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Local Officials Seek Financial Help from President Trump, Congress

Local municipal leaders representing communities of all shapes and sizes from throughout Michigan sent a letter to President Trump and Michigan's Congressional delegation this week seeking direct funding to communities battling the coronavirus. The 18-member Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees asked for support of $375 billion in direct flexible aid for communities of all sizes. You can view the letter here. League members are also encouraged to send letters to the President and Congress and several dozen have already done so. Tune in to Monday Morning Live on Aug. 10 for a federal update from National League of Cities' Angelina Panettieri. Read more.

Flint's Monica Galloway Receives the League's Ambassador Award

The Michigan Municipal League honored Flint City Council President Monica Galloway with our Ambassador Award for exemplary service. Galloway received the recognition in conjunction with a tribute video. The Ambassador Award is given to League members who successfully complete all four levels of the League's Elected Officials Academy program. Read more.

Webinars to Cover Essential Coronavirus-Related & Other Topics

The League has developed a variety of webinars related to COVID-19 and other current topics. Upcoming webinars include Monday Morning Live (8/10, 12pm), and Treasury COVID19 Updates for Local Governments (8/12, 2pm) . After the webinars air, they are available in a variety of formats on our Coronavirus Resources page.

MML Foundation Launches Bridge Builders Microgrant Program

The MML Foundation launched a new microgrant program designed to support positive individual action, by citizens, in their local community. The Bridge Builders microgrant program offers six microgrants of to $500 each. Apply from now to Aug. 14. Read more.

CARES Act Application Deadline Extended to Aug. 7

Gov. Whitmer has made some changes to the previous CARES funded programs for local units. The application deadline for the public safety/public heath payroll reimbursement program has been extended until this Friday, Aug. 7 and public safety authorities may now be eligible. Read more.

Aid to America's Hometowns Left Out of Senate Proposal

The Senate proposal for the next coronavirus relief package, the HEALS Act, does not include additional funds for state and local governments. We can't let it reach the President's desk without providing aid directly to cities, towns, and villages. Read more.

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