Charles Announces Restaurant Relief Grant Program

The Charles County Economic Development Department announced applications are now being accepted for a new grant program aimed at assisting local restaurants whose operations have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Restaurant Relief Grant Program will provide a minimum of $10,000 to eligible full-service restaurants, limited service restaurants, and caterers. Currently, food trucks, carry-out food and beverage businesses, and craft beverage taprooms are eligible to receive a maximum of $5,000. Applications are due Monday, November 30 at 5 p.m.

From the press release:

“On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, we are pleased that a new relief package has been made available to our local restaurants.  This grant program will complement the Federal CARES Act funding already provided to our local businesses,” said Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq.

Grant funds may be used for rent; payroll;  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 services; purchase of personal protective equipment (if not available from the Charles County Health Department); purchase of disposable food containers and utensils; and sanitization services.

“Restaurants are still operating at limited capacity, which limits their income”, said Economic Development Director Darréll Brown. “With temperatures getting colder, they have additional expenses associated with outside operations, such as tents and heaters.  These grants will allow restaurants to continue to operate and provide safe environments for their customers.”

As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that the state will provide county governments with a total of $50 million to support direct aid to local restaurants and foodservice businesses. Counties must allocate all funds by December 31, 2020.

To apply for the grant, visit here.

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