Dream Maker Small Business Emergency Relief Fund
Grant Application

Dream Maker Small Business Emergency Relief Fund is possible with a personal gift of $1 million to the Jackson Community Foundation from Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe and her husband Eric during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is established to support small for profit businesses in the Poppe’s home county of Jackson, Mich., through grants made by The Enterprise Group Community Ventures Corporation.


The federal and state governments are putting together multiple resources for small businesses to survive the impacts of the coronavirus crisis, and such options should be available within the next month. The intent of the Dream Maker grants is not to ensure the long-term solvency of businesses; rather, they are meant to cover short-term (i.e., next 30 days) gaps until these businesses can access state and federal resources.

Maximum Grant

The maximum award will be $5,000, although we expect most grants to be smaller than this in order to be able to make as many grants as possible.

Eligibility Criteria

• Jackson County small for-profit business with 50 or fewer employees
• Locally-owned franchises of chains are included, but corporate-owned stores are not
• Should have a physical location in Jackson County where employees report for work
• Must demonstrate how they will utilize this gap grant
• Must submit enclosed Budget Template and most recent tax return if asked

*This short-term gap grant is not meant to cover wages of laid off or not working employees.
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