Economic Development Dollars
Available for Your Business growth
Michigan Fitness Association is pleased to offer the MFA Health and Wellness Enhancement Grant to qualified fitness businesses. The grant is from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for Michigan-based fitness businesses to promote health and wellness in their communities.
Grant applicants must meet the qualifications for membership with the MFA, but do not currently have to be a member. All grant applications must be completed by midnight EST, December 31, 2023.
The process to apply for the MFA Health and Wellness Enhancement Grant:
- All for profit fitness facilities, boutiques, and gyms in the State of Michigan can apply for the grant if they meet the MFA’s requirements for membership. View membership qualifications
- Grant Evaluations take place in the first quarter of 2024
- Grant money will be received in mid-2024 and beyond. Any business selected to receive the grant will also receive 3 years of membership to the Michigan Fitness Association.
For further documentation on the MFA Health & Wellness Enhancement Grant, view page 142 Sub section (68) of the Public Acts of 2022 Approved by the Governor. And the Documentation provided by the MEDC and signed by the MFA Board on February 9, 2023 stating the grant’s purpose and case number.
Frequently Asked Questions
Heard about the $8.5 million grant to help Michigan fitness businesses?
What is the grant?
The $8.5 million Michigan Fitness Association Health and Wellness Enhancement Grant is from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to assist Michigan-based fitness businesses in promoting health and wellness in their communities.
Who can apply for the grant?
Any for profit fitness business in Michigan who otherwise meets the criteria for Michigan Fitness Association (MFA) membership as defined by our membership qualifications.
How do I become an MFA member?
Your fitness business must qualify to become an MFA member by meeting the standards outlined in the MFA Bylaws.
Why is this grant being offered?
The purpose of the MFA Health and Wellness Enhancement Grant is to support Michigan-based fitness businesses’ efforts to promote health and wellness initiatives in their communities.
When can I apply for the grant?
Applications are being accepted through December 31, 2023, via the MFA website.
If I qualify for the grant, when do I receive the funds?
The MFA board will review grant applications in the first quarter of 2024. Distribution of grant funds will start mid-year 2024 and continue through 2025.
What is the Michigan Fitness Association
Who – a statewide, nonprofit organization representing fitness groups throughout Michigan
Why – MFA Mission: To unite, protect, and promote the interests of health and fitness businesses in the State of Michigan.
MFA Vision: We vigorously advocate for, educate, and empower fitness professionals to ensure we are recognized as an essential provider in the healthcare delivery system.
Where – MFA is working throughout the state of Michigan to support the industry through advocacy, networking, and helping members expand their businesses to support their communities with health and wellness initiatives!
How – By providing Michigan fitness businesses with a voice in the state, MFA works to secure partnerships with organizations and legislatures to provide benefits and resources for members. This supports their promotional efforts to facilitate health and wellness initiatives in their communities as important healthcare partners.
How will you use your grant dollars?
Not sure? Here are some ideas:
Are there programs that you have wanted to start in your center that you have not had the funding to do?
What equipment do you need/want to enhance your facility?
What training, certifications, or professional development have you desired but could never afford?
Markets and Demographics
What Marketing efforts could you expand with the grant funds?
The possibilities for the use of your economic development dollars are only limited by your imagination.