MICHIGAN — Michigan is using $25 million in CARES Act funding to provide personal protective equipment to medical facilities and fire responders, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced.
The grant will assist facilities facing increased costs for PPE as they provide services to Michiganders during the coronavirus pandemic. This grant program is funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“Our frontline workers put their lives on the line every day to save lives and protect us from COVID-19, and it’s crucial that we continue to ensure their access to personal protective equipment,” Michigan Gov. Whitmer said in a statement. “This grant program will put CARES Act dollars to use and help us protect our brave frontline workers, their patients, and their families from the spread of this virus.
“This is a good start, but we still need the president, Mitch McConnell, and the U.S. Senate to do the right thing and pass a bipartisan relief package that provides support for our families, frontline workers, and small businesses.”
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The Michigan PPE Grant Program provides funds to eligible Michigan health and human services providers to cover costs for up to 90 days of PPE for frontline employees.
Grant awards of up to $250,000 will be made based on the number of client-facing workers at each facility.
“Michigan’s providers are on the front lines every day, delivering essential health care services and caring for our loved ones,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “This grant program helps ease the financial burden of buying PPE, ensuring all facilities can afford the supplies they need to keep themselves and their patients safe.”
Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, Sept. 8. The application is available on the Michigan PPE Grant Program webpage.