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Kent CARES for Growth Grant (CLOSED)

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

The Kent CARES for Growth Grant offers funding to assist Kent County small businesses and non-profits with funding to pivot their business to improve operations in the post COVID-19 world.

Applications open June 29, 2020 at 10am and close on July 10, 2020 at 5pm. 

 

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APPLICATION

BUDGET FORM    Excel    PDF  Receipts do not have to be submitted with the grant application.  They will be needed for grant compliance.  They can be scanned or copied, we can assist.

W-9

W9s, budget forms, and receipts can be emailed to econdev@kentgov.org  

 

Kent County Marketing Grant (CLOSED)

The Kent County Marketing Grant Program offers marketing assistance to small businesses located in Kent County. The objective of the program is to educate small businesses on effective marketing and to directly provide expert marketing services to selected small businesses.

The application will open on June 22, 2020. APPLY HERE

  

Some of the educational resources provided by this program include:

    1. Three webinars on small business marketing, available to all Kent County businesses.

The expert marketing services given to selected small business applicants will include:

    1. Two one-on-one coaching calls
    2. Assistance in identifying marketing gaps, opportunities, and direction
    3. Assistance with the creation of a 90-day marketing plan for their business
    4. A business-specific messaging kit (including language suggestions, hashtags, SEO advice, keywords)
    5. Business-specific templates of social media posts (Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) and a press release template, including some social graphic elements designed by Octavo Designs
    6. A halfway point check in meeting to assess the efficacy of the 90-day marketing plan

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COVID Modification Reimbursement Grant (CLOSED)

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

The Kent County COVID Modification Reimbursement Grant offers reimbursement to assist Kent County small businesses and non-profits reimbursement for ‘COVID Friendly’ modifications.

Applications open June 22, 2020 at 10am and close on July 3, 2020 at 5pm. 

 

 

 

 

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APPLICATION

BUDGET FORM    Excel    PDF  Receipts do not have to be submitted with the grant application.  They will be needed for funds to be awarded.  They can be scanned or copied, we can assist.

W-9

W9s, budget forms, and receipts can be emailed to econdev@kentgov.org  

 

Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Grant Fund (CLOSED)

COVID 19 Graphic for Grant Fund

The County Commissioners of Kent County, Maryland recognize the distressing economic impacts of COVID-19. We are offering grant funds to impacted, local, for-profit, small businesses.

The Kent County Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Grant Fund offers working capital to assist Kent County for-profit, small businesses with disrupted operations due to COVID-19. Grant assistance is intended to provide interim relief complementing arrangements with the business’ bank, business interruption insurance, financial institutions, federal and state partners.

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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