Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund (CLOSED)

The Upper Shore Regional Council (USRC), representing Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s Counties will submit a proposal to the Maryland Department of Commerce outlining how they plan to use up to $10 million available through the Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund.

The grant program is designed to be flexible and allow each rural council to determine the best use of funds within the program’s guidelines in coordination with the counties they represent. Eligible uses of the funds include developing infrastructure such as utilities, transportation, and broadband to support the attraction, retention, or expansion of businesses, as well as infrastructure related to specific industry sector development including manufacturing, cyber security, and the life sciences. 

The deadline for the USRC to submit the application to the Maryland Department of Commerce has been extended to September 2, 2022.  

 

TIMELINE

USRC Application Due to Commerce - September 2, 2022

Kent County Projects Submitted to USRC - August 12, 2022

Kent County Commissioners Agenda - August 9, 2022

Kent County Commissioners Review Submissions - July 19, 2022

Kent County Project Submissions Open - June 8 – July 5, 2022

We are asking that letters of support be addressed to the County Commissioners and copy the Upper Shore Regional Council.

County Commissioners of Kent County
Thomas Mason, President
Ronald H. Fithian, Member
Robert N. Jacob, Jr., Member
400 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620

Susan O’Neill, Executive Director
Upper Shore Regional Council
122 N. Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620

Overview, Instructions & Application

FAQs 

Project Submission


Required Documents for Project Submission
Please download and complete the following forms to be uploaded with your online Project Submission:

Demographic Form

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Upper Shore Agricultural Micro Grant Program (More Information for FY2023 Coming Soon)

Kent County Economic and 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 and the tri-county region.

Grant requests ranging from $2,500 up to a maximum of $10,000 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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New Vendor Form

Find out how to leverage your grant and investment further with MARBIDCO's

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

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