The Tri-County Council for Western Maryland announced that applications are now open for the Senator George C. Edwards Fund for Western Maryland.
The fund, overseen by the 11-member Western Maryland Economic Future Investment Board and administered by the Tri-County Council, will provide loan and grant assistance to Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties for economic development projects. $50 million has been allocated over four years, with $20 million available in FY 2023 and $10 million each in FY 2024, 2025, and 2026.
More information and the intake process for the fund can be found on the new website, found here: www.senatoredwardsfund.org.
“The Senator George C. Edwards Fund will provide $50,000,000 over four years for Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties to use for economic development projects,” said Senator George Edwards, the co-sponsor of the legislation that created the fund. “This fund will go a long way to help these counties move forward positively by creating jobs and increasing the tax base, which will be great for the region. Hopefully, this will work the way many of us think it will, so we can make this a permanent program just like other parts of the state have already done.”
According to a Washington County press release:
Applications will be accepted in two project categories: capital infrastructure and business development. Capital infrastructure projects include broadband connectivity, road access improvements, housing initiatives, etc. Business development projects must lead to the direct creation or retention of new jobs that pay at least 120 percent of state minimum wages. Applications will be accepted and reviewed quarterly. All projects are encouraged to have matching funding identified and should have the support of their respective county economic development departments.