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Michigan Businesses Awarded $8M to Support COVID-19 Workplace Safety

October 26, 2020
State of Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grants help employers ensure safe workplaces

LANSING, Mich.—Employers across Michigan are better prepared to protect employees this week as more than $8 million in grant funds are being awarded from the COVID-19 Safety Grant Program. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) launched the program earlier this year as employers worked to implement new safety protocols and procedures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All eligible and complete applications received grant awards leading to about 1,500 businesses who will begin receiving allocations.

“Employers need access to many different resources to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep the economy operating,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “These funds will help businesses invest in exactly what they need to create safe workplaces for their specific situation, from a dental office to a bar.”

The Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program was made available to all businesses with 250 or fewer employees to create a safer and healthier work environment. Grants were awarded for up to $10,000 in matching funds to recipients across industries, including restaurants and bars, retail facilities, healthcare, education, community ventures, and more. Employers from all 10 of Michigan’s prosperity regions were selected and including the match from MIOSHA will spend $16.3 million on safety equipment and material purchases.  View the complete list of grantees by region.

COVID-19 Safety Grant Regional Breakdown

Michigan Prosperity Region Number of
Eligible Grants
Project Cost
State Reimbursement
1 (UP) 45  $389,023  $211,715
2 (NW Lower) 60  $569,441  $307,175
3 (NE Lower) 30  $299,680  $159,978
4 (Central Western) 177  $1,887,553  $943,493
5 (Central East) 84  $1,018,906  $514,531
6 (Thumb) 94  $1,182,657  $532,010
7 (Mid Central, Ingham, Eaton, Clinton) 77  $942,122  $407,277
8 (SW Lower) 113  $1,322,376  $634,914
9 (SE Lower) 140  $1,770,327  $889,789
10 (SE Lower, Oakland, Wayne, Macomb) 641 $6,882,209  $3,639,670
Total 1,461 $16,264,294 $8,240,552

The grants support safety and health-related equipment purchased in response to COVID-19. Businesses across the state, such as salons, dentist offices, restaurants, and others, will utilize funds to secure necessary items, including a:

  • Restaurant that will purchase garden igloos for use in the winter months.
  • Winery that will purchase an air purification system for on-site buildings.
  • Salon that will install safety dividers for individual stations and the front desk.
  • Dentist’s office that will upgrade its HVAC system to better exchange air in the office.

Other businesses will rely on the funds to secure essential safety supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizing stations, signage, thermometers, and additional cleaning supplies.

“The challenges from COVID-19 to our small businesses are not going away,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Unfortunately, the pandemic has already forced many Michigan businesses to close and more could still follow. Programs like this are critical to get employers the resources they need to keep their doors open safely.”

The COVID-19 safety grants are a reimbursement program. It was made possible with recent passage of SB 690 appropriation of Federal CARES Act funding.

MIOSHA also works with employers through its Ambassador Program where safety and health experts visit businesses statewide to offer education and support, with a focus on workplaces with a higher risk of community transmission. MIOSHA soon plans to announce an enhancement and expansion of the program.

Employers and employees with questions regarding COVID-19 workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using the new hotline at 855-SAFE-C19 (855-723-3219).

Employers can find additional information to ensure safe and healthy working conditions at

To report health and safety concerns in the workplace, go to

View more news from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.