COVID-19: Resources for Businesses

 

Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) program
 
The Montgomery County Executive and County Council together have set aside $20 million in funding to support small businesses and nonprofits who are struggling to survive the economic impact of COVID-19.
 
The County Executive is developing the systems and regulations needed to implement the program as quickly as possible.
 
If you would like to be notified when the application for the PHEG program is available, please email peter.fosselman@montgomerycountymd.gov and include PHEG in the subject line.

To stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and increase the safety of the community, Governor Hogan has announced the closure of all non-essential businesses.  For more guidance on which businesses are considered essential, please see the Office of Legal Counsel's memo on interpretive guidance:

March 23rd Interpretive Guidance on Governor's Order

Governor Hogan also announced a series of Business Relief Fund Programs. Details on these programs which include loan and grant opportunities, can be found on the Maryland Department of Commerce.
 

Unemployment Benefits Expanded to Workers Not Previously Eligible
Includes self-employed, independent contractors, “gig” workers
 
The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stability (CARES) ACT, signed into law by the President, expands state unemployment benefits available to workers.
 
Maryland will provide all three of the expanded unemployment insurance programs offered through the CARES Act including the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) which provides Unemployment Insurance benefits to workers not typically eligible (e.g., self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, etc.) for a maximum of 39 weeks of benefits effective Jan 27, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020.
 
Additional information about the expanded unemployment insurance benefits is available in the Montgomery County Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) special report dated April 2, 2020.
 
The Maryland Department of Labor website currently is not set up to process unemployment applications from workers typically not eligible for UI benefits. The State is asking that workers wait to submit claims until the system can be updated. Benefits will be provided back to the earliest date of eligibility. Sign up for email updates on the Maryland Department of Labor website.


We encourage our business community to evaluate all the options available to find areas of relief. The County Executive and County Council continue to explore more ways to assist the business community during this difficult time.

Please check back often as information is changing quickly and updates will be posted regularly. 
 

 

COVID-19 Agricultural Business Resources

Infographic on Shopping Safely at Farmer's MarketAgriculture and food-related businesses remain essential, however individual companies are asked to make an honest assessment as to whether their operation is essential to public health and safety. Businesses that are not directly linked to public health and safety should immediately scale back their operations, eliminate foot traffic, end curbside pick-up and move to delivery only. Any workers that are able to do their job from home should do so immediately and continue until the governor lifts the current order.
 
Please check this web page regularly for updates and contact the Office of Agriculture if you have questions or need additional information.  For contact information for the County’s ag services please visit: https://montgomerycountymd.gov/agservices/Resources/Files/News/Revised-Office-Covid-info.pdf 

Additional resources for the farm community: