University of Michigan – Economic Growth Institute

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

University of Michigan – Economic Growth Institute

Ann Arbor, MI 48104


What is the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program and what does it do?
DMAP was launched in 2014, prior to which it was determined that creating a program to help businesses and communities impacted by changes in defense contracts would help in maintaining national security. The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program, or DMAP (Dee-Map) as we like to call it, is a program that assists defense-oriented communities and businesses that have been impacted by defense downsizing, to stabilize, diversify and prosper. The University of Michigan spearheaded this program, and contracted out two other universities, The Ohio State University and Purdue University. You can find some more information about DMAP here.

Who runs and manages DMAP?
At the Economic Growth Institute, Larry Molnar is the Principal Investigator and Megan Reichert is DMAP’s Program Director. The team consists of several Project Managers who work with companies and communities to fulfill DMAP’s objectives. To learn more about our team, please click here.

I am just perplexed with the many abbreviations I see on this site. Where can I find a list of all acronyms?
We get it – there are just so many acronyms! This page should help!

How was the DMAP Community Assistance Process developed?
The DMAP Community Assistance process was an amalgamation of various resources. We began with a review of DOD-OEA resources, then reviewed and applied best practices from successful community economic development engagement project and programs, and a literature search. We have evaluated university and community administration processes and cultures as well.

I understand you work with firms based in MI, OH or IN. My company is a smaller business unit based in Michigan with headquarters outside of Michigan. Would we still qualify?
Yes, absolutely! DMAP’s criteria requires that the firm that would be a DMAP client be located in Michigan, Ohio, or Indiana regardless of the corporate structure that may sometimes have the client’s parent company located outside of one of these states. Moreover, this parent company may be located anywhere outside Michigan, Indiana, or Ohio.

How do I know if I qualify for DMAP?
If you are a defense contractor, please visit this page
If you are a community, please visit this page

How do we determine whether a community is defense dependent?
We analyze defense-dependent companies and track their geography, track the reduction of awarded grants through various government sources, research community defense-downturn events through media sources, and through self-identification by communities themselves. Whether or not a community is defense dependent is determined through a thorough community intake and screening process that includes proactive research, site visits, and thoughtful analysis of information.

I am already receiving technical and financial assistance from another program. Will I still be considered for DMAP?
DMAP is happy to evaluate your business/ community for the program based solely on its eligibility criteria. Receiving assistance from other programs need not affect your eligibility; however, we do want to ensure that there is no redundancy or repeated work.

My business was a DMAP participant previously but we were unable to commit to projects at that time. However, we feel we are now ready.  Will DMAP re-consider our application to the program?
Yes, DMAP will re-consider your candidacy and application. Please reach out to us here to schedule some time for a discussion.

Does DMAP provide services to manufacturing and services firms which are not defense-oriented?
No, DMAP can only evaluate and serve firms that have had defense contracts in the past 2-4 years. However, other Federal agencies, such as the Small Business Administration, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, and the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration may have assistance programs for such firms.

How do I submit an application?
Please click here. It will take you only a couple of minutes to complete this form!

Is there a deadline for application to DMAP?
No, there is no deadline for applying to DMAP. DMAP evaluates and accepts candidates on a rolling basis subject to availability of funds.

Do I need a referral from another program or a customer to apply?
No, you do not require a referral to apply to or participate in DMAP.

Do I need to pay an application fee?
There is no application fee for applying to DMAP.

How long will it take you to process our application?
Timelines vary, but in general you can expect a communication in 1-5 business days after we receive your application.

How much input will be expected of me once my organization is admitted to DMAP?
DMAP’s experienced project managers will work closely with you and ensure your time is well-utilized. However, for real progress, we will require your interest and inputs on an ongoing basis, depending on the task being performed (work on Advisory Plan or projects). You should think of your engagement with DMAP as engagement with a consultant and plan to devote the time, resources, and collaborative spirit you would put into making such an engagement a success.

How is DMAP funded?
DMAP is funded by the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation also contributes to DMAP.

Do I need to make some monetary contribution to be a part of DMAP?
Should DMAP identify suitable projects for your company, you would need to match funds with DMAP to execute the project(s). At least $25,000 in DMAP funds are available for companies, and more may be available in tranches, depending on our evaluation.

For communities, there is no requirement to match funds, and DMAP will be able to fund the project entirely at a not-to-exceed cost of $25,000.

Is a matching requirement for funds mandatory?
For companies, yes, a commitment to match funds is required. The match ratio may vary, depending on a number of factors. The most typical scenario is a 50:50 ratio (50% DMAP, 50% company), but, in special circumstances, up to a 90:10 ratio is possible (90% DMAP, 10% company). For communities, matching funds are not a requirement to be admitted into the program, however, a community may put up funds for a larger project if desired.

What is the funds limit for a company? Is there an upper limit?
DMAP company clients receive funds initially up to $25,000, and yes, there is an upper limit of $100,000. Not all clients will receive a $100,000 in DMAP funds, but all clients are allocated at least $25,000. All subsequent funds allocated will be in tranches of $25,000, and will cap out at a maximum of $100,000.

Can DMAP help me purchase a CNC machine or any office or production equipment? Can I use funds for salaries, overhead, etc.? Unfortunately, DMAP cannot help you purchase a CNC machine or production equipment, or use its funds to pay for salaries or overhead. DMAP’s funds are to be used for activities that are only for development purposes. only be used for capacity-building, diversification, and technology commercialization activities, i.e., analysis and training that build knowledge, networks, and know-how. For a list of the kinds of projects we fund, please check here for company projects, and here for community projects. In addition, DMAP cannot pay or contract out a project to a client’s employee.

Can DMAP reimburse me for an ongoing project or for equipment planned to be purchased?
Unfortunately, DMAP cannot reimburse a client retroactively to fund a project already under way. DMAP can only co-fund projects that begin after you become a DMAP client.

How do I know my firm’s confidential information will be protected?
All firms sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) as a condition of acceptance into the program. This NDA protects the firm by ensuring that its university DMAP partner cannot divulge any information shared with it, even if an outside party lodges a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the university.

My firm is closely held and my management is unwilling to share financial statements with DMAP. Can I still join the program?
Unfortunately, you may be unable to join DMAP if you are unwilling to share financial statements with DMAP. Transparency into financials and other information documenting the impact of changes in defense contracts is essential to evaluate a firm’s financial health (one component of eligibility), substantiate the impact defense spending has had, and comply with the terms of the funding grants which allow us to offer the DMAP program. All firms sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) as a condition of acceptance into the program, and DMAP ensures utmost confidentiality is maintained.