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HoCo Rise Howard County Business Grants

HoCo RISE Grant Round 2 applications are now closed as of November 29th.

The below information were the instructions for round 2 applications.

If you are an EXISTING RECIPIENT of the RISE Grant:

You must re-certify your application and eligibility. Details on individual re-certification have been emailed (from: support@hceda.org), text messaged, and phoned to all existing recipients. For more information visit the Recertification Page. All re-certifications must be completed accurately and in their entirety by 11:59pm November 29th, 2020. More information here: www.hceda.org/recert. Please note: The business must be in “Good Standing” with Howard County and the State of Maryland at the time of application or they will not be eligible to receive the grant.

If you are applying to be a NEW RECIPIENT of the RISE Grant:

First, check whether your type of business is eligible under the HoCo RISE Grant by checking the Business Activity Code Identification and Grant Requirements.

If your business type qualifies, select the appropriate grant type below to carefully review the grant instructions, collect the required documents, and begin your application. All applications must be completed accurately and in their entirety by 11:59pm November 29th, 2020. Please note: The business must be in “Good Standing” with Howard County and the State of Maryland at the time of application or they will not be eligible to receive the grant.

FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS: HoCo Rise Storefront Retail and Service Business Grant

FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS: HoCo Rise Restaurant Direct Relief Grant

FIRST TIME APPLICANTS- HoCo Rise Farm Grant

FIRST TIME APPLICANTS- HoCo Rise Hotel Grant

FIRST TIME APPLICANTS- HoCo Rise Child Care Provider Grant

HoCo Rise Chambers and Business Associations Grant (For the first time, Howard County will also be opening the HoCo RISE Grant to business associations. All previous rules apply.)

Grant Value:

The Round 2 grant values are estimated to be between $10,000 and $17,000 for restaurants, $10,000 for business associations, and $3,000 and $6,000 for retail storefronts, farms, hotels, and childcare providers.


The purpose of these grant is to provide financial assistance to Howard County businesses in targeted sectors that have been most impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency and plan to re-open. Because of the limited funding available, eligible sectors have been identified and the grant formula is intended to distribute funds to all qualified businesses in that cohort. These grants are for locally-owned storefront retail, restaurants, and farmers that have experienced significant financial loss caused directly or indirectly by the COVID-19 public health emergency.