Show Me Strong Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Retooling Program

The purpose of the Show Me Strong Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Retooling Program under section 601(a) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) is to provide grant funding to manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, and other entities to reimburse certain costs for retooling existing facilities by purchasing necessary equipment and services to manufacture critically needed PPE for use in Missouri. This grant funding will assist entities with creating new business while contributing to the fight against the current COVID-19 public health emergency.

Applications for the PPE Retooling Program have closed.

The department has received applications exceeding the amount of funding available. At this time, we are no longer accepting new applications, and have begun reviewing the applications we have received to ensure they meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

We encourage you to look through the Missouri Recovery Lab for other helpful resources and funding opportunities.

Information on the Show Me Strong Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Retooling Program – Nitrile Gloves is now available.

Grant Program Parameters

  • The grant program is statewide.
  • The number of grants per applicant is limited to 1.
  • Total grant funds is $20M.
  • Must incur/have incurred costs between March 1, 2020 and December 1, 2020.
  • DED will require a project impact report by July 1, 2021.
  • Grant amount up to $500,000 per facility for the production of PPE in the Tier 1 category and up to $300,000 per facility for the production of PPE in the Tier 2 category.
  • Application review will consider eligibility of costs, proposed plan to produce PPE and manufacturing capacity, adherence of PPE specifications and ability to use the funds timely, and availability of funds.
  • Up to 20% of available funding may be reserved for manufacturers with fewer than 25 employees and registered nonprofits.
  • Upon notification of award, the applicant must enter into a program agreement with DED outlining program details, requirements, and state and federal terms and conditions; and execute a company certification.


Program guidelines, application, and supporting materials can be downloaded below. For additional resources on PPE, visit the Department of Health and Senior Services' website here.

For questions or more information, contact Melanie Wankum at

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Eligibility requirements: 

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a grant award:

  1. The applicant can be for-profit or not-for-profit.
  2. The applicant must have 500 full-time employees or fewer and have been operating in Missouri for at least three years. Full-time employee means a person who is scheduled to work 35 or more hours per week.
  3. The applicant’s PPE end product must be produced at a Missouri facility.
  4. The applicant must be:
  • An existing manufacturer that either has retooled or is planning to retool its facility or otherwise modify its manufacturing operation to produce at least one type of PPE identified in these guidelines; or
  • An existing or new manufacturer with a new line established for the purpose of producing at least one type of PPE identified in these guidelines; or
  • A nonprofit corporation that has undertaken or will undertake activities necessary to manufacture at least one type of PPE identified in these guidelines.
  1. The applicant must be registered and in good standing with the Missouri Secretary of State and receive tax clearance from the Missouri Department of Revenue.
  2. The applicant must register as a vendor with the State of Missouri through the MissouriBUYS web portal.
  3. The applicant must agree to make good faith efforts to sell in Missouri the PPE produced as a result of this grant program. At a minimum, the applicant must register and post its product on Missouri’s PPE Marketplace, an online platform designed to match healthcare providers to suppliers of PPE and other medical supplies, before seeking buyers outside of the state.
  4. The applicant must complete and submit Form 943 to obtain a tax clearance certificate (valid for 90 days) from the Missouri Department of Revenue for each owner and the business. Form 943 is at
  5. The applicant must not employ illegal workers and must provide proof of enrollment in E-Verify.
  6. Applicants must share their production plan and product specifications with DED and authorize DED to share it with other agencies or entities as indicated to be considered for funding under this program.
  7. The applicant must produce PPE item(s) approved as part of the project through June 30, 2021.
  8. The applicant will be required to submit a project impact report due to DED on July 1, 2021.


Eligibile Expenses: 

Eligible expenses include necessary costs incurred for PPE manufacturing to respond to the current COVID-19 public health emergency, including:

  • retooling a facility;
  • purchasing equipment;
  • constructing facilities;
  • complying with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements;
  • building costs;
  • design/engineering costs;
  • technological upgrades for machinery; and
  • other costs as approved by DED and as reasonably necessary to increase production of needed PPE.
  • Only reasonable costs for professional services will be accepted under the program with the reimbursement of such services at DED’s discretion.
  • Expenses that have been or will be reimbursed by insurance or under any other federal, state, or local government-funding program will be ineligible.


Program timeline:

July 14, 2020 | Announcement of Program, Guidelines and Application made available
July 14 – December 1, 2020 | Application submission period
December 1, 2020 | Date by which all expenditure and reimbursement documentation must be submitted to DED
December 30, 2020 | All funds must be expended by State
July 1, 2021 | Project Impact Report due to DED

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