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$5,000 Community Development Grants for GR

The Grand Rapids Economic Development Office said they would be offering $5,000 Community Development Grants to eligible small businesses. (WEYI/File)

Community Development Grant

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Economic Development Office said they would be offering $5,000 Community Development Grants to eligible small businesses.

To be eligible the small business must have 25 or fewer employees, have a physical location, benefit low- to moderate-income people, and be within a targeted area of Grand Rapids. (Click the link to see a map)

Business Grant General Target Area by WWMT on Scribd

Grants would be prioritized by businesses that had not received any other grants or federal assistance, businesses in the Third Ward, businesses in the Neighborhoods of Focus outside the Third Ward, and businesses that retain the greatest number of jobs.

Several organizations are helping businesses owners apply for the jobs:

  • Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses, info@grabblocal.com, 616-238-0969
  • People First Economy (Local First), info@localfirst.com, 616-808-3788
  • West Michigan Asian American Association, Covid.wmaaa@gmail.com, 616-920-0284
  • West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, ana@westmihcc.org, 616-452-3960

Head to the Grand Rapids city website to apply.

The Community Development Grant is being funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through a community development block grant.

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