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:

Primary Care and Dental Grant Program

The Montgomery County Primary Care and Dental Grant Program created by the County Council and is with the support of County Executive Marc Elrich will provide a maximum grant of up to $60,000 to an eligible practice.

The ranking and review system for the grants will include consideration of whether the practice is serving patients from communities and neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 or if the practice fills specific needs.

The program application and instructions will be available on Wednesday, Nov. 18. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Potential applicants can register and learn more about the program. Questions about the program or portal access can be emailed to grants@primarycarecoalition.org.

To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:

  • Be a primary care medical or general dentistry practice that is not financially supported or owned by a commercial organization or large anchor organization. Practice clinicians must own a majority of the practice and retain key decision-making authority.
  • Have at least one location in Montgomery County primarily used for treating patients.
  • Have experienced a decrease in operating income attributable to the COVID-19 public health crisis that has not been previously reimbursed via another local, State or Federal program.
  • Be in good standing with the State of Maryland. All providers must also be in good standing with the appropriate state licensing agency.

Preference will be given to practices that serve a high percentage of patients that:

  • Reside in the 10 County zip codes most impacted by COVID-19 (20850, 20874, 20877, 20878 20886, 20901, 20902, 20903, 20904, 20906).
  • Are of a racial or ethnic minority disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
  • Experience health care access challenges due to disability or language barriers.
  • Are uninsured or eligible for Medicaid.
  • Are over the age of 60.
Primary Care and Dental Grant Program FAQs.

Tourism Anchor Institution Grant Program

The Montgomery County Tourism Anchor Institution Grant Program will provide financial assistance to non-profit entities in Montgomery County that are tourist-oriented and have a mission that focuses on arts, culture, agriculture and/or recreation.

The local tourism industry has been extremely hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and projections point to a long recovery period. The survival of the County’s tourism anchor institutions – those facilities that attract a large number of visitors -- is critical to maintaining the County’s leisure and hospitality industry and outstanding quality of life.

The County Council passed a special appropriation under Resolution 19-493 creating the Tourism Anchor Institution Grant Program to provide for a total of $5 million of support to organizations that qualify.  

Learn more about the Tourism Anchor Institution Grant Program.

Restaurant Relief Grant Program

The restaurant industry has been severely impacted by the pandemic, losing revenue and customers due to public health related concerns, closures and restrictions. In response, Governor Hogan set aside $50 million for restaurant relief, sending approximately $8 Million to Montgomery County to aid its restaurants.

On November 17, the Montgomery County Council authorized Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) to administer and award grants of up to $10,000 to the following types of local businesses:
  • Restaurants
  • Food trucks
  • Caterers
  • Food-serving breweries and wineries
  • Locally-owned franchises
  • Restaurants in hotels and arts/entertainment/recreational venues

Applications will be accepted from November 20 through December 4, 2020.

Details about this program are available on the MCEDC Restaurant Relief Grant Program home page. Review the Restaurant Relief Grant Program FAQs for additional information and email questions to: restaurantrelief@thinkmoco.com.

Reopen Montgomery Grant Program

Outdoor tents and heaters are allowable reimbursable expenses for Reopen Montgomery Grants. Please review and follow the safety guidelines for use.

Businesses COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Outdoor Tents
Electrical Circuit Guidelines for Outdoor Heaters

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.

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


Early Care and Education School Age Child Care Grant

The Montgomery County Council has approved a special appropriation of $7,687,000 to support school-age child care providers operating licensed child care programs in public school buildings and aid families in accessing full-day care.

Funding for school-age child care providers will offset higher expenses and decreased revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The special appropriation provides $1.8 million for reopening grants to full-day, school-age child care service providers operating in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) buildings. Child care providers are eligible for grants of $19,500 for each classroom they open in school space during the first semester of the MCPS 2020-2021 school year. The maximum grant amount for each organization is $250,000.

This special appropriation will also support working families and foster families by funding before, during and after school child care while MCPS is meeting virtually during the first semester of school ending on January 29, 2021. This care will provide supervision to children ages five through 13 who would otherwise be in school but for the restrictions to in-person learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit the Early Care and Education School Age Child Care Grant home page for eligibility criteria, program guidelines and instructions for providers and parents.

Email questions to: SchoolAgeGrant@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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