Montgomery Council Approves Public Health Emergency Grant Program

The Montgomery County Council today approved emergency legislation to establish a new Public Health Emergency Grant Program to respond to the significant financial hardship facing many County residents and businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council’s special appropriation for this program is $20 million.

This program authorizes grants to local for-profit or non-profit businesses that have their principal place of business in Montgomery County and employ 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees.

The maximum grant for financial losses due to a public health emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, is $75,000. This bill also authorizes the director of the Department of Finance to award mini-grants to an eligible for-profit or non-profit business up to $2,500 as a reimbursement for costs incurred to purchase technology equipment and software to facilitate employee teleworking during the public health emergency.

Stay tuned to Conduit Street for more information.

Useful Links

Expedited Bill 16-20, Economic Development Fund – Public Health Emergency Grant Program – Established

Previous Conduit Street Coverage: MACo Compiles List of Local Resources During COVID-19 Response

For up-to-date information and state resources regarding coronavirus, including confirmed case counts and clinician guidance, visit http://health.maryland.gov/coronavirus.

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