Nonprofit organizations join forces to launch community funded small business relief grant program in northeast michigan
To support the viability of Alpena’s beloved local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, local nonprofit organizations have joined forces to launch a community funded small business relief program. In partnership with Target Alpena, a certified non-profit Economic Development Corporation, and the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, the All in for Alpena Small Business Relief Grant committee will make grant recommendations while Target administers the program and disburses funds to grant recipients based upon the committee’s recommendation.
“Much like our nonprofit organizations are guided by our unwavering belief and commitment to our missions, small businesses in Alpena are unwavering in their support of our community,” said Jennifer Calery, All in for Alpena Program Director. “Our organizations have joined forces to amplify our voices on behalf of our local businesses by seeking tax-deductible contributions made to a special fund established through the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan for the express purpose of supporting this small business relief program. All funds raised through this fund will go directly to Alpena small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.”
“We are glad to collaborate with the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan to assist All in for Alpena to support our business community,” said Mike Mahler, Target Alpena Director of Economic Development. “This is at the heart of Target Alpena’s mission.”
A social media marketing campaign kicked off on May 5th, to raise funds to support the grant program. Target Alpena serves as the fund fiduciary and disbursement agent. The All in for Alpena Small Business Relief Grant committee has been established from several Alpena based nonprofit organizations that have volunteered their time to manage the application and award process to give back to the businesses that have supported them throughout the years. Additionally, nonprofit organizations are helping to promote the fund website.
“Many mission-driven organizations in our community are struggling to navigate through these difficult times, yet they all enthusiastically agreed to support this effort and to find the time to help share our message,” Calery said. “That speaks volumes to how important our local businesses are to our nonprofit organizations.”
Applications will be made available Monday, May 18th and accepted thru 5pm Friday, May 29th. (date updated)
About the All in for Alpena Small Business Relief Grant Committee
The All in for Alpena Small Business Relief Grant committee was established for the sole purpose of funding and administering a Small Business Relief Grant Program to support Alpena businesses hardest hit by COVID-19.
About Target Alpena
Founded in 1989, Target Alpena Development Corporation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation that was established for economic development purposes in the City of Alpena and Alpena County. Target Alpena is supported entirely by voluntary contributions from financial institutions, businesses, individuals, governmental entities, foundation, utilities, and grants.