MD-SERI Grant Program for Main Street Small Businesses
Application Process and Eligibility
Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street (HLMS) has the opportunity to disperse Covid Emergency Relief Grants for Main Street Communities, funded by the State of Maryland to support local businesses within the HLMS catchment area. HLMS represents one of the largest designated Baltimore City Main Streets covering over 1.5 miles in length. The need-based grant will be awarded through a grant application process open to all eligible businesses based on the criteria explained below. A portion of the money will be used to provide advertising and other activities that will broadly benefit all HLMS businesses.
HLMS has created an objective, transparent process for determining which applicants are eligible and will be awarded using a scoring rubric. The grant will be administered by HLMS staff and board members. There are three deadlines you can pick from, March 12nd, March 26th, and April 16th at 5:00 PM. Applications will remain open and awards will be given out on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.
All application information disclosed to HLMS will be kept strictly confidential and not be sold or otherwise released to any entity other than requirements for complying with grant reporting for this grant. Documentation showing need will be required to receive funds. After grant funding is utilized, additional documentation will be requested to show proper use of grant funds.
About the Grant:
SERI grants are one-time awards with no repayment due. Grant funds are awarded based on need. Grant funding will be available to industries and businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, based on the criteria set forth. At this time and contingent on multiple factors, it is estimated each grant award will not exceed $1,000. HLMS cannot guarantee that all applications will be funded nor the full requested amount will be awarded. If any funds remain at the end of the program, requests for additional funding for specific or extraordinary cases will be heard by the grant review committee.
A committee will meet on a regular basis or as needed to review applications. All applications will be scored according to a points system scoring matrix. An impartial grant review committee will review grant applications immediately after the 2 deadlines in March, and every month thereafter. Businesses will receive scoring points for specific needs and COVID-19 related revenue reductions or increased expenses. Businesses who have applied for but have not received other grants/loans/funding from other sources or who were not eligible for other funding sources will be prioritized. Business required to be closed for extended periods of time based on State and/or local regulations will also be prioritized.
Due to the competitive nature of this grant, not all applicants may receive a grant award.
Grant Info Session- Learn more more SERI
Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 PM
Thursday, March 25 at 8:00 AM
Wednesday, April 7 at 8:00 PM
Please join an optional virtual meeting to learn more about the grant application and process. There will be time for questions and answers. Community news and updates will be shared as well.
Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85494543376
Meeting ID: 854 9454 3376
How to Apply
Step 1: Complete form online. LINK HERE
Or download FORM HERE. Paper copies are available upon request. Forms can be dropped off or emailed to HLMS.
Step 2: Schedule one-on-one meeting with HLMS staff to review application. Meeting can be done virtually or in-person. Please contact us if you do not hear back 5 business days after your submission.
Step 3: Submit requested documentation/paperwork
Step 4: Pick up your check or receive a check by mail
Step 5: After funds are expended, submit receipts or documentation to HLMS. Must provide this proof of funds used 30 days after, or before June 15, 2021, which ever comes first.
Step 6: Complete program survey. Must be completed 30 days after funds are used, or before June 15, 2021, which ever comes first.
Questions? Contact HLMS staff
Regina Lansinger, Director
Questions regarding eligibility
Julie Lin, Program Manager
Technical Assistance, online issues, or application