ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION GUIDELINES

MAXIMUM GRANT PER BUSINESS

  • Grant amount will be determined by dividing total amount of allocated funds by the number of eligible applicants who apply. Applications will be accepted until close of business on November 30

ELIGIBILITY FOR RESTAURANT BUSINESSES

  • Must be located in Talbot County.
  • Must be licensed by the Talbot County Health Department.
  • Sale of food and beverage must be primary business.
  • Must prepare food on-site.
  • Must have been in operation since January 2020.
  • Must be open for business at least 180 days per year during a normal business year.
  • Must be in good standing in the State of Maryland.
  • Must not be delinquent on any taxes for the years 2016, 2017, or 2018.
  • Limited to organizations with 50 employees or less.
  • Must be used for expenses incurred between March 16, 2020, and December 30, 2020.
  • A business may receive a grant allocation from the Talbot County Restaurant Relief Fund Grant Program even if it has already received funding from the Talbot CARES Small Business Grant Program.

QUALIFYING EXPENDITURES

  • 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Applications will be accepted by the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism.
  • Completed forms should be submitted online, if possible.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Talbot County Small Business Grants Task Force.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Completed application form including name, address, phone number, EIN, business type, and number of employees.
  • Explanation of how the funds will be used.
  • Signed W-9.
  • Certification under penalty that all information is correct.

FINAL REPORT

  • Final report due 60 days after receipt of funds.
  • Must include a short explanation of how the money was spent, including a list of expenditures, as well as the business progress achieved.
  • Must include supporting documentation of expenditures including copies of invoices, cancelled checks, or other proof of payment.
  • Final report subject to audit.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Cassandra M. Vanhooser, Director, Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism at (410) 770-8000; email cvanhooser@talbotcountymd.gov.