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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 Restaurant Grant Program

As of Friday, February 5, this application period has ended due to an overwhelming response. Thank you for your patience as we review the submitted applications.

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The COVID-19 Small Business Restaurant Grant Program (SBRGP) is a $7 million fund (estimate of allocated funds from the State of Maryland’s $50 million direct restaurant relief grant program) established to specifically aid Baltimore County restaurants and food service establishments that have never applied for a County grant or participated in a reimbursement program,and continue to have capacity restraints during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Program

The SBRGP will award a maximum of $30,000 each to as many as 165 County-based restaurants or food service establishments.

Funding priority may be given to establishments that have been unable to operate or operating at a significantly reduced capacity. All applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. The County will fund these establishments through Baltimore County’s share of the Maryland’s $50 million restaurant grant relief program.

Reimbursement Terms 

Baltimore County will provide a maximum of $30,000 in grant funds to a restaurant or food service establishment (to include food trucks) that have never applied for Baltimore County COVID-19 Small Business funding. The awarded funding is intended to defray their capital costs associated with purchasing items and equipment to facilitate operation during the colder months ahead.

Important Note: Funding is extremely limited and will be distributed on a first- come, first-served basis. The application process is expected to close quickly once funds are exhausted. 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
  • Food inventory
  • Job training
  • Purchase of equipment and services to expand outdoor dining, such as:
    • Tents
    • Heaters
    • Warmers
    • Carts
    • Infrastructure improvements, such as HVAC system upgrades and technology to support carryout

Eligibility

To qualify:

  • The business must not have been approved for the Small Business Restaurant Grant Program in November-December 2020 (if you were already approved for a grant with a unique ID code starting with “S,” you have received the maximum grant amount allowed and are not eligible for this round). 
  • You must be the owner of a for-profit restaurant or food service establishment located in Baltimore County (includes food truck operators, catering establishments, farm stands, etc.)
  • Be in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) and registered with the state, if required to do so by law.
  • You are not currently in default on any loans from the County, or delinquent on any taxes owed to the County.
  • The business must have been in operation as of January 1, 2020.
  • If the business closed because of the pandemic, you must provide the date the business closed and the date the business reopened. If not yet reopened, you must provide the anticipated date of reopening.

How to Apply

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  • 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: 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 Small Business Restaurant Grant Program (SBRGP) is a $7 million fund (estimate of allocated funds from  the State of Maryland’s $50 million direct restaurant relief grant program) established to specifically aid County restaurants and food service establishments that have never applied for a County grant or reimbursement program and continue to have capacity restraints during the COVID pandemic. The SBRGP will award a maximum of $30,000 each to County-based restaurants or food service establishments.

The County agrees to provide a restaurant or food establishment business with funds in an amount not to exceed $30,000, to be used by the business for permitted uses and subject to the terms and conditions set for 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.
  • Business must be a restaurant or food service establishment.
  • 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.

Restaurant and food service businesses are not able to apply for SBGRP funding if they have applied for previous Baltimore County Small Business COVID-19 funding.

 

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 5, 2021         

 

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