In an effort to bolster the fight against COVID-19, Massachusetts has created the Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT). The Team will be issuing grants to certain qualified companies to enhance their production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required by healthcare workers within the Commonwealth. Here is what interested companies need to know:
The Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team is made up of members from academia, industry, and government. Members include The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), MIT, MIT Lincoln Labs, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), and industry partners. Others that are interested in joining the effort may submit a request here.
To increase the manufacturing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required by healthcare workers in their fight against COVID-19 within Massachusetts. See below for priority PPE items as of 4/17/2020:
Over $9M in funding is being administered by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, and Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for production of this equipment. Companies can apply for grants ranging from $200,000 to $2M.
An additional $1M in funding will also be available for workforce training grants and will be provided at up to $80,000 per company.
Reasonableness: The funding amount is reasonable related to the production increase being promised. Companies providing matching funds will be prioritized
Legitimacy: Companies will be reviewed for their ability to fulfill the production being promised
Items: What items is the company offering to produce in relation to the priority list
Amount: Companies offering to produce larger volumes of PPE will be given priority
Timeline: Shorter timeframes until production will be given priority
Applications can be submitted online here. Applications are being reviewed weekly on a rolling basis.
For assistance with this program or any other program, please contact a member of Withum’s professional team.