3 COVID-Relief Grant Programs

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Harford County will begin accepting applications from local organizations later this month for three COVID-relief grant programs.

The new Nonprofit Relief Grant program will provide funding to eligible Harford County nonprofits whose ability to provide programs or services has been affected by the pandemic. Applications for this program will be accepted beginning on Wednesday, April 28 at 8 a.m. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2021.

Additionally, Harford County will offer new rounds of two previously-established grant programs. Applications will be accepted for the State Restaurant Assistance Grant – Round 3 beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14; the deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Applications for the Hotel Relief Grant – Round 2, will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21 through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

Applicants should read the FAQs, detailed eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply before filling out their application. All documents are posted on the county website as noted below.

More information can be found in the release here – https://www.harfordcountymd.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/1897?fbclid=IwAR1MoOITNJi5gt1CCg8XjlRklLPWjF6gH4zwI7iwql3BuGZLud4C3O-TvP8

Relief Act 2021 for Small Businesses and Families

Round 2 Grants for Restaurants Impacted by COVID-19

State Restaurant Grant Funding Round 2

Application period open

8 am February 3, 2021 – 5 pm February 19, 2021


The Program

Harford County food service and beverage establishments will be eligible to receive additional funding through the State Restaurant Assistance Grant Program Round Two administered by Harford County to offset COVID-19 related costs associated with supporting and sustaining operations.



The funds are provided locally through the State of Maryland and were released as a second round of funding for restaurants announced as part of Gov. Larry Hogan’s latest economic relief package. The total amount of the grant award will be determined by the final number of approved program applicants.



Applications can be submitted beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, February 3;
the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 19. 
Applicants should thoroughly review the eligibility requirements and application process
on the Harford County MD government website.

FROM: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/3061/State-Restaurant-Assistance-Grant
Visit the Harford County MD website for the latest information and to apply.

July 20, 2020 – From the Maryland Department of Commerce, Grant Program Funding / Dealing with your Covid Brain / Paycheck Protection Program

Welcome to a new week and all the possibilities that come with it! Here’s new information to help you make the most of it.  Brigitte

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Notice of Funding Availability 

Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering up to $40 million of the Governor’s $50 million Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI). The remaining nonprofit funding will be administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. Of the $40 million being administered by DHCD, $10 million is earmarked for nonprofit licensees of the Maryland Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrations. The application for this funding is projected to be available online Wednesday, July 22nd. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

A separate NOFA for the $10 million set-aside for nonprofits licensed by Maryland Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is also available from DHCD: 

State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant – Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP) MD Labor is now accepting proposals for these grant funds to support Registered Apprenticeship Programs across the State. MD Labor is allocating $699,226.39 of its State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant to the Related Instruction Reimbursement Program. Find more information here

THIS explains a lot … ‘COVID brain’ is real. Here’s how to deal with it.

If you’re feeling more mentally fuzzy or emotionally fragile than usual these days, blame this culprit: COVID brain. Read this story from Inc., to learn how to deal with COVID brain, so you can approach this crisis as your sharpest self.

Need to get your Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiven? Take these steps to ensure you’re complying with the law. –Inc.

ATTACHED- NFIB’s side-by-side comparison of PPP and EIDL (Updated 7-7-20) This chart was helpful for so many and now it has been updated. https://assets.nfib.com/nfibcom/Small-Business-Loans-Side-by-Side-07-07-2020.pdf  

Congratulations Corner

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) announces $5.1 Million in Grants to be Awarded to Heritage Projects across Maryland

The Hogan administration announced 114 matching grants totaling $5.1 million were awarded to Maryland nonprofits, local jurisdictions, and other heritage tourism organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). These FY21 funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout Maryland. Organizations receiving awards include museums, parks, educational organizations, and other entities that steward and celebrate the unique cultural and natural resources located within Maryland’s Heritage Areas. A full list of the 114 grantees can be found here – Congratulations to Harford and Cecil County for preserving our past.

You Count! Make sure of it by visiting the Census 2020 website.  

Inspiration: If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. ~Anonymous

Thank you for all you are doing to help others. Please stay safe and healthy!

Brigitte Peters
Senior Business Development
Harford/Cecil County

Department of Commerce
401 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202


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June 24, 2020 – Webinar Best Practices and Resources for Reopening During COVID-19

Did you miss the Best Practices and Resources for Reopening During COVID-19 webinar? If so, you can still watch it – click here

June 30, 2020 – from the office of Governor Larry Hogan

Governor Hogan Announces $190 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses, Higher Education, and Nonprofit Organizations

New Nonprofit Recovery Initiative Will Be Focused On a Range of Organizations, Including Affordable Housing and Disability Providers
Investments Include $5 Million for Economically and Socially Disadvantaged Entrepreneurs, $3 Million for Arts Organizations
In Total, Governor Hogan Has Committed $475 Million In New Investments For Critical Sectors of Maryland’s Economy

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced $190 million in relief to help colleges, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, over the last week, the governor has announced $475 million in new investements through the federal CARES Act.

