Garrett County Kick-Start Grant Program

The Garrett County Commissioners recognize the importance of social distancing measures in protecting the health of individuals and communities and slowing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. While these social distancing measures are saving lives, they’ve also come at a great cost to Garrett County’s small businesses and their employees.

The Garrett County Kick-Start Grant 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.
This program replaces the Garrett County Small Business Pandemic Interim Loan program that was previously offered.

To be eligible, the applicant must operate within Garrett County, be able to demonstrate financial impact/damage due to the COVID-19 pandemic and show documentation of applying for other financial assistance from at least one other source.

Grant Terms, Conditions & Eligibility:
  • Maximum of $2,500
  • Grants will be on a first-come, first-serve basis until the pool of funds has been depleted
  • Funds will be available commensurate with government executive orders establishing reopen dates
  • Business must be solvent and plan to reopen for business
  • Business must be in good standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation
  • Business must have been open for at least one year prior to the entry of Governor Hogan’s Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Business must be native to, and located within, Garrett County 
  • Business must be a “for-profit” restaurant or other food service business of any size OR a "for-profit" small business with 2-25 employees
  • 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
  • Business must prove significant loss of revenue due to government executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic
The Program will be administered under the direction of the Garrett County Economic Development Department. For more information, please contact Kim Durst at or 301-334-1992.