County an­nounces grant pro­gram to as­sist small busi­nesses

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Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Johnny Ol­szewski an­nounced a $600,000 grant pro­gram de­signed to as­sist cham­bers of com­merce and busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions in their mis­sions to sup­port busi­nesses in their com­mu­ni­ties.

The grant pro­gram will fund ini­tia­tives that sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses by pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram­ming and mar­ket­ing ef­forts to help sus­tain the vi­a­bil­ity of this im­por­tant eco­nomic sec­tor that has been hit es­pe­cially hard by the pan­demic.

“Our in­de­pen­dent small busi­nesses and our neigh­bor­hood busi­ness cor­ri­dors are an im­por­tant el­e­ment of our lo­cal econ­omy and they add to our over­all sense of com­mu­nity,” Ol­szewski said. “These grant funds will quickly go where they are needed to pro­vide crit­i­cally needed sup­port to help our small busi­nesses dis­tricts.”

The COVID-19 Busi­ness Cor­ri­dor Sus­tain­abil­ity Grant Pro­gram is nar­rowly fo­cused on pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port to Bal­ti­more County’s small busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions and cham­bers of com­merce so that they can pro­vide pro­fes­sional-level ser­vices to sup­port mem­ber and non-mem­ber busi­nesses in their com­mu­ni­ties.

A to­tal of $600,000 will be awarded to el­i­gi­ble ap­pli­cants, capped at $20,000 per or­ga­ni­za­tion. Ap­pli­cants will be re­quired to sub­mit a pro­posal that demon­strates how the or­ga­ni­za­tion plans to uti­lize these funds to sup­port small busi­nesses in Bal­ti­more County by pro­vid­ing COVID-19 re­lated ser­vices.

These grant funds will en­able the County’s cham­bers and small busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions to pay staff or out­side ex­perts to con­duct vir­tual ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram­ming on COVID-19 re­lated re­cov­ery ef­forts such as ac­count­ing re­quire­ments for gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance pro­grams or ne­go­ti­at­ing for­bear­ance agree­ments with land­lords and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions.

Funds could also be used for mar­ket­ing cam­paigns to help pro­mote com­mu­nity pa­tron­age and sup­port for lo­cal “Main Street” busi­nesses.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now be ac­cepted on the county’s web­site at /www.bal­ti­more­coun­tymd.gov/Agen­cies/eco­nomicdev/covid19as­sis­tance/busi­ness­sus­tain­abil­i­ty­grant.html.

Ap­pli­cants must be a not-for-profit busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion or cham­ber of com­merce that:

• serves busi­nesses lo­cated in Bal­ti­more

County

• has been in op­er­a­tion as of Jan­uary 1, 2020

• has at least one paid staff mem­ber, and pro­vides an em­ployee ros­ter list­ing all em­ploy­ees as of Jan­uary 31, 2020

• is reg­is­tered and in good stand­ing with the State of Mary­land, if re­quired to do so by law

• is not cur­rently in de­fault on any loans, or out of com­pli­ance with any grants from Bal­ti­more County, or delin­quent on any taxes owed to Bal­ti­more County • sub­mits a com­plete and ac­cept­able ap­pli­ca­tion and pro­posal by 5 p.m. on Mon­day, Au­gust 31, 2020 Bal­ti­more County staff will re­view the ap­pli­ca­tion to en­sure proper com­ple­tion, and an in­ter-agency com­mit­tee will be re­spon­si­ble for re­view­ing each ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted to de­ter­mine eli­gi­bil­ity

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