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 Grants
Conversion from Conditional to Permanent Status

Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Grants were awarded as conditional grants contingent on recipients meeting program requirements, including the submission of a report documenting how grant funds were used. 

County staff will review a random sampling of Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) reports to ensure that the required information was provided. Assuming that there are no major issues, and if applicants have not been contacted individually by the County with follow-up questions, then all PHEG grant recipients can assume that they have met all requirements of the program and that the conditional grant has been converted to a permanent grant.  
 
Any internal staff reviews will be completed by June 30, 2021, so if PHEG grant recipients haven't heard from the County by then, it can be assumed that the PHEG grant has become a permanent grant.

COVID-19 Requirements Established by Businesses and Organizations

Private businesses and organizations have the right to set and enforce their own policies regarding the use of face coverings in their facilities and requirements for employees to be vaccinated. Business owners are encouraged to consult with an attorney to ensure they are in compliance with Federal and State law.
 
Please refer to Federal and State guidance for additional information:


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 programs targeting specific groups of businesses. 


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

Montgomery County small, minority and woman-owned businesses facing continued financial impacts from the novel coronavirus have access to funding through the Maryland Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Account COVID-19 RELIEF Program, established with $10 million in Maryland Relief Act funding.

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. The VLT fund traditionally uses proceeds from video lottery terminals (slots) to assist small, minority, and women-owned businesses.

At least 50% of the VLT allocations are designated for small, minority and women-owned businesses located within certain targeted areas of the six casinos. The other 50% is available to small, minority and women-owned businesses located throughout Maryland.

 The $10 million in Relief Act funds will be administered by the eight fund managers who operate this program on behalf of the Department of Commerce. Applications will be available through each fund manager, who are located in various regions of the state. Fund Managers, who oversee the distribution of video lottery terminal funds, will determine eligibility requirements for this program.  

Fund managers have the ability to distribute these funds as grants, although they are not required to do so and may elect to disburse the funds as loans.

Visit the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation for additional information and assistance with this 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.


An additional grant program targeted toward Online Sales and Telework Assistance will be managed at the local level. Details regarding the application period for this program are not yet available. Please check back for more information as it becomes available.


Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Eligible entities include:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Museum operators
  • Motion picture theater operators (including owners)
  • Talent representatives

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. 

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