EASTON — Small businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in Easton and Talbot County still have an opportunity to get some help.
The Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism has launched a new round for small businesses to apply for as much as $10,000 in grants to help with the costs and impacts of the coronavirus.
The assistance is through the Talbot CARES Small Business Emergency Relief Grant program. The county earmarked $1.2 million of its $6.4 million allocation from the federal CARES Act to help small businesses.
The county has already dispersed just under $850,000 to 90 small businesses.
The Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism and Talbot County Finance Office are managing the program. “Economic stability is one of the pillars of a vibrant, healthy community,” said Economic Development and Tourism Director Cassandra Vanhooser in a statement. “We are doing everything we can to help Talbot County’s businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic.”
To qualify, businesses need to show the pandemic has resulted in a revenue loss of 25 percent or more. The grants can help small businesses pay rent and other bills as well as with the costs of protective masks, cleaning supplies and other COVID related expenditures.
“We are pleased to see that this money is being put to good use in our community,” said Talbot County Council President Corey Pack in a statement. “It’s important that we reinvest in our businesses during these unprecedented times.”