COVID-19

Business Assistance Grant Program - FUNDS EXHAUSTED

 

AS OF CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020, GRANT FUNDS FOR THE BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANT HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED.  NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

 

Grant funds must be counted as income for calendar year 2020. Approved applicants will receive an IRS Form 1099 detailing the grant award.

 
The Garrett County COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program, formerly known as the Garrett County Kick-Start Grant Program, was established by Garrett County Economic Development and the Garrett County Development Corporation for the purpose of providing one-time, short-term financial support to small businesses and sole proprietors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to be used for expenses not covered by state or federal programs.

Home-based businesses, churches or religious institutions, banks and financial institutions, investment/real-estate entities, government agencies, and independent contractors ARE NOT eligible to apply.

Businesses that have been awarded a Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Grant ARE NOT eligible to apply.

Businesses that have been open for less than one year MAY BE eligible for a lesser grant amount.

Grants will be on a first-come, first-serve basis until the pool of funds has been depleted.

Grant Terms, Conditions & Eligibility:
 
  • Maximum of $2,500
  • Business must be solvent and plan to reopen for business;
  • Business must be native to, and physically located within, Garrett County;
  • Business must be in good standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation;
  • Business must be a “for profit” restaurant or other food service business of any size OR a "for profit" small business with 25 or fewer employees OR a self-employed individual, provided the "for profit" business or self-employed individual does not fall into one of the excluded categories listed above; 
  • Business must prove a loss of income for the period of March-June 2020 when compared to March-June 2019 (this is actual income received and not projected or anticipated income);
  • Business must have been forced to reduce business services or operations, or had to close due to Governor Hogan’s Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic; AND
  • Business must prove significant loss of income due to government executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
For additional information, please contact Kim Durst at (301) 334-1992 or kdurst@garrettcounty.org