Harford Announces Online Sales, Telework Grants for Businesses, Nonprofits

Today, Harford County will begin to accept applications from local businesses and nonprofits for grants to help cover costs for telework and/or online sales operations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Maryland Department of Commerce is providing funding for this program through the federal American Recovery Act. The deadline to submit applications is October 29, 2021.

“Telework and online sales can be a lifeline for local organizations, and these grants will help them stay viable in the pandemic and beyond,” County Executive Barry Glassman said. “As we have with prior grant programs, my administration will work quickly to get COVID-19 relief to those who need it.”

According to a press release:

Funds can be used for website development, expansion to an e-commerce platform, telework equipment purchases such as laptops, or other remote work capabilities. Grants can also be used as reimbursement for expenses incurred after March 2020 to establish or expand online sales and telework during COVID-19. Funds cannot be used to pay the wages of teleworking employees.

To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to March 9, 2020, and be operating with a physical location in Harford County.

Due to state requirements, the grant program will prioritize applicants who have not received previous COVID-19-related grants or loans from the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Maryland Department of Labor, and/or Harford County; and have 20 or fewer employees, excluding the owner.

Applications, FAQs, and more information on the program are available on the Harford County website.