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:


Restaurant Relief Grant Program - Phase II 

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.

The Governor has allocated an additional $4.9 Million to Montgomery County for a second round of restaurant relief.

Phase II Restaurant Relief Grants Open to New Applicants and Previous Recipients

Eligible businesses that did not receive a Phase I Restaurant Relief Grant from the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) may apply for a grant of $10K in Phase II. Applications will be accepted through February 10, 2021.

Montgomery County restaurants, food trucks, caters, wineries & breweries that  did not receive a grant in Phase One are eligible to apply.  

Restauants that received a Phase I Restaurant Relief Grant are automatically eligible for an additional $5K and do not need to re-apply. Expect an email from Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation with details by February 5. If you do not receive an email by February 5, please check spam first, then email for assistance.

Grants may be used for rent, payroll, equipment, technology to support carry out and delivery, PPE and more.

Details about the program are available on the MCEDC  Restaurant Relief Grant Program home page. Email questions to:

If you are planning to provide service outdoors in a tent, please review guidelines for outdoor tents and heaters:
Businesses COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Outdoor Tents
Electrical Circuit Guidelines for Outdoor Heaters

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. 

Additional Business Resources: