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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 Reimbursement Grant Program

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The Small Business COVID-19 Reimbursement Grant Program is a $3 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 Small Business COVID-19 Reimbursement Grant Program, which will award grants of up to $10,000 each to approximately 300 Baltimore County-based small businesses. A goal of the program is to provide reimbursable funding specifically for capital expenditures, furniture, fixtures, equipment and cleaning-disinfecting services necessary to operate a business safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding priority may be given to businesses that have been unable to operate or are operating at a significantly reduced capacity. All submitted applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. The County will reimburse qualifying expenses via 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 $10,000 in reimbursement funds to a small business that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If a business permanently closes, the entire reimbursement amount must be returned to the County within 14 business days.

Use of Funds

Funds must only be used to reimburse the grantee for expenses already incurred for capital expenditures, furniture, fixtures, equipment and cleaning-disinfecting services necessary to operate a business safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds may not be used for any personal expenses—owner or employee—or standard operating costs, single-use disposable PPE equipment or supplies, etc.


To qualify, small businesses must:

  • Be a for-profit entity that was forced to substantially curtail or cease operations due to COVID-19
  • Employ at least two, non-owner, full-time employees (can be W-2 or 1099)
  • Have no more than 25 full-time employees (there is no limit on the number of part-time employees)
  • Have been in operation prior to January 1, 2020
  • Provide an employee roster listing all full-time employees as of January 31
  • Demonstrate that they have substantially curtailed or ceased operations since the Maryland Stay-at-Home Order (PDF) began on March 13, 2020
  • Provide legible and itemized paid receipts or other documentation of qualifying capital improvements, furniture, fixtures, equipment and cleaning-disinfecting services. Credit card statements or account summaries are not eligible as a receipt.
  • Upload the completed Purchase Log (PDF) with your application 
  • If the business closed because of the pandemic, provide the date the business closed and the date the business reopened, or if not yet reopened, the anticipated date of reopening
  • Be in good standing with the State of Maryland, via the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT), and registered with the state, if required to do so by law
  • Not currently be in default on any loans from the County or delinquent on any taxes owed the County

How to Apply

The application will be available on Wednesday, July 15, at 9 a.m. 

Read thoroughly before beginning your application to avoid potential issues. 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 it once it has been 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, the system will not allow them 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 ensure a fair and transparent application review process, Baltimore County staff are not permitted to provide individual responses to questions about the grant program or the review and approval process.

To learn more, review the Frequently Asked Questions or email

Revised July 28, 2020         


Department of Economic and Workforce Development

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