“As Maryland continues to grapple with an unprecedented fiscal crisis, we are directing more than $475 million in federal resources to critical sectors of our economy,” said Governor Hogan. “These resources will help make a difference in areas where they are needed most.”


$50 Million in Additional Assistance for Small Businesses

  • $45 million will be allocated to expand the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund. This program, which awards grants of up to $10,000 to businesses of 50 or fewer employees, has provided more than $40 million in funds to 4,073 applicants. These additional resources will be used to help pending applicants.
  • $5 million will be allocated to the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority to provide financing to businesses owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs. MSBDFA uses include working capital, supplies and materials, machinery and equipment acquisition, land acquisition, or real estate improvements.

$50 Million for the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative

  • $50 million to establish the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative, which will help organizations address the revenue reductions and expense increases that are due to the economic and safety impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the initiative, which will be operated by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), is to help stabilize and sustain a range of nonprofit operations, including affordable housing and disability nonprofits.
  • Of this $50 million, up to $8 million will be allocated to nonprofit applicants that have already applied for relief through the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund.
  • Of this $50 million, $3 million will be awarded through the Maryland State Arts Council’s (MSAC) Emergency Grant Program. In response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, MSAC has created special grant opportunities that provide emergency funding to arts organizations and artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled.

$90 Million for Higher Education

  • Up to $90 million will be allocated to reimburse state-supported universities for COVID-19 related expenses, including support for their public safety activities.

from website:  https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/06/30/governor-hogan-announces-190-million-in-covid-19-relief-for-small-businesses-higher-education-and-nonprofit-organizations/

May 15, 2020 – Please read this very important Harford County COVID-19 update to help your business. 

May 15, 2020
For more information, contact: Cindy Mumby
Director of Governmental & Community Relations

Harford County COVID-19 Update: Phase-One Reopening; $7,500 Small Business Relief Grants 

BEL AIR, Md., (May 15, 2020) – County Executive Barry Glassman issued the following weekly update on COVID-19 in Harford County.

“This morning the Maryland Department of Health is reporting 671 cases, 28 deaths, and 4 probable deaths among Harford County residents. Nursing home cases at Bel Air Health & Rehabilitation Center and Forest Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center were 36% of our total cases and 64% of deaths, according to recent reports.

COVID-19 continues to have a serious impact, especially on our vulnerable populations. Those who are most at risk need to stay home as much as possible and we should all act as though the virus is everywhere.

However, as we noted last week, Harford County has the lowest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths per capita among the Maryland jurisdictions with at least 500 cases, according to the health department. While we must remain vigilant, this has allowed us to move forward with some reopenings later today.

Phase-one reopening

As you have likely heard by now, Gov. Hogan lifted his stay at home order and moved into the first phase of reopening some businesses and other activities, effective today at 5 p.m. Social distancing, face coverings indoors and gatherings limited to 10 or fewer remain in place, but this is a welcome step forward. Harford County will reopen to the extent permitted by the governor and we have updated our COVID-19 website with this information and guidance for businesses as they begin this phase.

Small business relief grants – applications online Monday

We will be posting applications online Monday for our COVID-19 small business relief grants, paid for from Harford County’s share of federal CARES Act funding. Small businesses with 2 to 50 employees can apply for $7,500 grants toward social distancing expenses, PPE purchases, payroll and other operating costs. Farmers with 10+ acres can apply for grants of $2,500. Applications, FAQs and other details will be on the county website at 8 a.m. Monday, May 18 at https://bit.ly/HarfordCOVID19Relief.  Businesses should work on their applications next week and we will begin accepting them online after Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 26th. Our goal is to help to as many businesses as we can, as quickly as possible. Once applications are approved, we expect most checks will go out within the month of June.

Outdoor sales spaces are likely to be safer and less likely to spread COVID-19 than indoor sales. So, on Thursday I signed an Executive Order temporarily waiving some parking lot requirements. This will allow businesses to use some of the space in their lots for outdoor sales. They will still have to provide enough parking for visitors and they must comply with all fire, life safety, American Disability Act and social distancing requirements, but we hope this will expand economic opportunities for our local businesses and their customers.

As we move into this next phase of our ‘new normal,’ I expect we may be dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic into the fall and the following year. We will see ups and downs in the number of cases, especially with increased testing. I will continue to work closely with our health department to monitor outbreaks and make adjustments as necessary. Please continue to take care of yourself and those around you. Be smart, be safe and stay #HarfordStrong.”

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April 30, 2020 – Business Impact Survey 

The Route 40 Business Association would like to share with you an opportunity to participate in the Harford County Business Impact Survey. 

The Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development invites you to participate in a Business Impact Survey to assess the needs of county businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HLPL5N9 to complete this brief eight minute survey. Your participation will assist in compiling data to accurately inform leaders of potential short and long term impacts to our local employers. Thank you for supporting the Harford County business community.

April 24, 2020 – Harford County Primary Election Press Release​

PRESS RELEASE – April 24, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has changed life in Maryland dramatically.  One change is the push-back of Maryland’s primary election from April 28, 2020 to June 2, 2020.  This date change was effective with Governor Hogan’s Proclamation of April 10, 2020, which approved the State Board of Elections’ Comprehensive Plan for administering this election.

Besides the date change, the decision was made for this election to be primarily a vote-by-mail election.  Due to the short timeframe to make the significant changes in the way the election is administered, the ballots will still say “Absentee” ballot rather than “Mail-In” ballot.  There will not be any early voting centers open for in-person voting prior to the June 2 Election Day.

All eligible, active voters in Harford County that are registered as a Democrat or a Republican will automatically be mailed a Presidential Primary ballot by the Maryland State Board of Elections in early to mid-May.


March 30, 2020 – New Webinars for Small Business Owners

We received notification that The Maryland SBDC is hosting 2 more seminars regarding the new financial resources and relief programs. Please feel free to share this information with other businesses in the community. Thank you Kelly Koermer, Route 40 Business Association Board Member and Dean of Community Education, Business & Applied Technology, for keeping us up to date.

Maryland SBDC – 2 Brand New Webinars about the new financial resources and relief programs.

With the recent passage of the CARES Act, there are several BRAND NEW financial resources and relief programs that will be coming available to small business owners nationwide. These programs include much-needed relief for self-employed individuals, sole proprietors, and businesses with contract (1099) employees, along with businesses that have pre-existing SBA loans.

• Tue, March 31 at 1:00pm: https://mdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/16172 

• Thu, April 2 at 1:00pm: https://mdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/16173 

March 24, 2020 – Small Business Emergency Assistance

We received more information to assist you and your business. Thank you Kelly Koermer, Route 40 Business Association Board Member and Dean of Community Education, Business and Applied Technology for Harford Community College, for sharing the below message from Amy Wallace Yingling, Small Business Development Center for the Northern Region (SBDC).

COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide

The Small Business Development Center has created COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide.  This guide provides current information related to small business best practices during this disaster, emergency funding, state programs, and updates on regulations. This guide is being updated as new information becomes available.  Please share with your small business clients and partners.

Maryland SBDC COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide

SBDC Client Registration 

If a small business has not previously worked with an SBDC consultant, please direct them to register here for our services. Our business consultants will reach out to  address their needs. 


Northern Region Contact Information

March 23, 2020:  A Message About Coronavirus

To all Members and Guests,

We, the Route 40 Business Association Board Members, hope you are doing well.

During these challenging times, we will continue to share with you any information that we receive from our Community Partners on what is available to help your business. Thank you Angela Rose and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce for keeping us all up to date and informed. Below is the information regarding today’s latest announcement on non-essential businesses closing today at 5 pm and links for programs to better help you.

We wish all of you the best and be safe,
Leslie Stein
President, Route 40 Business Association

As you are most likely aware, Governor Hogan has ordered the closure of NON-ESSENTIAL Maryland businesses at 5 pm today. Here is the list of Essential Business categories. 

Governor Hogan also announced various programs and grants for business relief available via the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor

Additionally, we are still monitoring the movement of the 3rd Phase of the federal relief package. Urgency is of utmost importance!

The Harford Chamber team will continue to remotely serve you. Please feel free to call or e-mail. 410-838-2020 info@harfordchamber.org

Additional updates will be provided for upcoming meetings & events.

Stay healthy!

March 17, 2020: Disaster Relief Funding for Small Businesses – How to Apply

We, the Board Members of Route 40 Business Association, want to keep you up to date on news that can help you during these difficult times.

We received information from, Greg Pizzuto, Visit Harford’s Executive Director, on how to complete the SBA EIDL (pdf). Any business that is impacted by the recent closures due to COVID-19 should fill out the form and email this to Brigitte Peters with the MD Department of Commerce.

MEMA is involved and is working on disaster relief funding. The Secretaries want representative businesses from each county to fill out the attached paperwork. This is only to GATHER information the Governor will submit ‘in total’ to SBA in order to begin to qualify Maryland to receive funding. Once approved, then companies may apply to SBA. Businesses only need to fill out page 2 as pages 3-4 are the instructions. This paperwork should be submitted to Brigitte Peters our regional Department of Commerce contact. Her email is Brigitte.peters@maryland.gov.

If your business has been impacted, I encourage you to fill out the form and email Brigitte. Information is due by Thursday. 

Unemployment bulk claims from companies are asked to be submitted to UI.bulkclaim@maryland.gov. Secretary Robinson indicated they are working on extending the number of allowable weeks for unemployment. Any permitting, licensing, etc. is being deferred.

Any questions for Commerce are to be submitted to Secretary.commerce@maryland.gov. These emails will be triaged, sent to the appropriate department / person who will then answer the email.