Ventilation Upgrades are Part of Michigan’s $10K Safety Grant Program
Small businesses have been hit hard by COVID-19, with escalating costs to keep employees and customers safe. As many employers turn to technologies such as ultraviolet lighting to purify their air, Expert Lighting Group can assist companies applying for financial assistance or grants to upgrade their lighting or air flow systems.
The State of Michigan is offering COVID-19 Safety Grants that provide matching funds up to $10,000 to businesses that purchase health-related equipment or training to create a healthier work environment.
“We are hearing from employers across all industry sectors who are retrofitting their HVAC systems with choosing a customized ultravoilet solution as part of their overall safety plans,” said Eric Hansel, President of Expert Lighting Group and a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional. “This technology purifies the air as it is pushed through the facility which helps against COVID-19 but will also create a healthier environment during flu season.”
Michigan’s grant language specifically cites “equipment for isolation rooms or other upgrades to ventilation systems” as meeting the criteria. To be eligible, businesses must have fewer than 250 employees company-wide and come under MIOSHA’s jurisdiction. The grant period concludes August 7th, 2020 and grants are awarded until the funding is expended.
Other requirements include:
- Conducting a site-specific evaluation justifying the purchase.
Relating the project directly to improvements that reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for employees and communities.
Having the knowledge and experience to complete the project and be committed to its implementation.
Providing a copy of COVID-19 Safety Plan.
“Grantors just want to know that the funds they provide are making a tangible difference and delivering a return on investment,” Hansel said. “Expert Lighting Group’s audit of the facility can be implemented directly into the overall safety plan which helps demonstrate the expertise to complete the project and help reduce exposure to COVID-19.”