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Small Manufacturers Retooling

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Small Manufacturers Retooling

Manufacturing is the backbone of Michigan’s economy and vital to producing products critical to the protection of human health and other items essential during emergencies. Maintaining industrial operations is a priority during economic downturns and often critical during declared disasters. Unfortunately, small manufacturers suffer from limited resources and competing priorities to pursue meaningful energy opportunities. This is especially true for small manufacturers recovering from economic shocks or located in geographically challenging areas. Investing in process efficiency is important to sustaining a business. Improving process efficiency can increase units produced per hour which reduces the cost and energy input associated with production of each unit.


Jake Wilkinson

Eligibility Requirements

Any manufacturer located in Michigan with five hundred (500) or fewer employees worldwide is eligible to apply.  Applicant must be in good standing with the State of Michigan. 

Funding Amount

A minimum of $75,000 in funding is expected to be available for the program. All grant agreements require a minimum 100% match. The maximum funding amount is $25,000 per applicant. EGLE reserves the right to issue awards/award amounts reflecting program priorities. Expenditures incurred outside the executed grant agreement time period are ineligible.

Program Priorities

  • Manufacturers with significantly less than 500 employees worldwide
  • Improvements to the onsite manufacturing process
  • Utilizing state, federal, and utility energy assistance programs
  • Adoption of continuous improvement programs or practices
  • Adoption of innovative or cutting-edge technology
  • Activities with significant environmental and economic benefits
  • High value success stories of interest to many other manufacturers in Michigan

Reporting Obligations

Applicants agree to:

  • Monthly progress updates by phone with program manager as needed
  • Report impacts addressing potential energy and cost savings
  • Provide documentation of project expenditures (i.e. invoices and payments)
  • Submit payment request within 30 days of completing the project/activity
  • One-year follow-up survey on continued impacts of implemented project/activity


Application Posting Date

January 2023

Application Deadline

Until funds committed or May 31, 2023, whichever comes first

Start Date of Projects

Effective date of Grant Agreement (dependent on application date and approval process)

End Date of Projects

August 31, 2024

Deadline for Payment Submission

September 30, 2024

Application Documents