In an effort to support local businesses, Queen Anne’s County Economic & Tourism Development has created this resource page to respond to the impacts of COVID-19. We understand that now, more than ever, our business community needs timely and relevant information.
Below you will find resources, information and tools sourced from federal, state and local resource partners. It is important that business owners stay connected daily as new resources are being created and programs are evolving.
Queen Anne’s County Grant Programs
Funding for the Queen Anne’s County Nonprofit Assistance Fund is provided by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and is specific to nonprofits. Queen Anne’s County has been awarded $166,668 in funding.
This grant fund will be administered by QAC Economic & Tourism Development. It is projected that grant awards will be in the range of $1,000-$10,000. Greater amounts may be awarded to organizations with larger employee counts and demonstrated need.
The goal is to aid nonprofits in fulfilling their mission and outreach goals which include adjusting operations due to the pandemic. These funds are to be utilized for expanding program services to meet the needs of Queen Anne’s County residents and its businesses. Grant requests do not have to be related to the pandemic in order to qualify.
COVID-19 Funding & Resources for Businesses
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Assistance: An explanation of the relief programs available through the SBA.
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan: Loans are currently available to small business owners, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations. The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. Apply directly through the SBA.
- Shuttered Venue Operators Grant: Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million.$2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Applications will be available April 8, 2021. Eligible entities include:
- Live venue operators or promoters
- Theatrical producers
- Live performing arts organization operators
- Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
- Motion picture theater operators
- Talent representatives
- SBA Small Business Debt Relief Program: The SBA is providing a financial reprieve during the COVID-19 pandemic to small businesses with existing SBA loans. Contact your lender for more information.
Maryland Department of Commerce: An explanation of the relief programs available through the Department of Commerce.
- Small, Minority and Women Owned Business Account COVID Relief Program: Also knows as the Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) program, the $10 million in Relief Act funds will be administered by the eight fund managers who operate this program on behalf of the Department of Commerce. Applications will be available through each fund manager, who are located in various regions of the state. For more information contact the fund manager in your area.
- Maryland Economic Adjustment Fund (MEAF): This program provides loans of up to $150,000 for small and underserved businesses with fewer than 50 employees. MEAF enables small businesses to upgrade or modernize operations, develop or expand commercial applications for technology or enter into and compete in new or different markets. Eligible businesses include manufacturers, wholesalers, retail, technology firms, service companies and skilled trades. Funds can be used for working capital, equipment, building renovation, real estate acquisition and site improvements. Applications are currently being accepted.
American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 Child Care Stabilization Fund Grant: The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has announced that licensed and registered child care providers in Maryland can apply for the Child Care Stabilization Fund Grant. $39 billion of American Rescue Plan funds have been released to address the child care crisis caused by COVID-19. Application deadline is August 6, 2021 at 4pm EST.
Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program: Are you a swine, chicken, or turkey producer who suffered losses due to insufficient access to processing facilities during the coronavirus pandemic? USDA’s Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program provides financial relief for those losses and costs associated with depopulation. Applications will be available from July 20, 2021 through September 17, 2021.
TEDCO Rural and Underserved Business Recovery: An economic relief initiative to benefit socially and economically disadvantaged and rural early-stage technology-based businesses. Applications will be available February 2021.
U.S Department of Agriculture Farm Loan Program: The Farm Service Agency offers loans to help farmers and ranchers get the financing they need to start, expand or maintain a family farm.
BGE Energizing Small Business Grants: BGE is pledging $15 million to assist Maryland’s small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. Eligible businesses located in BGE’s service area can apply for a $20,000 BGE Energizing Small Business Grant. This grant program is part of BGE’s comprehensive Customer Relief and Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan, designed to help the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic.
- Round 3- September 1 to October 13, 2021
Emma Johnson Single Mother Grant: Every month, Johnson gives out $500 cash to one single mom, no strings attached. The 2021 Kickass Single Mom Stimulus Grant has one goal: Give a hand to single moms struggling with money, health, stress, child care, illness and loneliness. Qualifications are simple: 1. You’re a single mom. 2. You need the money right now.
Black Founder Start-Up Grant: SoGal Foundation has teamed up with Winky Lux, Bluemercury, twelveNYC, Twilio, and other sponsors to provide $10K and $5K cash grants to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs. Applications are rolling
Digital Undivided Fellowship -Do You Fellowship Program: This program will award 10 promising Black and Latinx women innovators with a $5,000 investment in their business and access to unparalleled resources and mentorship necessary to develop their businesses. Follow program link to learn more and register to be notified when the applications are available.
Black Girl Ventures Pitch Competition: The BGV Pitch Competition is crowdfunding meets pitch competition. Each founder has 3 minutes to pitch and a 3 minute Q&A from the audience. Application deadline is December 31, 2021
Jane Walker – IFW First Women Grant Program: Originally launching the program with 15 grants, Jane Walker will now be matching the program and funding an additional 15 groundbreaking women-owned businesses. Businesses will be selected across Entertainment & Film, Music, Sports, Journalism, STEM and Hospitality. Each recipient will receive a $10K grant plus a one-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching Membership. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through October 2021.
She Angels Foundation Grant: She Angels Foundation awards grants ranging from $3-10k to female founded and operated non-profit organizations that provide mentorship, funding, training, and advancement resources to girls and women.
Patagonia Corporate Grant Program: The corporate grant program at Patagonia gives between $10,000 and $20,000 infunding to innovative nonprofit organizations that work to preserve and protect the environment.
American Association of University Women (AAUW): Community Action Grants provide funding to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations as well as community-based nonprofits for innovative programs that promote education and equity through projects focused on encouraging girls to select, before entering college, the physical sciences or engineering as a career. Grants range from $3K to $10K. Applications open on August 1, 2021 and close on December 1, 2021.
American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Career Development Grants: For women pursuing a certificate or degree to advance their careers, change careers, or reenter the workforce in education, health and medical sciences, or social sciences and whose bachelor’s degree was received at least eight years. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Grants range between $2K and $12K. Applications open August 1, 2021 and close November 15, 2021.
Astia: A nonprofit founded in 1999 that works to identify and invest in high-potential women-owned startups. It uses a review system based on personal referrals to find, prioritize, and reward the right female entrepreneurs.
Maryland Business Express: This is the clearinghouse for all state and federal information related to COVID-19.
Maryland Business Relief Wizard: This tool helps connect businesses with the resources and programming for which they’re eligible, streamlining the process of finding support.
US Department of Agriculture-Federal Rural Resource Guide: USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses and communities through: technical, training, and management assistance, financial assistance, state and local assistance.
Comptroller of Maryland-Relief Act Sales Tax Deferments and Tax Credits: The RELIEF Act of 2021, provides direct stimulus payments to qualifying Marylanders, unemployment insurance grants to qualifying Marylanders, and grants and loans to qualifying small businesses.
Resources for Displaced Workers and Job Seekers
Maryland Department of Labor: Unemployment Insurance: Resources to file UI claims and information about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for self-employed and gig workers.
Upper Shore American Jobs Centers: Offering assistance for job seekers, including training and educational opportunities.
Maryland Workforce Exchange: A free resource that links job seekers with prospective employers. Job seekers can upload their resumes and apply online.