Upper Shore Agricultural Micro Grant Program (Open)

Kent County Economic & Tourism Development in partnership with the Upper Shore Regional Council provides grant funding to local agricultural businesses looking to expand, diversify, or improve their marketing efforts or conduct agricultural research initiatives. The purpose of the program is to help support the development, expansion, and coordination of agricultural enterprises and initiatives within Kent County.

Grant requests ranging from $250 up to maximum of $5,000 will be considered on a competitive basis.

 

Priority will be given to projects that:

  1. Benefit the entire Ag community,
  2. Include two or more businesses working in cooperation,
  3. Involve new or emerging markets,
  4. Promote a Buy Local campaign.

More Details

Application

Reimbursement Request

Final Reporting Form

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Local Government Agriculture & Resourse-Based Industry Project Cost Share Program

Hotel/Accommodations Grant (Opening Soon)

The County Commissioners of Kent County, Maryland recognize the distressing economic impact COVID-19 continues to have on businesses. The Governor’s Direct Relief for Hotels/Accommodations will be dispersed through the County Department of Economic and Tourism Development.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS      

  1. Be a provider of an accommodation subject to:
    1. the sales and use tax under § 11-102 of the Tax-General Article of the Maryland Code generated to the tax codes 111 or 901; or
    2. the accommodations tax imposed by the jurisdiction in which the accommodations provider is located.
  2. Be in good standing with the State of Maryland and Kent County.
  3. Have at least 10 sleeping rooms OR is a bed and breakfast as defined under § 9-201 of the Public Safety Article of the Maryland Code, have at least 5 sleeping rooms.
  4. Demonstrate a reduction in year-over-year gross revenue of at least 25% for the period of April 2020 - November 2020 compared to the gross revenue of April 2019 - November 2019.
  5. Be open to the public for the provision of accommodations by no later than March 31, 2021.

 

Applications open January 25, 2021 at 8am and close February 1, 2021 at 5pm. 

MORE DETAILS

APPLICATION

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USE OF FUNDS FORM   Excel  PDF    Do not complete this form until grants are awarded.  This is not part of the grant application.  Any questions call 410-810-2168 or email econdev@kentgov.org.

COVID BUSINESS STIMULUS GRANT (Closed)

The County Commissioners of Kent County, Maryland recognize the distressing economic impact COVID-19 continues to have on businesses. Through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), established under the CARES Act, we are offering grant funds to local small businesses.

The Kent County COVID Business Stimulus Grant offers funding to assist Kent County small businesses with funding to continue operations through COVID-19.

Applications open December 8, 2020 at 8am and close on December 14, 2020 at 5pm. 

Grants will be awarded until funds are depleted, grant amounts will be determined by the available funding and number of eligible applications received.  New businesses and businesses who have not received funding through other County programs will be given preference.

 

MORE DETAILS

APPLICATION

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USE OF FUNDS FORM   Excel   PDF    Do not complete this form until grants are awarded.  This is not part of the grant application.  Any questions call 410-810-2168 or email econdev@kentgov.org.

Restaurant Relief Grant (Closed)

The County Commissioners of Kent County, Maryland recognize the distressing economic impact COVID-19 continues to have on businesses. The Governor’s Direct Relief for Restaurants will be dispersed through the County Economic and Tourism Development Department.

Grants for Kent County restaurants, up to $10,000.   

Applications open November 16th at 8am and close on November 23, 2020 at 5pm. 

MORE DETAILS

APPLICATION

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USE OF FUNDS FORM   Excel   PDF

 

 

Statistical Data Form provided by Maryland Department of Commerce This form is not part of the application process.  This form and the grantee agreement will be provided by the County and will need to be completed when funds are dispersed.

 

PLEASE NOTE ~ Primary business is Prepared Food and Beverage service. 

Ineligible Businesses

  • Institutions
  • Schools
  • Mobile Units
  • Farmers Market Vendors
  • Pre-packaged Food Only
  • Lodging with Food Service
  • Corporate Owned Franchises and Chains

Maryland Business Works - Workforce Development and Adult Learning

Responding to repeated requests of Maryland’s businesses in consultation with the Maryland Department of Commerce, is excited to announce the return of Maryland Business Works, a highly successful incumbent worker training program.

With a substantial initial investment of $500,000 in business engagement funds, the Maryland Department of Labor is eager to partner with Maryland’s businesses to support employer strategies for retention, growth and, expansion. This project requires a dollar-for-dollar match by the employer, which allows for an overall investment of $1 million in incumbent worker training.

Training funds can be used to upgrade the skills of current employees while also creating opportunities for new hires in in-demand occupations and skills. Participants completing the program will gain transferable skills or industry-recognized certifications or credentials, leading to potential career growth and increased wages. Projects will be industry-focused and employer-based, targeting small business, particularly at the local level.

https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/mbw.shtml

Partnership for Workforce Quality (PWQ)

PWQ provides matching training grants and support services targeted to improve the competitive position of small and mid-sized manufacturing and technology companies. Grants are used to increase the skills of existing workers for new technologies and production processes, improve employee productivity and increase employment stability.

Matching grant funds are used to reimburse up to 50% of the costs of qualified projects.

http://commerce.maryland.gov/grow/partnership-for-workforce-quality-pwq

Small Business Administration Grants

The SBA works with different organizations to provide grants for small businesses. Find out if you meet the requirements to apply.  Grants available for research and development, exporting, and other uses.

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/grants

MARBIDCO Grant Programs

MARBIDCO works with agricultural and resource-based businesses such as forestry, seafood, and on-farm processors. In providing these grants, our goal is to help business owners innovate, diversify and exploit emerging market opportunities in food and fiber production and rural tourism.

Examples of innovative business activities and enterprises include, but are not limited to:

  • On-farm and value-added food processing
  • Smaller scale secondary wood products manufacturing

Business-related technology enhancements (especially those related to energy efficiency)

 

http://www.marbidco.org/_pages/programs_grants/grant_programs.htm