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Oakland County offering grants to businesses making PPE for frontline workers

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Posted at 4:24 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 16:57:15-04

OAKLAND CO., Mich. (WXYZ) — Oakland County officials announced Thursday that companies that have shifted normal production to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline workers during the coronavirus crisis can apply for grants from a $700,000 county fund.

“We know this is a critical time for our health care professionals and first responders who are
desperately short of needed protective equipment but continue to risk their lives helping save others
during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Oakland County Executive David Coulter. “We also know there is incredible manufacturing might in our county and these companies want to answer the call. This grant will help them respond to this crisis while infusing them with a boost to move quickly.”

The "Saving Business, Saving Lives" grant will provide immediate capital for Oakland County companies, allowing for an increase in the manufacturing in much needed PPE during this health crisis.

Eligible use of funds includes:

- Procuring necessary equipment to manufacture supplies
- Logistics, shipping, technology upgrades
- Other costs related to operationalizing new product lines.

Interested companies can apply here.

Oakland County has more than 500 businesses that are clothing and sewing manufacturers, plastics and 3D printing and automotive and paint suppliers.

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