Farmers, Small Businesses, and Sole Proprietors Encouraged to Apply for Round Two of Workforce Back to Business COVID-19 Assistance Grant Program Sept. 7-18

Snow Hill, Maryland (September 4, 2020): Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) officials awarded $1.17 million to 205 county businesses during the first round of the Workforce Back to Business COVID-19 Assistance Grant Program. 

Applications will be accepted at WCED online at http://chooseworcester.org/ from Monday, Sept. 7, at 8 a.m. through Friday, Sept. 18, at 11:59 p.m. for the second round of the Workforce Back to Business COVID-19 Assistance Grant Program, for farmers and small business owners, including sole proprietors with no employees. Grant funds will be awarded in increments of $2,500.
“We are pleased to be able to provide much needed relief to our businesses throughout Worcester County that have experienced business disruptions from COVID-19” said Tom Perlozzo, director of Worcester County Recreation, Parks, Tourism, and Economic Development. “While we know these grants will never replace the loss of revenue businesses have experienced, it is our hope that the funds will provide short-term relief to assist them in remaining open.”
Federal funds for this grant program in Worcester County were awarded through the State of Maryland under the CARES Act. The Worcester County Commissioners approved the allocation of grant funds as part of a multifaceted effort to help the community mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Businesses that missed out on the first round of grant funding may apply for the second round of the grant program. Applicants should thoroughly review eligibility requirements and “Frequently Asked Questions” prior to applying. Submitting an incomplete or inaccurate application may render an applicant ineligible for program funding. 
For more information, please visit WCED online or call 410-632-3112.