COVID-19 Small Business Relief

There are numerous local and national programs for businesses in need of emergency support, but understanding which options are relevant for your organization can be a challenge. The Maryland Business Relief Wizard is a tool that helps connect businesses with the resources and programming for which they’re eligible, streamlining the process of finding support.

The US Chamber of Commerce has also compiled a Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist to help small business owners understand the aid available to them through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  

Open Grants for Businesses and Nonprofits  

Restaurant and Food Service Recovery Grant

The Restaurant and Food Service Recovery Grant administered through the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation aims to help restaurants and food service businesses in the county that have been impacted by a significant reduction in revenue because of pandemic related restrictions while also trying to afford new costs related to ensuring employee and customer safety as well as regular operating expenses. The program is specifically targeted to food trucks, catering businesses, bed and breakfast establishments and dine-in, non-drive-through restaurants. 

MD-SERI: Tourism Nonprofit Grants 

MD-SERI: Tourism Nonprofit Grants will allocate funds to the state’s nonprofit tourism producing organizations, such as museums, cultural attractions, zoos, aquariums whose mission and work substantially contributes to the economic development and now economic recovery of Maryland communities through visitor driven events and programs.

MD-SERI: Entertainment Venue Grants 

MD-SERI: Entertainment Venue Grants will be for the state’s nonprofit and for-profit live music and performance venues, live entertainment promoters and independently-owned local movie theaters whose primary mission and work substantially contributes to the economic development and now economic recovery of Maryland communities through employment, visitor driven events, programs and performances.

Maryland State Arts Council Emergency Grants

An additional $3 million was distributed to MSAC through its Emergency Grant Program. Created in March in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, Emergency Grants provide funding to arts organizations and artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 13 to be considered for funding.

FY2020 COVID Relief Grants for the Arts  

Anne Arundel County Partners with Arts Council to Provide $1 million for Artists and Arts Organizations through the FY2021 COVID Relief Grants for the Arts Program (GAP). Grants will be broken down in two categories:  Independent Artists, and Arts Nonprofits or Businesses that solely employ artists or performers.  All applicants must be a resident of Anne Arundel County.

Federal Assistance

US Small Business Administration

In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak. See the SBA Coronavirus Pandemic Loans Comparison Guide to better understand the differences between each program.  

Economic Injury Disaster Loan 

EIDL is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation to health care benefits, rent, utilities, and fixed debt payments.

SBA resumed accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications on June 15 to all qualified small businesses, including U.S. agricultural businesses.

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

When will you get your money? 

The quick grant money portion of the EIDL program ($1000 per employee, up to $10,000) started going out Friday, April 10th. Check your bank account. Also, if you didn’t receive an email notification, check your spam file for an email from  Never  

Paycheck Protection Program

Notice: Paycheck Protection Program closed August 8, 2020

See Paycheck Protection Program Frequently Asked Questions 

PPP Loan Forgiveness 

The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees. Read the Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness

Download the Paycheck Protection Forgiveness Loan Forgiveness Instructions and Application

When will you get your money?

You applied through your bank so it will be your bank that notifies you of any updates.  Check with your bank to see if they will provide you an update and ask how they will notify you (email, phone, just deposit money into your account). Once you receive money, be sure to track how you spend it to make verification easier.  According to the SBA, you have 8 weeks from the time you receive the money, to spend it (mainly on payroll costs).  You have until June 2021 to request forgiveness.

SBA Debt Relief

As part of SBA’s debt relief efforts,

  • The SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months.
  • The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020.

Find more information on traditional SBA lending options.

Internal Revenue Service/Treasury Department

Employee Retention Credit

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.   

State of Maryland Assistance

Maryland Department of Commerce

Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority - COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund 

The new MSBDFA Program - COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund provides emergency financial relief to eligible businesses that have experienced economic hardship due to the ongoing pandemic with low-interest rates and low-documentation loans. Five-year term loans ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 will be available with an interest rate of zero percent for the first 12 months and two percent for the remaining term of the loan.  

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan and Grant Fund

Additional funding has been allocated to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund and will become available on July 20. Maryland Department of Commerce is not accepting new grant applications and will continue to distribute funds on a first-come, first served basis based on the applications already received.

Check the Status of Your Maryland COVID-19 Loan/Grant

If you have submitted an application for the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan/Grant you can now check the status of that application by signing up for a Maryland OneStop account. Please be sure to use the same email address that was used in your original application. This does not offer updates on federal loan applications.

Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund 

This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment and other items identified as Critical Needs Items by MEMA and DGS, that are urgently needed by the State of Maryland, Maryland-based hospitals and healthcare facilities, and emergency and first responders.