Restaurant Assistance Grant Program - Round 3
Harford County has been granted funds from the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund through the State of Maryland RELIEF ACT to provide assistance to eligible Harford County food service and beverage establishments. The purpose of the funding is to promote and encourage stabilization within the food and beverage services industry. The program is the third round of funding being administered on behalf of the State of Maryland to restaurants in Harford County. The final amount of the grant awards will be determined by the total number of qualified applicants.
A business MAY receive a grant allocation from this State Restaurant Relief Grant even if they have already received funding through other Harford County COVID-19 Business Relief Grant programs or another State of Maryland funded grant, including the Harford County COVID-19 Winter Restaurant Relief Grant Program and the previous rounds of State Restaurant Relief funding.
Applicants should thoroughly review the eligibility and application process below and read the Frequently Asked Questions as applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Harford County is committed to timely review and processing to ensure award recipients can apply this resource to the successful continuation of business operations.
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Harford County was awarded $937,821.47 through the program and will provide a grant to an eligible Harford County food or beverage service establishment to be used to sustain operations. Priority funding will be given to those eligible who have not received previous funding and/or answer “yes” to all economic status questions bulleted in the application.
Use of Funds
Funds are to be used for items/services listed below that have not previously been covered with prior grant funds:
- Working capital, such as rent, payroll, and job training
- Purchase of equipment and services to expand outdoor dining, such as tents, heaters, warmers, and carts
- Infrastructure improvements, such as HVAC system upgrades
- Technology to support carryout and delivery
- Purchase of PPE and disposable food containers and utensils
- Sanitization services
- Any other costs permitted under a COVID-19 restaurant assistance program
To qualify, a restaurant must:
- Must be located in Harford County;
- Must own, rent, or lease a permanent or mobile commercial food and/or beverage service location in Harford County (caterers do not need a permanent location);
- Must be primarily engaged in activities that would be included in NAICS code 72320 (Caterers), 7224 (Drinking Places/Alcoholic Beverages, or 7225 (Restaurants and Other Eating Places);
- Must demonstrate a need for assistance;
- Must be in good standing with Harford County Government and the State of Maryland, and registered with the state, if required to do so by law; and
- May not currently be in default on any loans from Harford County or delinquent on any taxes, fees, or other charges owed to Harford County.
If you have carefully reviewed the program eligibility guidelines and determined your business does not qualify for this funding source, please visit https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business to be redirected to 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.
Required Supporting Documentation
ALL FORMS ARE FILLABLE – Please download and type directly into the fillable fields before printing out for your legal INKED signature. Applicant must submit the documents provided – no substitutes allowed.
- Fully-completed (typed) application (handwritten applications will not be accepted EXCEPT where a legal inked signature is required);
- Completed W9 form; and
- Completed Direct Deposit Form. The Direct Deposit Form is also known as the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Form;
Please note: The subject line of your email submission must contain your business name.
Submit COMPLETE AND ACCURATE application with all required supporting documentation via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your business name as the subject line. It is imperative that all applicants ensure the accuracy of their legal business name and address when completing and signing their application, W9, and Direct Deposit/EFT forms.
Ways Your Application Can Fail
- Failure to submit a complete and accurate application
- Failure to submit application corrections before the deadline
- Application is handwritten, i.e. not electronic and typed except where legal inked signatures are required
- Application is attempted before April 14 at 8:00 a.m.
- Application email does not have your organization name as its subject line
DO NOT SUBMIT APPLICATIONS MORE THAN ONCE – Applicants will receive an email confirming their submission.
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. However, the applicant’s place in the queue will not be saved.
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.