She said the hospitality industry is among the hardest hit due to COVID-19
Frederick, MD (KB) Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner has announced additional relief for the hospitality industry.
At a public information briefing on Thursday, she said the County has been allocated over $833,000 dollars from the State of Maryland for hotels and bed & breakfasts.
Gardner said these businesses have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Certainly the hospitality industry, as well as tourism, and our food service industries have been among the hardest hit,” she said.
Gardner said the State of Maryland established guidelines for businesses to meet in order to apply for the grant.
“An applicant must be either a hotel or bed & breakfast, must have a minimum of ten rentable sleeping rooms, and a bed & breakfast must have at least five rentable rooms,” Gardner explained.
She also said businesses that apply must have experienced at least a 25% loss in gross revenue from April – November 2020, as compared to gross revenue from April – November 2019.
“Businesses must be current in their payments of their hotel tax and be in good standing with the State of Maryland and with Frederick County to be eligible for a grant,” Gardner continued.
The County Executive said grant funding can be used to cover operating costs, as well as costs related to the pandemic.
She said the amount awarded to each business will vary based on demand and based on how many rentable rooms they operate.
Applications are open now and will close at 3PM on Thursday, February 11th.
Applications can be found online at: http://FrederickCountyMD.gov/HospitalityGrants
Gardner said all funds are expected to be distributed by February 26th.