American Recovery Act – Online Sales or Telework Grant Program (Closed)

The County Commissioners of Kent County, Maryland recognize the distressing economic impact COVID-19 continues to have on businesses. Through the Maryland Department of Commerce, the American Recovery Act provided funding for Online Sales and Telework to assist businesses and nonprofits in setting up or expanding an online sales framework and offering employees telework opportunities and will be dispersed through the Economic and Tourism Development Department.

Applications re-open September 23, 2021, at 8 am, and close September 27, 2021, at 5 pm.

Information Required to Complete this Application:
●   Federal Tax ID # (EIN)
●   Contact Information
●   Business Mailing and Physical Address
●   Number of employees
●   Completed W-9 & Demographic Forms
●   Documentation/Explanation to Demonstrate the Need for Assistance   






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

Maryland Recovery Now – Nonprofit (Closed)

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has been authorized to distribute $20 million in state Recovery Funds to local governments to provide grants to nonprofits that can demonstrate need and are actively engaged in providing services and impacting Maryland’s economic recovery. Kent County’s award amount is $64,251. Check back soon for further details.

The local grant program shall allow for reimbursable expenses related to COVID-19 from March 2020 through December 31, 2021, as long as those expenses have not already been supported by other COVID-19 relief funding.

Applications open May 24, 2021 at 8 am and close May 31 2021 at 5 pm.





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


Upper Shore Agricultural Micro Grant Program (Applications Open December 2021)

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


Reimbursement Request

Final Reporting Form


New Vendor Form

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Local Government Agriculture & Resourse-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.

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.

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.

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)