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Eastern Market Growing Communities

Eastern Market and partnering organizations are proud to announce the 2019 round of the Eastern Market Growing Communities (EMGC) Micro Grant Matching Initiative. In the past six years, EMGC has invested $550,000 in food entrepreneurs, Eastern Market district businesses, and urban farms for neighborhood revitalization through small business development.

Through EMGC, enterprises with a connection to Eastern Market, the Detroit Community Market Network or urban market growers in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck can apply for support to enhance their businesses including cash to purchase signage, display stands, other equipment, or land and in-kind support to address legal issues.

EMGC Eligibility (companies meeting one of the following criteria)

  • Businesses that sell in the Sheds at Eastern Market. Business must be current in rent and other obligations and have completed one complete season at Eastern Market.
  • Eastern Market District Businesses (bricks and mortar retail, wholesale or production facilities). Business must own or lease a facility in the district bound by Canfield Street, Service Street, I-75 and Chene Street.
  • Detroit Community Markets businesses which have completed one complete season at a neighborhood market.
  • Detroit Kitchen Connect Participants. Business must be current in rent and other obligations.
  • Urban Market Growers. Detroit-based urban garden or farm that sold at Eastern Market independently or with GID or another market in Detroit Community Markets Network in last 3 years.

EMGC Partners - EMGC is again teaming up with in order to give grantees a greater opportunity to get an increased amount of funding to support their business organizations through a crowd funding page on the platform. For each dollar raised, EM Growing Communities will match it up to a maximum of $3000 per grantee. Watch's informational video here!

EMGC is partnering with the following organizations to provide lending options to awardees of the EMGC grant in 2019.

Diversified Members Credit Union (DMCU)

Detroit Development Fund (DDF)

PNC Bank

Citizen’s Bank

Huntington Bank

Chase Bank

Façade Improvement Program

The Eastern Market Partnership (EMP) Façade Improvement Program was created to help business and property owners in the Eastern Market District upgrade and improve the appearance of their building exteriors.

The maximum matching grant available for any building is 50% of the cost of eligible improvements and architectural fees up to $25,000. The typical match is $10,000. Your 50/50 matching grant will be awarded when the work is approved by EMP staff and, in some cases, a city inspector.

Architectural fees are eligible for reimbursement once the project has met all approvals and is completed.

We will review and approve proposed work prior to issuing a Letter of Commitment and allocating funds to the project. This letter will outline additional terms and conditions of the grant, and serve as the legal commitment of both parties for the scope and quality of work, and the amount of the grant.

If your project is not approved, or you decide not to pursue the project once the architectural design or bidding process is completed, your expenses will not be eligible for the grant.

How Grants are Determined

We will give priority to business or property owners who can answer yes to these questions:

  • Will the grant result in improvements that would not be made otherwise?
  • Does the project comply with city regulations, neighborhood plans and design guidelines of the City of Detroit for Traditional Commercial Districts?
  • Will the proposed improvements build on other facility improvements you've already made?
  • Has your business enhanced the neighborhood?
  • Are you in a historical district or are you in an individually eligible historical building subject to local, state or federal historical standards?

Starting the Process

The following documentation must be submitted before a grant is approved:

  • A written summary and an illustration (to scale) of the proposed improvements. The design must be approved by EMP and meet applicable code requirements.
  • Proof of ownership or written permission from the building owner.
  • Draw requests—legal and other related documents supplied by the borrower to the lender for the purpose of receiving a funding advancement.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed until all requested materials are submitted.


Requirements for Eligibility

All these conditions must be met prior to receiving grant funds. If the work does not meet these requirements, there may be a reduction in the grant amount or the grant may be withdrawn:

  • Improvements must be visible. All projects must include work on a street-facing side or the side of an existing building (storefronts, gutters and downspouts, cornices, signs, graphics, exterior lighting, canopies, awnings and masonry cleaning, etc.).
  • Improvements NOT eligible for the EMP Façade Improvement Program include roof repairs, structural foundation repairs, billboards, non-permanent fixtures (benches, outdoor portable furniture, etc.), interior window coverings, personal property and equipment and chain link fencing.
  • Landscape improvements and outdoor patios are eligible as long as they're tied to a building façade improvement.
  • Building permit costs are eligible expenses for the grant.
  • All work must comply with city, state and federal regulations and codes.
  • You will be responsible for getting any necessary regulatory approvals, including the City Planning Commission and Historic District Commission approval if it applies, a City of Detroit building permit and any other necessary permits.
  • You must be either a property owner or business lessee with written authorization of the property owner.
  • Façade Improvement funds cannot be used to correct outstanding code violations, for property damaged by collision, acts of nature or occurrences covered by insurance.
  • All contractors must be licensed by the State of Michigan. All contracts must be between the applicant and contractor.

EMP may make minor exceptions to the program guidelines, and reserves the right to prioritize applications due to funding availability. EMP has the sole authority to determine eligibility of proposed work and confirmation of completed work.

If You're Approved for a Grant

  1. Please review program requirements and guidelines.
  2. Select an architect and submit rehabilitation renderings and the project scope to EMP.
  3. Receive a Commitment Letter from EMP, which will state the amount EMP is committed to paying. (Grants range from $5,000-$25,000, but are typically $10,000 per facade.)
  4. Submit an I-9 Form.
  5. Obtain the necessary city permits for construction.
  6. Begin construction.
  7. Submit reimbursement requests after all work is complete.

Before disbursing any funds, we will review your reimbursement request to make sure it complies with the Letter of Commitment and that any necessary waivers are in place.

Contact us with any questions about applying for the Façade Improvement Program.

Welcome Center Hours

Stop in to ask a question, get maps and recipes, or present your Bridge Card to receive tokens accepted at many vendors under the sheds.

  • Saturday 6am-4pm (year-round)
  • Tuesday 9am-3pm (June-Sept.)
  • Sunday 10am-4pm (June-Sept.)

District shops and restaurants are open after shed hours. Check our directory for specifics.

1445 Adelaide, Detroit, MI 48207 (between Sheds 2 and 3)

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