Charles County COVID 19 Restaurant Relief Grants

Deadline for applications: Monday, November 30 at 5 p.m.

This grant program is exclusively for Charles County restaurants.  It was created by Governor Larry Hogan who designated $50 million to assist restaurants throughout the State of Maryland.  Charles County Government received roughly $1.1 million of those funds for grants to restaurants in Charles County. You must have been in business as of October 2019.


Full service, limited service restaurants, and caterers who are approved for the grant will receive a minimum of $10,000.  Additional funds may be disbursed to those businesses depending on availability and business size. 

Carry-out only operations, food trucks, and craft beverage tap rooms may also apply for this grant,  and upon approval, will receive $5,000.

The grant funds may be used for such expenses as:

  • Working capital, such as rent, payroll, and job training
  • Purchase of equipment and services to expand outdoor dining, such as tents, heaters, warmers, and carts
  • Infrastructure improvements, such as HVAC system upgrades
  • Technology to support carryout and delivery
  • Purchase of PPE if not available from the Charles County Health Department
  • Purchase of disposable food containers and utensils
  • Sanitization services


Applications will be accepted between Monday, November 9, 2020 at 9 a.m. and Monday, November 30, 2020 at 5 p.m.  No applications will be accepted after 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 30, 2020. 

Read the FAQs for more information.  For assistance, contact Chief of Business Development Lucretia Freeman-Buster at or 301-885-1344.



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