The Jump Start Grant Applications will OPEN 7:00 am on May 28th, 2020 and will CLOSE 11:59 pm on June 5, 2020). Please make sure to read the instructions and the Frequently Asked Questions before applying for any of the Jump Start grants.
Jump Start Business Grants are designed to provide financial assistance to Frederick County for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations, full-time farmers and Sole Proprietors (with commercial space) that have experienced significant financial loss caused directly or indirectly by the COVID 19 public health emergency. Eligible uses include expenditures related to reimburse for the costs of business interruption caused by the required business closures due to COVID 19. Currently these grants have a total of $5M to be awarded.
Three (3) grants opportunities:
Full-Time Farmer Grants
$6,000 to qualifying full-time farmers. Full-time farmers who have earned the majority of their gross income (51% or greater) from farming over the past 2 years qualify.
Small Business Grants
$10,000 for businesses with physical commercial space and with 10-50 employees, full or part-time. Businesses can be for-profit or nonprofit.
Micro Business Grants
$3,300 for businesses with 1-9 employees, including business owner. Employees can be W-2 or 1099 employees of a for-profit or nonprofit business, including sole proprietors. Micro Businesses must have physical commercial space to qualify.
The deadline to submit an application is 11:59 pm on June 5, 2020. Please note that while financial information will be kept confidential, the names of businesses receiving grants, and the amount they receive, are public information.
For questions regarding the Jump Start grants, please review the instructions and read the Frequently Asked Questions. If you need further assistance, email.