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 Online Sales and Teleworking Support Grant Program II is provided by the State of Maryland Relief Act, and the Maryland Department of Commerce to assist QAC businesses with expenses related to establishing or expanding online sales and/or offering employees telework opportunities during COVID-19 (after March 9, 2021). Queen Anne’s County has been awarded $41,915 in funding.
The program will be administered by Queen Anne’s County Economic & Tourism Development.
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.
- 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.
Project Restore: The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is administering $25 million to provide financial support to Maryland’s new or expanding businesses to help incentivize commercial investment in vacant retail and commercial properties. Applications will be available September 8, 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.