With new restrictions looming, Baltimore opens up state-backed grants to restaurants
Monday, November 9, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Monday announced how the city will dole out $6.5 million in state funding to the city’s restaurants.
“This pandemic has been extremely tough on everyone,” Young said in a statement. “Frontline workers, students, teachers, older adults, residents experiencing homelessness, and our local businesses have all been greatly impacted by COVID-19. The government’s role at times like these is to continue to support those communities and provide resources to lessen the impact.”
On Thursday, Young’s latest order goes into effect, limiting occupancy in restaurants and other establishments to 25%, closing bars not licensed for food service and cutting off indoor dining after 10 p.m.
“So, at this time, even though we are tightening restrictions that will further impact our restaurants we are excited to be able to provide some relief for the industry,” Young said. “These grants will prioritize those restaurants who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and who have been unable to access other grants or assistance programs.”
The Baltimore Development Corporation will administer the grants. Applications for the $50,000 grants will be accepted from Thursday through Nov. 24. The grants will not be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. A portion of the money will also go to the Baltimore Public Markets.
“Baltimore Development Corporation made a deliberate decision to review and evaluate every application to ensure a more equitable distribution of funds,” said Colin Tarbert, president and CEO of BDC. “Restaurants and their employees have been some of the hardest-hit as a result of COVID-19 and these grants will help restaurants offset their losses and stay open and maintain employment.”
More information is available on the BDC website.