Allegany County Restaurant Relief Fund

The Allegany County Restaurant Relief Fund Grant provides financial relief to locally owned and operated businesses within the restaurant industry that have experienced significant economic hardship or unusual expenses because of COVID-19.

The relief program is funded through the State of Maryland’s Rainy Day Fund. Allegany County, Maryland, was awarded - $649,548. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualified applicants.

Grant Amounts:

$5,000 Grant for seasonal operations

$8,000 Grant for year-round operations

Deadline for Application:

Noon on Monday, December 14, 2020. Should the funds be depleted to qualified applicants before the deadline, the grant will close. 

By completing this application, the applicant accepts the following terms:

The following examples show that applicants are permitted to use awarded grant funds towards:

  • Working capital, such as rent, payroll, and job training.

  • Purchase of equipment and services to expand outdoor dining, such as tents, heaters, warmers, and carts.

  • Infrastructure improvements, such as HVAC system upgrades.

  • Technology to support carryout and delivery.

  • Purchase of PPE and disposable food containers and utensils.

  • Sanitization services.

The applicant is and will remain, in compliance with the laws of the Federal Government and the State of Maryland and its political subdivisions, including all laws prohibiting discrimination.

If any information or certification in the application or any attachments to the application are false or materially misleading, the Grantee shall repay any awarded grant funds back to Allegany County, Maryland, in the full amount.


The applicant must...

  • own, rent, or lease a permanent or mobile commercial food and/or beverage service location in Allegany County (non-profit organizations, commissaries, food banks, groceries, farmers markets, vending machines, catering, home kitchens, etc. are not eligible) 
  • not be a franchise or national chain (unless able to provide proof of local ownership and operation)
  • have a current Allegany County business license.
  • be operational and earning revenue in Allegany County
  • be in good standing with the State of Maryland and be current on all county tax liabilities, and have no open zoning or permitting code enforcement issues.

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