The following was announced in the Howard County Executive “Ball Bulletin” via email:

Over the past 11 months, we’ve seen our business community adapt, shift on a dime, and work through the challenges of this pandemic. But amid nearly a year of uncertainty, and an unpredictable future, our business community has been through the wringer.

Since July, we have provided more than $13.5 million in CARES Act Funding to our restaurants, small-retailers, farms, hotels, live venues, and childcare providers – but we’re not stopping there. Last week, we announced more than $5 million in additional grants to support our small businesses, hotels, and restaurants.

Grants for small businesses and restaurants are targeted towards those who have not received a HoCo RISE grant before. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on March 5th. Learn more about these grants and apply here.


HoCo Rise Round 3 funding includes $2 million in County funds for businesses, $1.5 million from the State for restaurants, and $1.6 million from the State for hotels.

This third round of HoCo RISE Business Grants, Howard County is targeting our businesses that did not previously receive a grant. For local small businesses, the County is providing $5,000 grants, including to home-based businesses in Howard County. Restaurants who have not received a grant before will be eligible for a $13,500 grant. Local hotels are eligible for a grant, even if they’ve received one before.

You can submit your application here:

Scott E


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