The mission of the LDFA is to form viable companies that create jobs and business opportunities within the Cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan and to increase the tax base within the geographic boundaries of the LDFA. This is accomplished through the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Smart Zone by fostering the development of high tech enterprises through commercialization of technological innovations and the establishment of new firms through incubators, entrepreneurial education and business acceleration mentoring.
The LDFA has estabished a grant program to advance the Smart Zone's five strategic priorities:
• High-tech company friendly infrastructure
• Connected high-tech ecosystem
• Promote region
• High-tech company creation and growth
• Talent and workforce investment
The deadline for a grant application's requesting $100,000 or more of funding is 5 p.m. on the first Friday of October. Grants less than $100,000 are accepted througout the year.
Application and Guidelines
Grant Application and Guidelines