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COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

Business Corridor Sustainability Grant Program

The COVID-19 Business Corridor Sustainability Grant (BCSG) Program is a $600,000 fund established to help Baltimore County-based chambers of commerce and business associations fund activities and services that will help support the sustainability of small businesses in their respective communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the following topics:

About the Program

The Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) will administer the COVID-19 BCSG Program, which will award grants of up to $20,000 each to Baltimore County-based business associations and chambers of commerce. Applicants will be required to submit an application and a proposal that demonstrates how the organization plans to utilize these funds to support small businesses in Baltimore County with COVID-19-related sustainability and recovery.

Grant funds will enable qualifying organizations to pay staff or outside experts to offer services and other support to member and nonmember businesses. Grant funds could be used to pay for virtual educational programming on business topics relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic, for localized marketing initiatives and for other related purposes deemed acceptable by the County upon review.   

Applications for this competitive grant program will be accepted through Monday, August 31, or when funds are fully expended.

Grant Terms 

Baltimore County will provide up to a maximum of $20,000 in reimbursement funds to approved chambers and business associations. Applicants must submit a narrative describing how funds will be used, including budgets and justification of related staff time; and the timeframe by which funds will be exhausted. The County will monitor the usage of grant funds, and recipients must provide receipts and documentation to DEWD detailing how grant funds were expended. If a chamber or business association permanently closes, the entire reimbursement amount must be returned to the County within 14 business days.

Use of Funds

Grant funds must be spent during the period of March 13, 2020 through December 30, 2020. Any funds not spent by December 30 must be returned to Baltimore County.

Funds may be used:

  • To pay staff or outside experts for programs and services provided to member and nonmember businesses in Baltimore County to assist those businesses in remaining viable during the pandemic, and to foster recovery from the pandemic. Such programs and services could include:
    • Educational programming on topics such as COVID-19 modifications and recovery efforts, accounting requirements for government assistance programs, negotiating forbearance agreements with landlords or financial institutions and other relevant topics
    • Marketing efforts to support local businesses
    • Other proposed projects and activities that directly support businesses within the applicant’s service area that are deemed by County staff to be acceptable expenses under the terms of this grant  
  • Only for those activities delineated by the applicant in their approved grant proposal, unless the grantee receives written approval for any changes from the County in advance of expending grant funds

Funds may not be used for:

  • Programs, services, activities or purchases not directly related to supporting business viability during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Any personal expenses—owner or employee
  • The purchase of food or beverages, including alcohol
  • Supplies or equipment, except in cases where these items directly support educational or marketing programming
  • Direct subsidies or grants to businesses, including the waiving of membership fees

Eligibility

A not-for-profit business association or chamber of commerce that:

  • Serves businesses located in Baltimore County
  • Has been in operation as of January 1, 2020
  • Has at least one paid staff member and provides an employee roster listing all employees as of January 31, 2020
  • Is registered and in good standing with the State of Maryland, if required to do so by law
  • Is not currently in default on any loans, or out of compliance with any grants from Baltimore County, or delinquent on any taxes owed to Baltimore County
  • Submits a complete and acceptable application and proposal by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 31.

Application Process

Before beginning your application, review the instructions carefully. Applications with errors or incorrect documents will delay processing of payments and may cause your application to be rejected. 

How to Apply

Email your completed BCSG Program application (PDF) and all required documents to BCSG@baltimorecountymd.gov by Monday, August 31 at 5 p.m.

Required Documents

Applicant must provide a completed application, signed under penalty of perjury that includes:

  • Completed grant agreement
  • Proposal that describes in detail how grant funds will be utilized, including budgetary information for each program or activity
  • W-9 (only list the number you file your business taxes under)
  • Articles of Incorporation/Formation/Organization and Bylaws/Operating Agreement, if applicable
  • Description of the geographic area that the organization serves
  • Description of the type of services the organization provides
  • List of board members

Review and Approval

Baltimore County staff will review the application to ensure proper completion, then an interagency committee will be responsible for reviewing each application submitted to determine application eligibility. If an incomplete application is received, the applicant will be notified of the issue and asked to submit additional information.

More Information

For questions, email BCSG@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 
Revised July 22, 2020         

 

Department of Economic and Workforce Development

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