BALTIMORE, MD (Thursday, May 6, 2021) — Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced today that Baltimore City will issue over $2 million in additional grant funding to caterers, restaurants and taverns. The funds, which were made available by the State of Maryland, are restricted to COVID-related expenses of qualifying grantees. Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) will administer the grants.

“Small businesses are the backbone of a healthy Baltimore economy and our road to recovery must run through them. But further support is required to navigate the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “The additional resources from the State of Maryland are critical to helping homegrown businesses stay afloat and preserving our local economy in Baltimore.”

The two-week grant application period started on Monday, May 3, 2021 and will end on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Grants will not be awarded on a first come first served basis. All applications received during the grant application period will be considered.

“Through this grant program, the city will be able to support more of its most vulnerable businesses and the communities they serve,” said Colin Tarbert, President and CEO of BDC. “BDC remains committed to helping these businesses emerge as strong as possible from the effects of COVID-19.”

Businesses should review the eligibility requirements and the full terms and conditions, which can be found at All applicants will be notified via email regarding the final status of their grant application.