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$20,000 Grants will Fund COVID-Related Programming and Marketing Efforts

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced a $600,000 grant program designed to assist chambers of commerce and business associations in their missions to support businesses in their communities.

The grant program will fund initiatives that support local businesses by providing educational programming and marketing efforts to help sustain the viability of this important economic sector that has been hit especially hard by the pandemic.

“Our independent small businesses and our neighborhood business corridors are an important element of our local economy and they add to our overall sense of community,” said County Executive Olszewski. “These grant funds will quickly go where they are needed to provide critically-needed support to help our small businesses districts.”

The COVID-19 Business Corridor Sustainability Grant Program is narrowly focused on providing financial support to Baltimore County’s small business associations and chambers of commerce so that they can provide professional-level services to support member and nonmember businesses in their communities.

A total of $600,000 will be awarded to eligible applicants, capped at $20,000 per organization. Applicants will be required to submit a proposal that demonstrates how the organization plans to utilize these funds to support small businesses in Baltimore County by providing COVID-19 related services.

These grant funds will enable the County’s chambers and small business associations to pay staff or outside experts to conduct virtual educational programming on COVID-19 related recovery efforts such as accounting requirements for government assistance programs or negotiating forbearance agreements with landlords and financial institutions. Funds could also be used for marketing campaigns to help promote community patronage and support for local “Main Street” businesses.

Apply Now

Applications are open now and available.

Applicants must be 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

Baltimore County staff will review the application to ensure proper completion, and an inter-agency committee will be responsible for reviewing each application submitted to determine eligibility.

Grants Will Help Support Services Provided by Community-Based Organizations

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that local community-based organizations can now apply for grant funding to support critical services to Baltimore County residents as they weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant funds will come from the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, created in March to promote public health and support the County’s efforts to respond to this continuously evolving crisis.

“County government is working around the clock to respond to this crisis and meet the needs of our residents, but we know there’s even more that needs to be done,” Olszewski said. “Baltimore County is home to so many community-based organizations who are critical partners in our efforts, and these grants will help support the invaluable services they are providing to our neighbors during this challenging time.”

Since its establishment on March 31, more than 100 individual donors and larger philanthropies have contributed to the Emergency Response Fund, which is being managed by the Baltimore Community Foundation. Donations continue to be accepted at  

Beginning today, Tuesday, May 12, 501c3 organizations in good standing or organizations with a fiscal sponsor can submit online grant applications for up to $15,000 at

Successful applications will be primarily focused on short-to-mid-term needs facing Baltimore County communities, including:

  • Access to food and other home essentials (such as toiletries, diapers, cleaning supplies, non-prescription medications)
  • Assisting those affected by COVID-19 in areas such as:
    • Addressing the digital divide
    • Providing mental health services and resources
    • Providing food and other essentials (food pantries, student support)
    • Supporting survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking
    • Caring for vulnerable populations including seniors and those with disabilities
    • Providing services to underserved and minority communities and foreign-born individuals and families
    • Developing recreation programming and youth opportunities
    • Providing legal services
  • Support for:
    • Public Safety First Responders
    • Health Care Workers
    • “Economic and Community” First Responders (grocery store workers, delivery people, bus drivers)

The deadline for applications will be Tuesday, May 26 at 5 p.m. Awards will be announced in early June for this first round of applications. The number of future grant awards will depend on additional funds raised.

Plans to Expand Services to Support Growth at Tradepoint Atlantic

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Senator Chris Van Hollen today announced that the County has received a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) federal grant for $2.7 million to hire 28 new firefighters in 2020. The funds will support the Department’s expansion of services in Sparrows Point to support the growth at Tradepoint Atlantic. The County will provide $1.7 million in matching funds.

“Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our families and communities, and this new funding will go a long way toward supporting their mission and ensuring they can continue their exemplary service as our County grows,” Olszewski said. “I’m grateful to Senators Van Hollen and Cardin, and our entire delegation in Washington, for supporting our application for funds and for their continued partnership as we build a better Baltimore County.”

“Every day the men and women of the Baltimore County Fire Department put their lives on the line to keep our community safe. This funding will provide additional staff and resources to accomplish their mission. I was proud to join County Executive Olszewski in announcing this crucial funding today. I will keep working in the Senate to invest in our public safety and ensure our first responders have the tools they need,” said Senator Van Hollen.

Accommodating Residential and Economic Growth

The Baltimore County Fire Department plans to expand services at the Sparrows Point Fire Station in order to accommodate the residential and economic growth associated with the development at Tradepoint Atlantic and the surrounding area. The federal funds will support the salary and fringe benefits of 28 new firefighters who will be hired in anticipation of the growing needs of the Department.

The Department anticipates hiring the new firefighters in 2020. The SAFER grant program is administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and provides funds directly to fire departments to ensure they can maintain an adequate number of firefighters to effectively serve their communities.   

The Baltimore County Fire Department employs more than 1,000 paid emergency response personnel at 25 career stations. There are also 29 volunteer fire companies with more than 2,000 volunteers supporting them. Baltimore County firefighters and emergency medical technicians respond to more than 138,000 incidents each year.

Olszewski included a number of key investments in his first budget to support the work of the County’s firefighters, including funds to equip all career stations with commercial-grade washing machines to clean gear of carcinogens and other residue, and a total of $1.5 million for the volunteer fire company grant fund.

The County’s infrastructure deal with Tradepoint Atlantic, approved by the council last year, requires Tradepoint Atlantic to identify space onsite for the County to build a new fire station. Construction on a new station should begin by Fiscal Year 2022.

Revised September 11, 2017