Queen Anne’s County Restaurant Relief Grant


Funding for the Queen Anne’s County Restaurant Relief Grant Fund was provided by the State of Maryland Governor’s initiative. Queen Anne’s County  has been awarded an additional $266,109 in funds to specifically assist local restaurants during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The program will be administered by the QAC Department of Economic and Tourism Development. It is projected that grants will be awarded in the range of $1,000-$10,000. Greater amounts may be awarded to restaurants with larger employee counts and demonstrated need.

The goal of the QAC Restaurant Relief Fund is to assist restaurants with expenses associated with adjusting their business model, new operating procedures and regulations associated with CED safety guidelines due to the pandemic.


This grant program has closed and is no longer accepting applications. 


Grant Terms:

Definition of restaurant per Queen Anne’s County Code: RESTAURANT

An establishment whose principal business is the sale of food or beverages to customers in a ready-to-consume state and whose principal method of operation includes at least one of the following characteristics: A. Customers, normally provided with an individual menu, are served their foods and beverages by a restaurant employee at the same table or counter at which food and beverages are consumed; or B. A cafeteria-type operation where food and beverages generally are consumed within the restaurant building

Eligible businesses that can apply include:

o Full Service Restaurants.

o Fast Food Restaurants.

o Carry out Restaurants

Restaurant must be physically located in Queen Anne’s County and be open for business

Company must be in good standing with the State of Maryland

Business meets U.S. Small Business Administration definition of a small business

Company must not be in default of any County loan programs in the past or present

Restaurants that have received grant funding through the QAC Small Business Assistance and Recovery Fund are eligible to apply; HOWEVER, funds received through this program can not be used for expenses already covered by the previous grant funds. “No Double Dipping”

Business must be established before 12/31/2019, new business ventures are not eligible

 Must provide receipts, invoices, estimates, payroll reports or evidence backing up requested funding. i.e. if requesting funding for payroll please provide a payroll report or 941, to illustrate payroll costs. If upgrading HVAC system or POS please provide quote for equipment and installation


Use of Funds:

Working capital, such as rent, payroll, and job training

Purchase of equipment and services to expand outdoor dining, such as tents, heaters, warmers, and carts

 Infrastructure improvements, such as HVAC system upgrades

 Technology to support carryout and delivery

 Purchase of PPE and disposable food containers and utensils

 Sanitization services

 Any other costs permitted under a COVID-19 restaurant assistance program that Grantee, or any municipal corporation located within Grantee’s jurisdiction, may already be operating as of the effective date of this agreement


Grant Process:

Submit application with all required documentation between January 4, 2021-February 4, 2021

Paper copies of the application will be available upon request

QACETD will prepare grant packages and pre-vet application (i.e. complete application and good standing confirmation)

Outside grant review committee will review and approve grant requests the week of February 8, 2021

Applicant will be notified if approved and emailed remaining required paperwork

Standard grant agreement will be prepared by Queen Anne’s County Attorney

Approved applicants will sign documentation and return to QACETD for processing

Grant funds will be disbursed by Queen Anne’s County Finance Department by March 31, 2021

Follow-up with awardees will take place on a regular basis through the Dept. of Economic & Tourism Development

Documentation will be required by March 31, 2021 to validate appropriate expenditure of grant funds

Reporting to the State of Maryland required by April 30, 2021



Requirements to Apply:

Completed Application

Verification of Good Standing in State of Maryland

Documentation to support financial assistance request: i.e. receipts, invoices, quotes, payroll report if requesting payroll

Applicants must self-certify with a legal affidavit that revenue losses were 25% or greater when compared to prior years

Articles of Incorporation/Organization/Formation including By Laws and/or Operating Agreement


Questions? htinelli@qac.org or khudson@qac.org or call 410-604-2100