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Welcome to the Motor City Match Building Owner application. The application deadline is October 31st, 2021.


Directions: Building owners may submit multiple applications - one for each vacant property they own. Submit one application per available property. If you own a multi-tenant building with one or more vacant spaces, submit one application for that property and indicate the number of available spaces.         


When submitting multiple applications, make sure you hit the "submit" button at the end of each application, before submitting another application. If your previous application appears when you try to submit a new application, you have not submitted your prior application or your prior application is incomplete.       

PROGRAM PARTICIPATION: IMPORTANT
This application is for the Cash Award Track - Awardees receive up to $500,000 in grants and loans for up to 15 projects that have secured a location, settled on an appropriate growth plan, and created a design and program specific to that location. The maximum grant award is $100,000 per project. Businesses must have money ready to invest, whether it’s their own equity, financing, or both. Loans are facilitated through Motor City Match lending partners.

Cash Award track requirements:

1) Business plan or growth plan with sales projections and a realistic revenue model

2) Commercial location secured with a signed lease or letter of intent or deed

3) A sound understanding of the financial resources necessary to complete the project including the total cost of the project and funding need

4) Design specific to location and bids or other documentation that shows the costs for renovation, equipment and other necessary

5) Minimum 10% equity to invest in the project.

Awarded submissions will qualify as either a Micro-enterprise (business with 5 or less employees) or small business (more than 5 employees) in compliance with the appropriate regulations for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds distributed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


If you are not interested in receiving the services described above as an award, you SHOULD NOT complete this application.


Eligibility Criteria: The following individuals are not eligible to apply: Business owners who are:
(1) employees, elected officials or appointed officials or officers of the City of Detroit government (the City);
(2) employees or board members of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC);
(3) employees or board members of the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit (EDC);
(4) Motor City Match Lending Partners or Jurors;


The following individuals must disclose their status. Upon receipt of an applicant’s disclosure, the EDC will determine whether a conflict of interest exists and if the conflict can be mitigated and/or granted an exemption in accordance with EDC policies and federal regulations.
(1) employees, elected officials or appointed officials or officers of the City of Detroit government (the City);
(2) contractors affiliated with the Motor City Match program;
(3) spouses and dependents of
    (a) employees and board members of the City, DEGC, and EDC;
    (b) contractors affiliated with the Motor City Match program; and
    (c) Motor City Match Lending Partners or Jurors

PROGRAM PARTICIPATION: IMPORTANT
This application is for the Design Award Track - Awardees receive one-on-one consulting, classes and workshops, access to technical assistance and professional services for up to 10 businesses that have secured a commercial location, settled on an appropriate growth plan, and need to create a design and program specific to that location.


Design Award Track Requirements:

(1) The business must have "made a match" with a commercial building/space proven by a signed and dated lease, letter of intent or property purchase

(2) The lease, letter of intent or deed must be submitted with this application.

(3) The space requires a substantial renovation project prior to opening

(4)  A a well-developed, written business plan or growth plan must be submitted with this application.

(5) If the business is new, financial projections must be included in the business plan. Financial projections should illustrate income and expenses, including rent and maintenance of the new location.

(6) If the business has been operating in another location, in co-working space, as a pop-up or home based business, financial statements should be submitted with this application.

Awarded submissions will qualify as either a Micro-enterprise (business with 5 or less employees) or small business (more than 5 employees) in compliance with the appropriate regulations for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds distributed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Building owners that own a vacant commercial space in the city of Detroit and need help activating their space may apply. Building owners should answer application questions by thinking of their building development project as their business.

If you are not interested in receiving the services described above as an award, you SHOULD NOT complete this application.


Eligibility Criteria: The following individuals are not eligible to apply: Business owners who are:
(1) employees, elected officials or appointed officials or officers of the City of Detroit government (the City);
(2) employees or board members of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC);
(3) employees or board members of the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit (EDC);
(4) Motor City Match Lending Partners or Jurors;


The following individuals must disclose their status. Upon receipt of an applicant’s disclosure, the EDC will determine whether a conflict of interest exists and if the conflict can be mitigated and/or granted an exemption in accordance with EDC policies and federal regulations.
(1) employees, elected officials or appointed officials or officers of the City of Detroit government (the City);
(2) contractors affiliated with the Motor City Match program;
(3) spouses and dependents of
    (a) employees and board members of the City, DEGC, and EDC;
    (b) contractors affiliated with the Motor City Match program; and
    (c) Motor City Match Lending Partners or Jurors

PROGRAM PARTICIPATION: IMPORTANT

This application is for the Develop Award Track - Awardees receive one-on-one consulting, classes and workshops, access to technical assistance and professional services for up to 25 businesses seeking to develop their idea, create a plan for growth, and choose an appropriate location for their next phase of development

Awarded submissions will qualify as either a Micro-enterprise (business with 5 or less employees) or small business (more than 5 employees) in compliance with the appropriate regulations for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds distributed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


If you are not interested in receiving the services described above as an award, you SHOULD NOT complete this application.


Eligibility Criteria: The following individuals are not eligible to apply: Business owners who are:
(1) employees, elected officials or appointed officials or officers of the City of Detroit government (the City);
(2) employees or board members of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC);
(3) employees or board members of the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit (EDC);
(4) Motor City Match Lending Partners or Jurors;


The following individuals must disclose their status. Upon receipt of an applicant’s disclosure, the EDC will determine whether a conflict of interest exists and if the conflict can be mitigated and/or granted an exemption in accordance with EDC policies and federal regulations.
(1) employees, elected officials or appointed officials or officers of the City of Detroit government (the City);
(2) contractors affiliated with the Motor City Match program;
(3) spouses and dependents of
    (a) employees and board members of the City, DEGC, and EDC;
    (b) contractors affiliated with the Motor City Match program; and
    (c) Motor City Match Lending Partners or Jurors

Plan Award Track -  Motor City Match will provide one-on-one consulting, a business basics/planning class, subject-specific workshops, and access to technical assistance for up to 15 entrepreneurs seeking to refine, formalize, and launch a business idea. Detroit residents and non-residents that regularly operate their business in the city of Detroit are eligible to apply.


Building owners that own a vacant commercial space in the city of Detroit and need help activating their space may apply. Building owners should answer application questions by thinking of their building development project as their business.

Applicants must have a business idea and meet all eligibility requirements.


Awarded submissions will qualify as either a Micro-enterprise (business with 5 or less employees) or small business (more than 5 employees) in compliance with the appropriate regulations for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds distributed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


If you are not interested in receiving the services described above as an award, you SHOULD NOT complete this application.


Eligibility Criteria: The following individuals are not eligible to apply: Business owners who are:

(1) employees, elected officials or appointed officials or officers of the City of Detroit government (the City);

(2) employees or board members of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC);

(3) employees or board members of the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit (EDC);

(4) Motor City Match Lending Partners or Jurors;


The following individuals must disclose their status. Upon receipt of an applicant’s disclosure, the EDC will determine whether a conflict of interest exists and if the conflict can be mitigated and/or granted an exemption in accordance with EDC policies and federal regulations.

(1) employees, elected officials or appointed officials or officers of the City of Detroit government (the City);

(2) contractors affiliated with the Motor City Match program;

(3) spouses and dependents of

     (a) employees and board members of the City, DEGC, and EDC;

     (b) contractors affiliated with the Motor City Match program; and

     (c) Motor City Match Lending Partners or Jurors

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