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Posted on: October 8, 2020

City Opens Second Round of Microgrant Program with Adjusted Criteria

The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development’s Back In Business Conditional Grant Program has re-opened its application portal with expanded eligibility requirements.

The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development announces the launch of Round Two of the COVID-19 Back In Business Conditional Microgrant Program. The microgrant program, which utilizes funds from Federal CARES Act through the State of Maryland and Frederick County, is designed to financially assist City-based small businesses that have been substantially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Following the close of the program’s first round for priority funding, Round Two will feature widened criteria. Altered program criteria include:  

  1. Employee count may be up to 50 FTEs (full-time equivalent) 
  2. Regarding revenue reporting July 2019 vs. July 2020 – The applicant must be able to show a decrease in revenue from the previous year. This is a removal of the requirement to demonstrate 25% loss of revenue.  
  3. Applicants may now have received local grants previously via other City/County grants; applicants will still have to adhere to guidelines regarding allowable expenditures for which the grant award may be applied.

Unawarded applicants from Round I that meet these revised eligibility requirements will be automatically entered in the Round II lottery. 

Applications for the Back In Business Conditional Microgrant Program: Round Two will be taken through an online web portal starting at 3 PM today - Thursday, October 8, 2020 through Friday, October 16, 2020 at 12 PM (noon).

Businesses are encouraged to submit their application and backup information any time during the application period. The conditional grant awards will be made once the application period has closed using a random lottery system from the entire pool of eligible applicants. The micro-grants shall only be used by the recipients to pay business rent or mortgage, utility costs, as well as equipment & supplies needed to address safe COVID-19 operations. 

In addition to the criteria stated above, to be eligible for the microgrant program, businesses must be a registered business entity in good standing with the State of Maryland, must have a physical establishment within The City of Frederick, and have been established prior to July 1, 2019. Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE's) are encouraged to apply. DED staff is ready and willing to assist businesses navigate the application process.

The following entities are not eligible: home-based businesses, banks & financial institutions, real-estate investment entities, food trucks, and government agencies. 

Comprehensive program information – as well as the application form - can be found at

Limited grant funds are available. Awardees will be required to complete a disbursement form and must be able to produce proof of payment for eligible expenditures. The microgrant program criteria may be amended from time to time at the discretion of the City of Frederick’s Department of Economic Development based on community need, business demand and availability of resources.  

The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development strives to increase economic opportunity for Frederick by supporting and promoting a community where businesses and residents can thrive. For additional questions about the Back In Business Conditional Microgrant program or other services, contact the Department of Economic Development at 301-600-6362.  

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