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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.

Hotel Grant Program

The COVID-19 Hotel Grant Program is currently accepting applications.

The COVID-19 Hotel Grant Program is a $3.5 million fund (estimate of allocated funds from the State of Maryland’s $50 million direct relief to hotels program) established to specifically aid Baltimore County hotels, motels and short-term rental properties that continue to have constraints during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Program

The program will award funds to Baltimore County accommodation-based entities, including hotels and motels with a minimum of 10 rooms, and short-term rentals with five or more rooms. The state is requiring that applicants be funded equally at $557.47 per room with a maximum of $55,747 per property.  

Reimbursement Terms 

Baltimore County will provide hotels funding equally, funding a standard rate of $557.47 per room. The awarded funding is intended to be allocated for working capital and normal operating costs such as:

  • Rent
  • Payroll
  • Job training
  • Taxes
  • Debt service
  • Utilities
  • Cleaning supplies and services
  • PPE equipment

Important Note: Funding is limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to apply immediately using the link below.

Use of Funds

Funds must only be used for working capital, such as:

  • Rent
  • Payroll
  • Utilities
  • Job training
  • Taxes
  • Debt services
  • PPE equipment
  • Cleaning services

Eligibility

To qualify a business must:

  • Be a for-profit entity located in Baltimore County, paying Sales and Use Tax and Local Hotel Tax
  • Have been in operation as of January 1, 2020
  • If currently closed, a business must be open to the public and operational by May 1, 2021
  • 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 to the County
  • Hotels and motels: Must have a minimum of 10 rooms
  • Short-term rentals: Must have a minimum of five rooms that have paid taxes
  • Hotels: Need to demonstrate a 25 percent loss during the time period of April through November 2020, as compared to the same time period of April through November 2019 (required by the state).

How to Apply

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
  • An application cannot be updated after submission. Once you click "Submit," your application will move through the review process.
  • An 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: 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 reimbursement funds from this program.

Accept the Terms and Conditions

Applicants must accept the terms and conditions below before applying.

Terms and Conditions

The COVID-19 Hotel Grant Program is a $3.5 million fund (estimate of allocated funds from the State of Maryland’s $50 million direct relief to hotels program) established to specifically aid Baltimore County hotels that continue to have restraints during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The County agrees to provide a hotel with funds in an amount not to exceed $55,747, to be used by the business for permitted uses and subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the grant agreement and availability of funds.

  • Business must be in good standing with the State of Maryland.
  • Business must be located in Baltimore County.
  • Applicant must submit an accurate and valid W-9. If the W-9 is not verified in the IRS database your business can not be funded.
  • Applicant must provide Baltimore County permission to edit or correct application for accuracy.
  • All grant recipients are subject to:
    • Audit of the use of funds.
    • Supply any and all documentation in an audit.
    • Repayment of funds if the grantee is determined to have not met the grant terms.
  • The Economic Development Revolving Finance Fund may be utilized to fund any grants that have not been funded prior to the cutoff date of December 30, 2020.

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 program, or the review and approval process.

For questions or to learn more, email COVIDBizRelief@baltimorecountymd.gov.

  
Revised February 16, 2021         

 

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