The Regional Resiliency Program


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About the RRP

These are extraordinary and threatening times. Venture North created the Regional Resiliency Program to help Michigan businesses navigate COVID-19. The fund awards small grants to Lower Northwest Michigan businesses that have fewer than nine employees.


Since the initial $200,000 from the Consumers Energy Foundation, the RRP has distributed over $500,000 to nearly 200 small businesses. Further donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals will help provide our community with the resources it needs.

How the Regional Resiliency Fund is
helping local businesses
in Northwest Lower Michigan
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Applications Expected to Open Spring 2021

Do you own a business with nine (9) or fewer employees? Is it located in our 10-County Service Area? Are you struggling with financial difficulties brought on by the challenges of COVID-19? If you answered "yes" to all three of these questions, please fill out the form at the link below to provide your contact information and we will notify you when future grant funding rounds are available. 

Join Us to Help Save Local Businesses

Giving to the Regional Resiliency Program is easy and donations of all sizes make a meaningful difference to the businesses in our region. We are currently gathering funds in preparation for new grant offerings in early 2021. All donations are fully tax-deductible.  


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"Dealing with and adapting to the pandemic, Allen said, the store hasn’t 'really missed a beat.' And that’s resonated with patrons. 'Families are just really grateful that they’re able to have a fairly normal experience with their kids,' she said.'"


–Paula Allen 

In The Media

Learn more about the behind-the-scenes of the Regional Resiliency Program process, funding, and businesses. Below you will find access to both Venture North press releases and recent news stories. 

Grants Awarded

We are pleased to share the list of nearly 200 business awarded an RRP grant during 2020 and look forward to another 200 businesses being awarded in 2021.

Click the button below to see the complete list.

Thank You to our Supporters!