Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner yesterday announced a second round of grants to support restaurants and other foodservice businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The County will provide an additional $1.3 million to its Food Service Grants program, to which the County initially dedicated $2 million.
Grants will be awarded in two categories. The first category includes commercially located bakeries and caterers, carry-out restaurants with no seating, and food trucks. The second group includes restaurants without drive-thrus, along with wineries, breweries, and distilleries.
The amount of each grant will be determined by the number of establishments that apply. All eligible businesses in a given category will receive the same amount of funding. The County will accept grant applications through Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
According to a County press release:
Businesses that received funding in the first round will automatically receive a second grant. Those that did not receive funds in the fall may apply now through 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 13.
The amount of each grant will be determined by the number of establishments that apply. All eligible businesses in a given category will receive the same amount of funding.
Grant funds can be used to pay for:
- 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
Additional information about the grants can be found at FrederickCountyMD.gov/8155-Frederick-County-Business-Grants. Applications can be made at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/FoodServiceGrants.