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Allegany County COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Fund

February 3rd, 2021 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Restaurant Relief Fund Grant provides financial relief to locally owned and operated businesses within the restaurant industry that have experienced significant economic hardship or unusual expenses because of COVID-19. The relief program is funded through the State of Maryland’s Rainy Day Fund. Allegany County, Maryland, was awarded $389,729. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualified applicants.

$5,000 Grant for seasonal operations
$8,000 Grant for year-round operations

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 4:00 pm EST on Friday, February 12, 2021. Should the funds be depleted to qualified applicants before the deadline, the grant will close.

The applicant must…

  • own, rent, or lease a permanent or mobile commercial food business in Allegany County, MD, as of March 5, 2020 (non-profit organizations, commissaries, food banks, groceries, farmers markets, vending machines, home kitchens, etc. are not eligible). 
  • not be a franchise or national chain (unless able to provide proof of local ownership and operation).
  • have a current Allegany County business license.
  • have been operational and earning revenue in Allegany County prior to March 5, 2020 (the date when Maryland’s COVID-19 State of Emergency went into effect).
  • be in good standing with the State of Maryland, be current on all county tax liabilities, and have no open zoning or permitting code enforcement issues.