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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.

Small Business Emergency Relief Grants Program

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The COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grants Program is a $10 million fund established to help Baltimore County’s small businesses harmed by 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 Small Business Emergency Relief Grants Program, which will award grants of up to $15,000 each to more than 650 Baltimore County-based small businesses. A goal of the program is to award at least 25 percent of grant funding to women and minority-owned businesses (WBE-MBE), and these businesses will be given funding priority. Funding priority may be given to businesses that have been unable to operate or are operating at a significantly reduced capacity. The remainder of completed applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. The County will fund these Small Business Emergency Relief Grants through the Economic Development Revolving Financing Fund and intends to pursue emergency disaster reimbursement from the federal government. 

Grant Terms 

Baltimore County will provide up to a maximum of $15,000 in emergency grant funds to a small business that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If a business fails to reopen, the entire grant award shall be returned to the County within 14 business days.

Use of Funds

  • Funds may only be used for payroll, operating expenses, business lease or rent payments, and inventory acquisition vital to the business
  • At least 30 percent of the funds must be used to support payroll for employees who are not owners or part-owners
  • Funds may not be used for capital improvements
  • Funds may not be used for any personal expenses—owner or employee

Generally speaking, a for-profit business with at least two non-owner employees that has not obtained other forms of federal or state COVID-19 assistance at the time of application will qualify if it can demonstrate a loss of revenue of at least 40 percent since the beginning of the Maryland shutdown. Specific criteria can be found below.

To qualify, small businesses must:

  • Be a for-profit entity
  • Provide an employee roster listing all employees as of January 31
  • Demonstrate that they have lost at least 40 percent of their revenues since the Maryland Stay-at-Home Order (PDF) began on March 30 
  • Certify that they have not received other forms of federal or state COVID-19 assistance or relief at the time of application
  • Employ at least two employees (W-2 or 1099) who are not owners or part-owners
  • Employ no more than 25 employees per Baltimore County establishment
  • Have been in operation for at least one year as of January 1, 2020
  • Be in good standing with the State of Maryland, and registered with the state, if required to do so by law
  • Not currently be in default on any loans from Baltimore County or delinquent on any taxes owed Baltimore County

How to Apply

For optimal performance, complete the application using the latest version of Chrome, Edge or Firefox.

  • Applicants must save at each section of the application.
  • Applicants must scroll back to the top of the application to submit their application, once they have completed.
  • Your application cannot be updated after submission. Once you click "Submit," your application will move through the review process.
  • Your application will be rejected without further review if the application is not signed by a person with authority to bind your business.

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Important Note: If an applicant does not meet all eligibility requirements (shown above), the applicant will not be able to submit an application. Applicants need to ensure the accuracy of their W-9 and business name when completing their application. The W-9 will be rejected if it includes both the Social Security Number and the EIN. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application may preclude you from being awarded grant funds from this program. 


Review and Approval

Applicants will receive email notifications upon receipt of their application, as well as throughout the review and approval process.

If an incomplete application is received, the applicant will be notified of the issue and asked to resubmit within 48 hours of notification. The applicant’s place in the queue will not be saved as other completed applications will continue moving forward.

More Information

If you need assistance with assessing your eligibility or compiling the needed documents for your application, we advise that you first consult with your financial or legal advisers.

To learn more, review the Frequently Asked Questions or email

Revised May 20, 2020         


Department of Economic and Workforce Development

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