Workforce Back To Business COVID-19 Assistance Grant

Applications will be accepted beginning September 7, 2020 at 8:00AM until September 25, 2020 at 11:59PM.

Please read the FAQ for more information about the grant before applying.

*Businesses awarded grant funds in first round are NOT eligible*

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Worcester County Economic Development will administer the Workforce Back to Business COVID-­19 Assistance Grant, which will provide grants consisting of:

  • $2,500 to Sole Proprietorships with zero (0) employees
  • $5,000 to businesses with 1-25 full time employees
  • $10,000 to businesses with 26‐50 full time employees
  • $7,500 to agricultural producers who meet the eligibility criteria defined for agriculture under the program guidelines

The federal funds are provided locally through the CARES Act. Applicants should thoroughly review the eligibility and application process below and read the Frequently Asked Questions. Submission of an incomplete or inaccurate application may result in ineligibility for program funding. Applications will be accepted Monday, September 7, 2020 at 8:00am through Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:59pm. Worcester County is committed to timely review and processing to ensure award recipients can apply this resource to the successful continuation of business operations.

Grant Terms

Worcester County will provide one offering of a four offering ($2,500, $5,000, $7,500, $10,000) assistance grant structure to an eligible small business that has been impacted by the COVID-­19 pandemic. If a business closes permanently before receiving the Worcester County Assistance Grant or, if a business is
currently closed and does not open within 30 days of receiving this grant funding (or within 30 days of Governor’s announcement to lift closure orders), the Small Business Assistance Grant funds must be returned to Worcester County.


  • Must be located in Worcester County
  • Must have been in operation prior to March 9, 2020
  • May not be an award recipient for the first round of the Worcester County Workforce Back To Business COVID-19 Assistance Grant
  • Must be in good standing with the State of Maryland and Worcester County, and registered with the state, if required to do so by law, as of March 9, 2020.
    (A Certificate of Good Standing can be found at the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation website. The Certificate of Good Standing may be provided via a screenshot or printed from the webpage. There is no need to pay for an official certificate.)
  • Must meet the fulltime employee eligibility requirements for small business terms defined under the grant guidelines (1-­25 full time employees or 26-­50 full time employees) who are not owners as of March 9, 2020
  • Agricultural producers applying are not subject to full time employee requirements but must submit a Schedule F
  • Sole Proprietors must submit a Schedule C (Profit & Loss Statement will be accepted as of March 9, 2020)
  • May not currently be in default on any loans from Worcester County or delinquent on any taxes owed to Worcester County
  • Must have a combined 2019 revenue of less than $5 million among business affiliates, subsidiaries, and parent company according to a 2019 tax return or end‐of‐year fiscal statement, required upon audit request.

Applications from businesses submitted for both grants will not be accepted.

If you have carefully reviewed the program eligibility guidelines and determined your business does not qualify for this funding source, please visit the State of Maryland’s Coronavirus Information for Business website. The site is updated with new information frequently and features federal and state funding programs as well as the Maryland Unemployment Insurance portal.

If you need assistance with assessing your eligibility or compiling the needed documents for your application, we advise that you first consult with your financial or legal advisers.

Required Supporting Documentation

  • Completed application
  • Certificate of Good Standing as of March 9, 2020
  • Payroll report as of March 9, 2020 OR W2 forms to support employment requirement
  • Completed W9 form *name on form MUST match Taxpayer Identification Number
  • Schedule F for agricultural producers
  • Schedule C for Sole Proprietors

Please note: If applying via email, the subject line of your submission should be your business name.


Applicants will receive email notifications confirming receipt of their application. If an incomplete application is received, the applicant will be notified of the issue and asked to resubmit.

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