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County to Provide $3 Million in Reimbursement Funding for Improvements, Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment to Help Service Sector Businesses Protect Health of Employees and Patrons

In the latest effort to support Baltimore County’s small businesses, County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the Small Business COVID-19 Reimbursement Grant Program, a $3 million grant fund to reimburse service industry businesses for investments in critical improvements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of employees and patrons.

“Baltimore County’s service industry is a critical link of our local economy and we must do whatever we can to be a strong partner in their recovery,” said County Executive Olszewski. “These establishments have had to quickly adapt to new ways of doing business and we’re proud to offer these new funds to help support their efforts to keep visitors and employees safe.”

Through the program, the County will offer grants of up to $10,000 to reimburse Baltimore County-based service industry businesses that had to limit or cease indoor operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic for investments in capital improvements or the purchase of furniture, fixtures and equipment to protect employees and patrons.

About the Program

Examples of items eligible for reimbursement under the COVID-19 Reimbursement Grant Program include:

  • Capital improvements, such as Plexiglas shields, carryout window installation, and handwashing stations;
  • Outdoor tents, and other outdoor equipment;
  • Additional or new furniture or fixtures necessary to safely serve customers;
  • Services necessary to open and operate safely, such as cleaning and disinfecting services, and
  • Equipment and signage to help ensure customers and employees can observe safety requirements.

Establishment operators will be required to provide paid invoices, receipts and contracts as well as describe how these improvements will promote safety and public health.

Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 9 a.m., grant applications will be posted online and funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To qualify for this grant program, establishments must:

  • Be a for-profit enterprise,
  • Be registered and in good standing with the State of Maryland, if required by law,
  • Have been in operation as of January 1, 2020,
  • Not be in default on any loans from Baltimore County or delinquent on County taxes, and
  • Have between two and 25 full-time employees per Baltimore County establishment. Establishments may have more than 25 part-time employees.

Support for Small Businesses and Individuals

This is the latest effort from Baltimore County to support small businesses and individuals impacted by the severe financial pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously, Baltimore County made millions in grant funding available for small businesses through the Small Business Relief Grants Program, offered $200,000 to assist professional artists, musicians and performers, and provided millions in rental assistance to households at risk of losing their current housing.

For more information about the COVID-19 Reimbursement Grant Program, please visit the Small Business Reimbursement Grant Program page or email COVIDbizrelief@baltimorecountymd.gov.


Additional $1 Million in Phase One Funding and $2 Million in Phase Two Funding will Assist More Families at Risk of Losing Housing as a Result of Pandemic

After significant response from residents applying for assistance from Phase One of Baltimore County’s Eviction Prevention Program, County Executive Johnny Olszewski has allocated an additional $1 million to support residents who are struggling to pay their rent and other housing-related expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new funding will supplement the County’s previous $1 million allocation to assist households at risk of losing their current housing when the state moratorium on evictions is lifted.

In addition, the County has allocated an additional $2 million in Community Development Block Grant–Corona Virus (CDBG-CV) funds for Phase Two of its eviction prevention efforts. The County in June issued an RFP to enter into grant agreements with eligible community-based organizations to address homelessness and expand eviction prevention efforts through subsistence payments and security deposits.

Phase Two will enable partnering organizations to tackle the issue of eviction prevention in a more comprehensive manner and will focus on the County residents impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

“Families across Baltimore County are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the pandemic, and it’s critical that we help as many of those families as we can. These additional funds will help more families avoid homelessness and provide a bridge while they get back on their feet,” Olszewski said. “We will continue to identify ways to provide resources that help our families weather this storm.”

Applications for Phase One of the Eviction Prevention Program have closed. The additional funding will enable the County to provide support to more of the families who have already applied prior to the announced deadline. The County expects that at least 800 households will receive assistance.

The original $1 million for this phase of the Eviction Prevention Program came from the County’s allocation of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds and Emergency Assistance to Families with Children through the Department of Social Services. The additional funds will come from the County’s allocation of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds.

In addition to financial support for residents, the County has partnered with the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition's Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC) to provide the following services:

  • Financial coaching and counseling, including assistance negotiating with landlords
  • Referral to supportive services, including legal assistance
  • Renters’ tax credit applications and assistance

The eviction prevention initiative is the latest effort by Baltimore County to strengthen the safety net for families suffering economic losses as a result of the pandemic. Baltimore County government and Baltimore County Public Schools have provided more than three million meals for County residents. Information about food resources is available at www.BaltimoreCountyMD.gov/FoodHelp.

For more information about these initiatives and other efforts to respond to the pandemic, visit www.BaltimoreCountyMD.gov/Coronavirus.


Free July 1 Webinar Explores Regional Recovery Forecasts and Emerging Industries 

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has assembled a panel of economic thought leaders to discuss the changing regional business landscape in the wake of COVID-19 business shutdowns, and explore potential long-term shifts that may alter our local economy for years and decades to come.  

“Exploring Economic Impacts and Opportunities in the Baltimore Region” is the fifth session in the “Baltimore County Business Forum—COVID-19 and Beyond” webinar series.

Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) Director Will Anderson will moderate this 60-minute session, where an expert panel will discuss the pandemic’s impact on businesses, recovery forecast trends and the unique opportunities emerging in business sectors like technology, logistics, domestic manufacturing, retail distribution and others. 

“It’s important for government to partner with our business community to provide a data-informed analysis of where we are now and to offer insights into emerging trends and areas for potential economic expansion in the coming months and years,” said County Executive Olszewski, who will offer his perspective on the role of local government in supporting business resilience. 

Participate Live or Watch a Recording on the County Website 

The webinar will be presented live via Cisco Webex on Wednesday, July 1, at 1 p.m., and webinar access information is posted on the County website at baltimorecountybusiness.com. Recorded video of the completed webinar will be posted there shortly afterwards. People are invited to submit questions during the webinar via the live Webex questions feature, or in advance by emailing businesshelp@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Panelists include: 

  • Dr. Daraius Irani, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research at Towson University
  • Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski
  • Scott Phillips, Managing Director, Legal and Business Consulting Services, LLC
  • Tom Sadowski, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development at University System of Maryland
  • Michele Whelley, CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

Resources for Job Seekers and Businesses are Updated Regularly

The Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) provides a comprehensive overview of resources and assistance available to help affected individuals and businesses. This information is available on the Department’s website.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017