Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund Grant

The Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund Grant provides financial relief to locally owned and operated restaurants, caterers, B&Bs with food service and food trucks that have experienced significant economic hardship or unusual expenses because of the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

The relief program is funded through Maryland’s Rainy Day Fund. The grant may be used for expenditures related to operational expenses, business interruption or unusual expenses incurred due to the public health emergency. Repayment is not required for any funds received through the grant program.

Grants will be awarded in the following categories and amounts:

  • Small restaurant (1 to 7 FTE employees): $10,000
  • Large restaurant (8 or more FTE employees): $15,000

Eligibility Criteria

Review the expanded eligibility criteria and additional FAQs and begin gathering the documents that will be needed to supplement your application. Please read the FAQs carefully prior to beginning the application process.

  • Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund FAQ (PDF)
    • Be in good standing with the State of Maryland (To check your current business status, visit;
    • Be current on all county tax liabilities;
    • Have no open zoning or permitting code enforcement issues;
    • Have a physical business presence in Calvert County;
    • Not be a franchise or national chain (unless able to provide proof of local ownership and operation);
    • Have at least one full-time equivalent W-2 employees;
    • Have not previously received restaurant grant funds in Round One.  (If funding remains after the initial application window closes at 11:59 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2021, grants will be provided to previous recipients on a first come, first served basis.)

To Apply

The application portal is now closed. If you have applied for a grant, we appreciate your patience as we review and process all applications as quickly as possible.

At this time, the restaurant portal will NOT reopen for a Round Three.

For questions, please email or businesses may contact the Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583; nonprofits may contact the Department of Community Resources at 410-535-1600, ext. 8803. 

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For More Information

For business assistance, call the Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583.