Charles County COVID 19 Hotel Relief Grants

Round 1:  Monday, January 25, 2021 through Monday, February 15, 2021 5 p.m.

Round 2Applications are now being accepted for Round 2 this week,  Monday, February 22, 2021 through Friday, February 26, 2021.

This grant program is exclusively for Charles County accommodation providers.  The State of Maryland has provided funding to the Counties exclusively for this purpose.  Charles County Government received roughly $400,000 for this program.

GRANT AMOUNT

Each approved applicant will receive a grant amount based on the number of rooms in their facility, provided they meet all eligibility criteria.  The maximum grant amount is in Round 1 is $32,356.

ELIGIBILITY

  • All accommodation businesses that meet the following criteria and correctly submit their applications by the deadline will receive a grant award.
  • Applicant businesses must have a hotel/motel, bed & breakfast property located within Charles County and be subject to Charles County’s accommodations tax.
  • Eligible hotel properties must have been in business prior to April 1, 2019 and have evidence of room bookings in 2019.
  • Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate a reduction in year-over-year gross revenue of at least 25% for the period of April 2020 - November 2020 compared to the gross revenue of April 2019 - November 2019. 
  • Business must be registered with the state of Maryland and in the state database (SDAT) and must be in good standing at the time of the application.
  • Any hotel ownership group located outside Charles County must certify that grant dollars awarded through this program will only support the business operations of their Charles County hotel properties.
  • If applicant’s property has outstanding taxes with the County, the County reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to decline to issue a grant to such Applicant.
  • Hotels must have at least ten (10) sleeping rooms, and bed & breakfasts must have at least five (5) sleeping rooms.
  • Businesses must be open to the public for the provision of accommodations by no later than March 31, 2021.
  • Owners may apply for more than one property but must submit separate applications for each.

USE OF FUNDS

  • Normal operating costs, such as rent, payroll, job training, taxes, debt service, or similar costs
  • Purchase of PPE, sanitization services, or other COVID-19 related costs, provided they are not able to acquire this from the Charles County Health Department

ROUND 2

Applications are now being accepted for Round 2 during the week of February 22 – 26, 2021.  Grant amount criteria will remain the same for first time applicants.  Returning applicants may be eligible to receive additional funding based on the number of accommodation rooms in their facility and the amount of remaining funds after all first time grants have been approved.  Applicants may designate their desire to participate in Round 2 on their Round 1 applications.  The maximum grant amount in Round 2 is $32,356.

No applications will be accepted after 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2021. 

To apply for the HOTEL RELIEF GRANT, contact Chief of Business Development Lucretia Freeman-Buster at BusterL@MeetCharlesCounty.com or 301-885-1344.

 

 

 

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