Oakland County and United Way for Southeastern Michigan are pleased to announce the Oakland Together COVID Relief Microgrant Initiative. Eligible residents in Oakland County can apply for a $500 microgrant to cover necessary expenses or gaps in income resulting from the economic repercussions of COVID-19.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Oakland County and United Way for Southeastern Michigan are committed to ensuring that our region’s most vulnerable families have the support they need to weather the short- and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. When faced with a gap in income, families already structurally underemployed or living paycheck to paycheck face impossible choices between keeping up with rent and essential utilities and keeping food on the table. The Oakland Together COVID Relief Microgrant Initiative will provide flexible microgrants that families can use to pay for whatever expenses are most urgent for them – like paying for rent and utilities, keeping food on the table, catching up on overdue bills or buying a basic laptop so their children can attend school virtually. This initiative will provide nearly $2 million in direct funding support to Oakland County residents struggling to make ends meet as the pandemic and its economic impacts continue.

Click here to watch a webinar about this program.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Applicants must:

Applicants must be experiencing a financial hardship brought on by COVID-19 or the economic impacts of COVID-19. Applicants meet one of the following criteria:

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must apply online through the application portal provided by our partner Family Independence Initiatives. Applicants will need to provide the following information:

HOW WILL RECIPIENTS RECEIVE THEIR FUNDS?

Funds will be issued via direct deposit to the applicant’s existing bank account or prepaid card account.  If the applicant does not have a bank or prepaid card account, there is an option to receive funds via physical or digital gift card.

HOW CAN COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS HELP?

Community organizations serve as trusted links within the community. Please help us get the word out to community members who are most in need. Please share this flyer directly with individuals who could benefit from this opportunity.

We have made every effort to ensure that the online application process is as simple as possible and can be completed from a computer or a mobile device. However, we know that some individuals with limited digital literacy may encounter difficulty with the application. As trusted community organizations, those individuals may come to you for help with the application. Please use this resource to support members of your community in the application process.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can multiple individuals within the same residence apply for an emergency grant?

Generally, no. Microgrants are limited to one per household. For special circumstances (e.g. individuals living in a homeless shelter or other congregate housing), please contact OaklandMicrogrants@UnitedWaySEM.org.

Can I use this funding to pay for back bills?

Yes. Microgrants are flexible and can be used to cover necessary expenses or catch up on unpaid bills.

Can I provide another individual’s bank account information to receive my microgrant?
No. If the applicant does not have or does not wish to use a bank or prepaid card account, there is an option to receive funds via physical or digital gift card.

Have additional questions? Email OaklandMicrogrants@UnitedWaySEM.org