The Small Business Relief Grant

Get up to $1,000 to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19.



This program is currently closed - all funds exhausted for the 2021 round.

The Main Street Pontiac Small Business Relief Grant is intended to promote the involvement in the downtown community as a collective that supports economic development for the common good. The program is designed to accompany the City of Pontiac’s aspirations for prosperity, as well as the retention and expansion of the downtown corridor.



Who can get the grant, what it can be used for.

In order to be eligible, your business has to be on an existing business (business address) located in Downtown Pontiac. Downtown Pontiac for this program is considered within our touching the “Woodward Loop.” For profit, and nonprofit businesses/organizations may apply for this opportunity.

Grant amounts may be up to $1,000 per business.

Information provided will be used in determining eligibility for this grant and will be kept confidential. Applicants will be notified within 5 to 7 business days of determination and arrangements will be made with award applicants. All grant decisions are final.

Eligible use of grant funds are, but not limited to the following;

  • Rent, lease, or mortgage/loan payments
  • Supplier or utility payments
  • Payroll
  • Public health measures – physical barriers or supplies
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Measures to encourage social distancing
  • Adaptive means for limited/minimal customer contact



The application process is simple, and we verify the information.

Applications will be promptly reviewed in order for awards to be dispersed until resources are fully depleted. The awarding of the grants have some elements of subjectivity and awards are granted at the discretion of the review committee. The amount awarded will be determined by the Main Street Pontiac Board of Directors based upon the demonstration of need, quality of responses on the grant application, and available grant dollars in the program.



15 grants were awarded to downtown Pontiac businesses

  • Bow for Bowser
  • Born Royalty
  • Filmore 13 Brewery
  • Exfirmentation
  • Ad Local
  • Downtown Pontiac Surveillance Group
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Little Mo
  • Green Room Cafe
  • Smash Hit Kickboxing
  • Total Refund Tax Service


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