The Michigan Strategic Fund, through the federal CARES Act and Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is making available $100 million in grant funds to eligible small businesses and nonprofits in Michigan. Lakeshore Advantage is administering $3.5 million of that funding for businesses and nonprofits in Allegan and Ottawa counties.

Thirty percent of the Restart Grant awards will go to minority, women and veteran-owned businesses.

Application is now closed

Review Process Timeline
Application Review and Selection Complete // August 24, 2020
Notification to Awardees //  August 25, 2020 to September 30, 2020
Disbursement of Awards // September 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020
Announcement of Awardees by MEDC and Lakeshore Advantage // September 20, 2020

Questions? Please email
Application Review Criteria

The following factors will be considered during the application review process for small businesses and nonprofits in Allegan and Ottawa Counties:

  • Number of employees that will be hired as a result of Restart Grant
  • Revenue lost due to COVID-19 emergency
  • Business ownership (Ex: Is it a franchise? Locally owned? Women, minority or veteran owned?)
  • Organization’s commitment to servicing, employing and/or supporting vulnerable populations and/or small businesses
  • Current operating capacity
  • Organization’s attempts to introduce new products or services and/or adapt existing products or services in order to maintain revenue during COVID-19 emergency
  • Industry
  • Number of years in business
  • Amount of grant funding requested
  • Number of employees
  • Stage of business (Ex: Startup)
  • Average hourly wage of employees
  • For-profit/Non-profit status

Allegan and Ottawa County Application Review Committee
Mike-Ramirez.jpg Mike Ramirez (Chair), Orka Automation
0-2-(1).jpeg Holly Johnson (Vice Chair), Frey Foundation
0-6.jpeg Mandi BrowerQuality Car Wash
EsperanzaDegnan-(1).jpg Esperanza DegnanMercantile Bank of Michigan
0-8.jpeg Ada DelgadoMacatawa Bank
0-9.jpeg Boyd FeltmanPeachwave
0-10.jpeg Nick GenovaHaworth
0-16.jpeg Robert Heath Sr.Legacy Leadership
0-18.jpeg Phil KoningWest Michigan Community Bank
0-12.jpeg Kavy LenonHerman Miller
0-13.jpeg Kris LewisAllegan Credit Union
0-4.jpeg Scott Lubbers5/3 Bank
0-5.jpeg Joe MatthewsGentex
Jennifer-Owens_forweb.JPG Jennifer OwensLakeshore Advantage
Image-not-available.jpg Chih-Hsuan (Sandy) PiercePadnos
0-3.jpeg Jennifer RemondinoWarner Norcross + Judd
0-7.jpeg Amy SparksNuvar Manufacturing
0-15.jpeg Chris StrengGreat Lakes Financial Insurance Agency
0-11.jpeg Jenny WhiteVelo City Cycles
The Lakeshore Advantage team and their strategic partners are deeply committed to maintaining an equitable and unbiased grant review and selection process. The official members of the Lakeshore Advantage Restart Grant Review Board are encouraged to share general information within their communities about the grant opportunity. However, board members are not allowed to discuss or comment on individual applications. Instead, all inquiries relating to specific applications should be directed to