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:

Reopen Montgomery Grant Program

Reopen Montgomery is a grant program that will reimburse Montgomery County businesses for expenses incurred to comply with State and County reopening requirements. These requirements are established to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain public health.

The County Council passed a special appropriation under Resolution 19-523 creating the Reopen Montgomery Program to provide grants of up to $5,000 per applicant. A total of $14M has been appropriated for this program to help County businesses reopen.

A business or non-profit organization is eligible to receive assistance from the Reopen Montgomery Program if it:

  • has its physical location(s) only in the County; or its County-based locations account for more than 50% of the business’s total number of employees or 50% of the business’s gross sales;
  • employs 100 or less full-time-equivalent employees;
  • has not received financial assistance from the County (including from the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation) for reopening expenses related to the COVID-19 health crisis; and
  • has incurred “Reopening Reimbursable Expenditures,” as defined in Paragraph 9, between March 16, 2020, and 30 days following the date when the County starts Phase 3 reopening.

Applications will be reviewed using a rolling random lottery system until funds are expended.

Visit the Reopen Montgomery Program web page to learn more about what you need to do to prepare to apply for this grant.

Questions about the program may be directed to Reopen@montgomerycountymd.gov

Arts & Humanities COVID-19 Relief Fund

Montgomery County Government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County are providing emergency relief funds to arts and humanities organizations and individual artists and scholars who are experiencing serious challenges affecting their programming, staffing, and financial stability.

The Arts & Humanities COVID-19 Relief Fund is available to Montgomery County based non-profit arts and/or humanities organizations and individual artists and scholars experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Applications are being accepted through Monday, September 14, 2020. 

Learn more about the Arts & Humanities COVID-19 Relief Fund

Important Updates on Unemployment Benefits

Includes self-employed, independent contractors, “gig” workers.

Governor Larry Hogan has announced that the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has approved Maryland’s application for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) grant, which will provide an additional $300 per week to Marylanders who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apply for Maryland Unemployment benefits at mdunemployment.com.

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

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