858-0730.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan outlines how we will begin to re-engage while continuing to keep our communities safe. Re-engagement will happen in phases. Those businesses that are necessary to protect and sustain life are already open. As we move into lower-risk phases, additional business categories will re-open and the restrictions on public gatherings and social interactions will ease.
Michigan’s Work Share program allows employers to restart their business and bring employees back from unemployment. Employers can bring employees back with reduced hours - while employees collect partial unemployment benefits to make up a portion of the lost wages. Employers can also retain their current workforce and are given the flexibility to choose which of their employees are part of a Work Share plan.
New as of April 27, 2020:
The Federal Paycheck Protection Program has a new influx of funds and resumes for applications on April 27th. These are forgivable small business loans through the SBA.
Applications for Federal Paycheck Protection Program Resume April 27
An additional $310 billion was approved to extend the Paycheck Protection Program to provide forgivable federal loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The SBA resumed accepting applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 am.
Small business owners who have previously applied for PPP funding are encouraged to verify the status of their pending application with their lender. More information on how to apply for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program is available at www.MIpaycheckprotection.com
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Congresswoman Haley Stevens’ guide to Business Resources: https://stevens.house.gov/sites/stevens.house.gov/files/documents/MI11%20Resource%20Guide%20for%20Businesses.pdf
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