Market Street Public House

The Market Street Public House in downtown Denton received special grant funding from Caroline County.

DENTON — The Caroline County Commissioners and Economic Development have announced $2.2 million in federal grant funding available for small businesses with disrupted operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These grants are intended to provide interim relief complementing actions with bank, business interruption insurance and financial partners. Grants awarded can be up to $20,000 and used to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations.

Some grants have already been approved for businesses.

“There have been four so far. There will be many more,” said Lucie Hughes of Caroline County Emergency OC. “The four so far have been Tenchi’s in Greensboro, the Market Street Pub in Denton, and Trenton Pipe in Federalsburg. And there have been four funded, and one just didn’t want press.”

On behalf of the commissioners, President Larry Porter said, “We are thrilled to be able to offer support to the business community during these challenging times. Our intent is to provide the support to help our neighbors and friends get their doors open and resume operations benefitting all the citizens of Caroline County.”

Caroline County has a variety of businesses that have been impacted in some way by COVID-19.

“The goal of this grant program is to help those organizations that have suffered economic injury due to COVID-19, and are the foundation of our community,” said Debbie Bowden, director of economic development. “There are businesses that were not able to get support from the federal or state programs, and those are the organizations we want to help.”

Bowden heard first-hand from organizations in her role as liaison officer for Caroline County’s COVID-19 response that the need for financial support is necessary to help the county’s economy level out and sustain during the long-term recovery and response.

Caroline County’s grant program is intended to fill the gaps for those who did not qualify for federal assistance. Per federal guidelines, if your business has received any federal COVID-19 assistance you are not eligible for these grants.

Additional grant information and first round applications are available at www.carolinebusiness.com and will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. June 15, 2020.

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