Homegrown Harford Farm Relief Grant Program

The Program
The Homegrown Harford Farm Relief Grant Program is available to help small farms impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and made possible through the CARES Act. Harford County will administer grants of $2,500 each to as many as 200 eligible Harford County farm busineses through an application process. Applicants should thoroughly review the eligibility and application process below and read the Frequently Asked Questions as applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Submission of an incomplete or inaccurate application may result in ineligibility for program funding. Harford County is committed to timely review and processing to ensure award recipients can apply this resource to the successful continuation of farm business operations. 

Please note: Any farm business meeting the eligibility requirements for the Small Business Relief Grant is welcome to apply for that grant. However, businesses may only apply for one of the grants offered - applying for both will jeopardize your opportunity for funding through this grants initiative.

Grant Terms 
Harford County will provide a $2,500 Farm Relief Grant to a farm business that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If a farm business closes permanently before receiving the Homegrown Harford Farm Relief fund or, if a farm business is currently closed and does not re-open within 30 days of receiving funds (or within 30 days of Governor’s announcement to lift closure orders), the Homegrown Harford Farm Relief Grant funds must be returned to Harford County. 

Use of Funds
The grant funds must be solely used for expenditures that occur between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020 and fall under one or more of the following categories:
  • Payroll;
  • Operating Expenses;
  • Business Lease or Rent;
  • Business telework equipment cost;
  • Inventory Acquisition (inventory needed to reopen or maintain open status);
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) purchase; and
  • Facility Readiness (social distancing preparedness, business modifications, etc.). 
For further information, please visit the U.S. Treasury's April 22, 2020 Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments at https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Coronavirus-Relief-Fund-Guidance-for-State-Territorial-Local-and-Tribal-Governments.pdf, or the U.S. Treasury's Frequently Asked Questions page at https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Coronavirus-Relief-Fund-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf.

Eligibility
To qualify, a farm must:
  • Be in good standing with the State of Maryland and Harford County and registered with the state, if required to do so by law. Visit https://dat.maryland.gov/businesses/Pages/Internet-Certificate-of-Status.aspx to obtain certificate of status (Certificate of Good Standing may be provided via screenshot or printed from the webpage – no need to pay for official certificate);
  • Be an operating farm in Harford County with 10+ acres used primarily for agriculture and/or zoned for agriculture; 
  • Not have received funding from any other Harford County COVID-19 Business Relief Grant. (Any farm business meeting the eligibility requirements for the Small Business Relief Grant is welcome to apply for that grant. However, businesses may only receive funding from one of the grants offered.)

    Businesses who have received previous state or federal COVID support are still eligible to receive the Homegrown Harford Farm Relief Grant from Harford County.
If you have carefully reviewed the program eligibility guidelines and determined your business does not qualify for this funding source, please visit https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business to be redirected to the State of Maryland’s Coronavirus Information for Business website. The site is updated with new information frequently and features federal and state funding programs as well as the Maryland Unemployment Insurance portal.

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Required Supporting Documentation

  • Fully completed application 
  • Must be in good standing with the State of Maryland and Harford County, and registered with the state, if required to do so by law. Certificate of Good Standing (Certificate of Good Standing may be provided via screenshot or printed from the webpage – no need to pay for official certificate- https://dat.maryland.gov/businesses/Pages/Internet-Certificate-of-Status.aspx;
  • Completed Tax Returns for most recent tax year, including Schedule F if applicable;
  • Completed W9 form (click to download fillable form); and
  • Completed Direct Deposit Form (click to download fillable form). The Direct Deposit Form is also known as the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Form.
  • Please note: The subject line of your email submission should read your business name  
 To Apply
Submit COMPLETE AND ACCURATE application with all required supporting documentation via email to: farmrelief@harfordcountymd.gov with your business name as the subject line. It is imperative that all applicants ensure the accuracy of their legal business name and address when completing and signing their application, W9, and Direct Deposit/EFT forms. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application may preclude you from being awarded grant funds from this program. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 4

Harford County will ONLY ACCEPT ELECTRONIC, TYPED SUBMISSIONS with the exception of legal INKED signatures at farmrelief@harfordcountymd.gov. All forms have been made fillable for convenience. No handwritten forms will be accepted. Please label your email subject line with the business legal name to ensure expediency. 

Review
Applicants will receive email notifications confirming receipt of their application. If an incomplete application is received, the applicant will be notified of the issue and asked to resubmit. However, the applicant’s place in the queue will not be saved.

If you need assistance with assessing your eligibility or compiling the needed documents for your application, we advise that you first consult with your financial or legal advisers.

To learn more, review the Frequently Asked Questions or email COVIDgrantquestions@harfordcountymd.gov.