Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young recently announced COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Initiative, which establishes the COVID-19 Small Business Task Force, a public-private partnership, and a $5.5 million fund to provide financial assistance to small businesses, as well as other resources and guidelines to help businesses reopen, without compromising public health, once the State of Emergency is lifted. More information about the initiative can be found here.

Small Business Assistance Fund Grants

The Baltimore Development Corporation is now accepting grant applications for the Small Business Assistance Fund until May 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Grants WILL NOT BE AWARDED ON A FIRST-COME FIRST- SERVED BASIS. All applications received during the Grant Application Period will be considered. Any applications received after the end date will not be considered. Please review the documents below regarding eligibility and other requirements:

Apply here

To find out if your business is in a priority geographic area, click here and type your address in the look-up box in the left hand corner.

Creative Businesses that fall under the following categories are eligible to apply:

Art Gallery
Arts Studios
Body Art Establishment
Carry-Out Food Shop
Entertainment: Indoor
Entertainment: Live
Greenhouse or Nursery
Health and Fitness Center
Personal services establishment (e.g. Hair salon/barbershop, nail salon etc.)
Recreation: Indoor
Retail Goods Establishment (No alcoholic beverage sales)

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