Businesses and nonprofit organizations may be eligible for grants for expenditures they have incurred related to health and safety requirements from the State and County for reopening their business between March 16, 2020, and 30 days following the date when the County declares it is moving to Phase 3 of reopening. The County is still operating under Phase 2 reopening guidelines.
Per Montgomery County:
The “Reopen Montgomery Small Business Grant Program,” which was created by the Montgomery County Council with the support of County Executive Marc Elrich, is continuing to accept applications from businesses to help with reopening expenses incurred to comply with County and State health and safety reopening requirements related to the COVID 19 health crisis.
The $14 million program, which was launched in July, is helping businesses with grants that could be as much as $5,000.
As cooler weather of fall is now upon the region and winter is not far behind, business establishments—such as restaurants, retailers and tutoring companies–want to continue to operate outdoors. Expenditures for outdoor tents, outdoor heating and outdoor furniture are allowable reimbursable items under the Reopen Montgomery grant program.
Applicants selected in the most recent lottery were notified by Thursday, Oct. 8, and have until Tuesday, Oct. 13, to upload their receipts and other required documentation. Applicants that have not been selected in a lottery do not have to reapply. Their applications will remain in the pool for an opportunity to be selected in an upcoming lottery.
The County’s Department of Permitting Services on Thursday, Oct. 15, will be holding an online forum for business owners regarding outdoor arrangements in cooler weather. Details on that forum are available at https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=26922.