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Motor City Match grants go to businesses in New Center, Jefferson-Chalmers, and more

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This quarter’s Motor City Match awards span the neighborhoods across Detroit and include some businesses moving from the suburbs into the city. Thirteen businesses were approved for $600,000 in awards this round, many in commercial corridors near past MCM awardees.

Two of the grantees—Mac Galleries and Banner Sign Company—are long-time businesses using funding to expand into larger spaces. Mac Galleries, a family-operated frame business for 26 years, has operated in New Center and the Avenue of Fashion, and will expand their Livernois space to include a gallery. The 93-year-old Banner Sign Company is moving from a Hazel Park location into a Milwaukee Junction space.

This round’s awardees include some familiar faces, including the recently announced renovation of the Detroit City Fieldhouse and the renovation of this historic library on Gratiot. Owner Josh Kushnereit will move J.P. Kush & Associates insurance into the library, which will also include co-working space.

J.P. Kush & Associates, an insurance agency, will move from Troy into a historic library outside of Eastern Market.
Courtesy of Motor City Match

Grantees include:

  • Detroit River Sports: $65,000 (Jefferson-Chalmers)
  • Cooking with Que: $60,000 (New Center)
  • Mac Galleries: $60,000 (Avenue of Fashion)
  • Shears And Shaving: $55,000 (Avenue of Fashion)
  • Alma Kitchen: $50,000 (Jefferson-Chalmers)
  • Banner Sign Company: $45,000 (Milwaukee Junction)
  • Detroit City Fieldhouse: $40,000 (Islandview)
  • Grit and Glamour by Pink Pump: $40,000 (Tech Town)
  • Drizzle Dreams: $30,000 (Downtown)
  • Pink Poodle Dress Lounge: $25,000 (The Villages)
  • Ferne Boutique: $10,000 (New Center)

Building grants:

  • 3506 Gratiot, J.P. Kush & Associates: $60,000 (outside of Eastern Market)
  • 269 Walker, Pembury Holdings: $60,000 (East Riverfront)
Grit and Glamour, a women’s retail shop, has been located in Bloomfield Hills for 11 years, then went mobile, and now will open a new space on Woodward Avenue near Tech Town.
Courtesy of Motor City Match

Motor City Match, a program through the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, has awarded $5 million in matching grants to 113 Detroit business and building owners since 2015. They also offer assistance with business plans and design assistance.

More information, including application details and past winners, can be found here.