COVID-19: Resources for Businesses

Montgomery County encourages local businesses to explore all forms of Federal and State assistance that may be available.

Resources to assist in this search include:

Public Health Emergency Grant Reporting

Businesses that received a Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) are required to submit a report detailing how the grand funds were spent. All recipients received an email with a link to the reporting form. This email also included the grant application number and the amount of the grant. If you received this email request, please complete the report by May 15, 2021

Instructions and sample reports


 

Maryland Relief Act

Small Business Assistance Programs

As part of the bipartisan Relief Act of 2021, the Maryland Department of Commerce will provide funding through six new programs targeting specific groups of businesses. 

Small Business COVID-19 RELIEF Grant Program

To support Maryland’s small businesses facing continued financial impacts from the novel coronavirus, the state established through bipartisan legislation the new Maryland Small Business COVID-19 RELIEF Grant Program in 2021 with $10 million in state Relief Act funding.

The application period for this program closed on April 6, 2021. If you submitted an application and want to check your status, please check the application portal.

Small, Minority and Women Owned Business Account
COVID-19 RELIEF Program

To support Maryland’s small businesses facing continued financial impacts from the novel coronavirus, the state established through bipartisan legislation the Maryland Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Account COVID-19 RELIEF Program in 2021 with $10 million in state Relief Act funding.

These Relief Act funds will be disbursed through Commerce’s existing  Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Account, also known as the Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) program.

Commuter and Shuttle Bus COVID-19 RELIEF Grant Program 

To support Maryland commuter and shuttle bus companies facing continued financial impacts from the novel coronavirus, the state established through bipartisan legislation the Maryland Commuter and Shuttle Bus COVID-19 RELIEF Grant Program with $8 million in state Relief Act funding. The grant is directed to those companies that were impacted by reduction of routes by the Maryland Transit Administration.  

For questions, please reach out to  info@visitmaryland.org.


Additional grant programs targeted toward Online Sales and Telework Assistance, Restaurant and Caterers as well as Lodging and Accommodation establishments will be managed at the local level. Details regarding the application period for these programs is not yet available. Please check back for more information as it becomes available.


Important Updates on Unemployment Benefits

Includes self-employed, independent contractors, “gig” workers.

Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act Unemployment Insurance Programs

On December 27, the federal COVID-19 relief package, called the “Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act” that extends the CARES Act programs and provides additional federal unemployment benefits, was signed into law.

Read the details of  the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act

Visit the Maryland Department of Labor Division of Unemployment for additional information. 

Additional Business Resources: