Talbot County will begin taking applications on June 4 for a new grant program aimed at helping nonprofits that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but have not yet received assistance from other programs.
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) received $20 million in Maryland Recovery NOW Funds via SB496 that is being distributed to local governments to make grant awards to local nonprofits. Talbot County will receive $123,000 to distribute locally.
Grant recipients may use the money to offset business losses caused by the pandemic. Qualifying expenditures include:
- Expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, and payroll.
- Purchase of equipment related to programs that assist underserved Maryland populations.
- Program development and training costs.
- Business materials or inventory.
- Sanitizing supplies for use by employees and customers.
Priority also will be given to those nonprofits that are focused on the economic recovery of Maryland communities and on the health and human services and housing of underserved Maryland populations.
The deadline for applying is June 25. Grant funds must be distributed by September 1 and may be used for expenses incurred through December 31, 2021.
OTHER TALBOT COUNTY GRANTS
Lodging and Accommodations COVID-19 RELIEF Grant Program
Hotel, lodging, and accommodation businesses are among those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help those facing continued financial impacts, Talbot County has received additional funds for a third round of funding. Businesses that opened before November 1, 2020 are now eligible. Deadline to apply: June 11.
Online Sales and Telework Assistance COVID-19 RELIEF Grant Program
Though Talbot County’s allotment for this grant program is just $3,082, these funds will be used to support small businesses seeking to expand online sales and teleworking capabilities for their employees. Deadline to apply: June 11.
Talbot County Restaurant and Caterers COVID-19 RELIEF Grant Program
To support Maryland restaurants facing continued financial impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, Talbot County has received an additional $135,635. A number of new qualifications apply, which require applicants to self-certify specific financial data. Deadline to apply: June 11.
The Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the Talbot County Finance Office together are administering these programs. Guidelines and applications are available at TalbotWorks.org. For more information, call 410-770-8000.