In partnership with the State of Maryland, Discover Easton has secured $245,000 to be awarded to Easton‘s downtown businesses. These one-time, no repayment grants are meant to help our independent merchants in Easton‘s historic downtown fight through the toughest time many of them have ever faced.
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Priority will be given to the industries identified above, as well as those that have adapted to COVID-19. Awardees will be required to complete a disbursement form and must be able to produce receipts within 60 days of disbursement. Awardees will be required to report employment and business data for a final report. Notification of award will be made within 30 days of application deadline. Awardees also consent to be included in future marketing and promotional materials for Discover Easton.
The grant money is open to most businesses within Easton‘s Main Street District boundaries (see map). Priority will be given to businesses that are the owner‘s primary source of income and to retailers, restaurants, barbershops/hair salons with a physical, first-floor storefront, however all are encouraged to apply. Grants are expected to be up to $5,000. Not sure if you qualify? Please email Discover Easton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Almost all Main Street/downtown businesses are eligible, however the following are excluded from this round of grant funding:
– Not-for-profit organizations
– Multi-level Marketing businesses
– Banks and Financial Institutions
– Residential and Commercial Real Estate Firms
– Investment real estate entities
– National corporations
– Government agencies
This grant funding can be used for:
– Maintaining payroll and/or retaining employees during business disruptions or substantial shutdowns
– Meeting increased costs to obtain materials unavailable from the applicant‘s original source due to interrupted supply chains.
– Making rent or mortgage payments
– Repaying obligations that cannot be met due to revenue losses or business disruptions.
– Purchasing PPE or spending on safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Includes assets to keep customers safe during the pandemic (e.g. outdoor heaters for restaurant applicants)