Grant money available for nonprofits in Washington County

HAGERSTOWN, MD – There’s money to be had if you are a nonprofit in Washington County, Maryland.

Funding through the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund is available to nonprofit organizations facing financial impacts from the coronavirus through the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Department of Housing and Community Development.

The grant will provide financing to organizations experiencing economic stresses in order to mitigate potential layoffs or organizational closures due to COVID-19. Eligible organizations may apply for funding up to $10,000. 

Eligible applicants must be a Maryland-based organization that represent businesses in the region they serve, which may include employer consortiums comprised of businesses who collectively meet the above qualifications, such as nonprofit or community-based organizations; industry associations; business leagues; destination marketing organizations; and local or regional economic development entities.

“If you are less than $5 million in revenue and have fewer than 50 employees, we have probably a million dollars still give or take to give out,” Paul Frey, president and CEO of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, told NewsTalk 103.7FM. “We received almost $9 million and not enough people, I think, know about it.”

Frey said applications may be found online at

“It’s very easy. It will probably take you 10 to 15 minutes to fill out,” he said.

“We want people to use all the grant money that’s available,” Frey added. “It’s a grant. You don’t have to pay it back.”