1. University Releases Guide For Nonprofits Seeking Public Assistance

    Mark Rivett posted April 24, 2020

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    A new resource guide developed by the University of Michigan’s Youth Policy Lab offers timely information for Michigan nonprofits providing emergency response services as a result of COVID-19.

    To support nonprofits who have stepped up to respond to this national emergency, the federal government recently authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide funding under its public assistance program to help nonprofit organizations recoup some of the increased costs they’re incurring as a result of emergency response efforts.

    Andrea Plevek, Executive Director, Youth Policy Lab

    “Nonprofits are busy keeping people safe, alive and fed right now, and many aren’t able to devote the substantial energy and time required to digest these dense, federal regulations,” said Andrea Plevek, executive director of the Youth Policy Lab.

    In close partnership with several other research centers at the Ford School, the Youth Policy Lab has launched the COVID-19 Consultant Corps to help respond to requests for assistance from public and nonprofit sector partners throughout Michigan.

  2. Poverty Solutions issues COVID-19 resource guide for Michiganders

    Mark Rivett posted March 31, 2020

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    A new Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide provides information on how to access various resources aimed at supporting Michiganders through the coronavirus pandemic and related economic slowdown.

    Poverty Solutions, a U-M initiative aimed at preventing and alleviating poverty, compiled the Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide to help people make sense of the new resources becoming available as a result of the rapidly changing federal, state and local responses to the coronavirus outbreak.

    H Luke Shaefer Director Poverty Solutions

    H Luke Shaefer Director Poverty Solutions

    “Responses to the coronavirus outbreak need to focus on taking care of our most vulnerable populations,” Shaefer said. “More needs are arising as this public health emergency continues and more and more consequences emerge.”

    Poverty Solutions faculty experts and staff have been active in advising on the economic response to the current crisis.

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  3. University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute Prepared for Economy Impacted by Pandemic

    Mark Rivett posted March 26, 2020

    The Economic Growth Institute has provided innovative economic development programming and applied research for almost 40 years, and are often called upon in times of economic distress. The Institute leverages the University of Michigan’s resources, research, technologies, and expertise to foster innovation and create positive economic impact for local, state, and national communities and economies by working with community leaders and small to medium-sized enterprises.

    Steven B. Wilson; Senior Research Program Officer, Director of Innovation Services and Associate Director of the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan

    “The Institute has a longstanding connection with the region’s small and medium-sized manufacturers and tech-based companies, which form a crucial part of the supply chain now and during recovery. This network serves as one important communication channel for announcing immediate needs during the critical times of healthcare delivery.”

    The Institute is adept at managing federal and state funded initiatives with effective programming that reaches businesses and communities. In response to the anticipated needs of an economy mobilizing to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute has expertise to support manufacturers, tech companies, and their communities to:

    • Connect with customers in need of supplies and products to address the pandemic, such as hospital masks, gowns, and other medical hardware.
    • Address challenges with a manufacturing shut-down and accelerate recovery when the pandemic is past.
    • Link with resources and information coming from state and federal government that can support small and medium-sized companies.
    • Help companies think about  and deploy new products they can develop and/or manufacture, either to address future health concerns, or to shore up new challenges to the manufacturing supply chain

    Enterprises that wish to connect with information and expertise should feel free to contact the EGI.

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