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Harford government offering COVID grants to support teleworking, online sales to businesses, nonprofits

Harford County government announced it would offer COVID-relief grants to nonprofits and local businesses to support teleworking and online sales.

The amount of the grants will depend on the number of applicants, the administration said in a news release. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Oct. 29.

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While the grant funds cannot be used to pay wages of teleworking employees, they can be used for website development, expansion to an e-commerce platform, equipment purchases like laptops or building up other remote work systems, the administration announced.

Grants can also be used as reimbursement for expenses incurred after March 2020 to establish or expand online sales and telework during COVID-19.

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To qualify for the grants, businesses must be located in Harford County and have been established before March 9, 2020, the administration said. Because of state requirements, priority will be given to businesses that have not received previous COVID-relief grants from the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Maryland Department of Labor or Harford County. Those with 20 or fewer employees, excluding the owner, will also get priority.

This is the second round of such grants administered by Harford County. Funding is from the federal American Rescue Plan Act via the Maryland Department of Commerce.

“Telework and online sales can be a lifeline for local organizations and these grants will help them stay viable in the pandemic and beyond,” County Executive Barry Glassman said in a statement.

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