American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant Programs 

 

*Temporary Closure* Smart Move Grant Program

The purpose of the Smart Move Grant Program is to provide financial support to businesses starting up or relocating to the City due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to support new business startups in order to fill commercial, office, and industrial vacancies within the City that are due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    

 

*OPEN* Business Facade Improvement Grant Program

The purpose of the Business Facade Improvement Grant Program is to provide funding to property owners to improve the appearance of commercial, office, and industrial properties located within the City that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 

*OPEN* Legacy Business Grant Program 

The purpose of the Legacy Business Grant Program is to provide funding to businesses that have been located within the City of Laurel for at least five (5) years and have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Main Street Grant Programs

 

*OPEN* Main Street Business Relocation Grant Program

The purpose of the Main Street Business Relocation Grant Program is to help defer the costs of physically moving an existing business to a vacant storefront or to assist in the start-up of a new business to a vacant storefront.

 

*OPEN* Main Street Façade Improvement Grant Program

The intent of the Main Street Façade Improvement Grant Program is to provide funding to improve the appearance of the Main Street area of the City.

 

*CLOSED* Main Street Business Recovery Micro-Grant Program 

The goal of this grant program is to provide the opportunity for Main Street businesses to increase their marketing presence through websites, façade improvements, social media, and in print.

 

*CLOSED* Main Street Strong COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program 

The goal of this Program is to provide financial support to businesses in the City of Laurel's designated Main Street area that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

*CLOSED* Main Street Marketing Technical Assistance Program

The goal of this Program is to provide the opportunity for Main Street businesses to increase their online presence and online sales by providing funds to pay for website and social media design, build, and maintenance. 

 

If a program is marked *CLOSED* then all funds have been awarded or disbursed. Some programs may re-open if additional funding is secured.

If a program is marked *OPEN* then that program is still accepting applications until all funds have been awarded or disbursed. 

 

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Economic & Community Development

    The Department of Economic and Community Development maintains and oversees the built environment within the City of Laurel. The department is responsible for zoning compliance, subdivision and development review, historic preservation review, economic development, affordable housing, and implementation of the City’s Master Plan. These activities are intended to improve the life quality in the City. Department staff strive to provide these services in a timely and efficient manner while promoting high-quality development which is compliant with State of Maryland regulations and statutes.