Caterers, Restaurants & Taverns Grant

Baltimore City will award up to $2,087,705.46 in total grant funds to Caterers, Taverns & Restaurants under this program. Grant funds have been made available by the State of Maryland, and restricted to COVID-related expenses incurred, or to be incurred, by qualifying grantees.

Application Period
The Grant Application Period will begin on May 3, 2021 and end on May 17, 2021 at 11:59PM. Grants WILL NOT BE AWARDED ON A FIRST-COME FIRST- SERVED BASIS. All applications received during the Grant Application Period will be considered. Any applications received after the end date will not be considered.

Please review the eligibility requirements and full Terms & Conditions before submitting an application. If your application was successfully submitted, you should see a notice on your screen stating that your application was submitted. You will not receive an email confirmation regarding the submission of your grant application.

All applicants will be notified via email regarding the final status of their grant application. Please check your junk or spam folder if you do not see any notification after the first week in June. If you have any questions not addressed by the Terms & Conditions document, please email

Click here to apply.

Small Business Technical Assistance
If you are a business in Baltimore City affected by COVID-19 and need assistance navigating and applying to the various available programs, please fill out our Technical Assistance web form opens a new tab to be contacted by BDC or one of our nonprofit technical assistance partners.


Second Round of Paycheck Protection Program

The application period for the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans is open and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until May 31, 2021. New borrowers and some existing PPP borrowers can apply.

For more information, please review our PPP fact sheet opens a new tab.

How to Apply
SBA is currently accepting Second Draw PPP loan applications from participating lenders. Check with your bank to inquire if they are doing PPP loans or go here opens a new tab to find a lender.

The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) is working directly with these Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) partners to extend PPP loans to new customers, with an emphasis on sole-proprietors and smaller businesses.

Other Federal Assistance Programs

The Small Business Administration currently has four active programs, the Paycheck Protection Program, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, COVID-19 EIDL, and Restaurant Revitalization Fund. For more information about these programs and details about cross-program eligibilityOpens a new tab, please visit the following links:

State of Maryland RELIEF Act Programs
The Relief Act of 2021 includes more than $1 billion in tax relief and economic stimulus for struggling families and small businesses who are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click hereOpens a new tab for a summary of the Relief Act programs.

BGE Energizing Small Business Grants
BGE has pledged $15 million to assist Maryland’s small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. Eligible businesses located in BGE’s service area can apply for a $20,000 BGE Energizing Small Business Grant Opens a new tab. This grant program is part of BGE's comprehensive Customer Relief and Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan, designed to help the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic. Application period will open on May 5.

Other Resources

Design for Distancing: Reopening Baltimore Together
BDC is partnering with Neighborhood Design Center to develop tactical design concepts for urban public space configurations that can be implemented to create safe, socially distancing patronage of small businesses in our Main Streets and commercial corridors. These design concepts will become part of a free digital Pattern Book with not just the designs, but also additional resources that anyone can use to implement these concepts. For more information about this initiative, please click here opens a new tab.

Maryland Manufacturing Network
Maryland Manufacturing Network is a platform for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) SUPPLIERS to share their current resources and capabilities and for BUYERS to identify these suppliers and share their current and upcoming needs. If you are either a supplier or someone interested in procuring PPE, please visit this site opens a new tab to register your business or to purchase PPE.

Maryland Small Business Development Center
Maryland SBDC has developed a COVID-19 Business Survival Guide that is updated as new information becomes available. Please click here opens a new tab to view the latest version of this guide.