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As we face the uncertainty of this health crisis together, please know that the well-being of our constituents is of utmost importance to all of us here at the Chesapeake Bay Trust. We understand how tough the situation is that you and your loved ones may be facing. We understand that individuals, businesses, governments, and nonprofits are all hurting right now. 

At the Trust, we are spending this time working hard to keep the projects we fund going, to keep our nonprofit grantees who depend on the funds we send them whole, and to make sure that the Chesapeake and other natural resources keep improving so that when we can use them again, they will be there for us.  You may experience delays in your project as a result of the restrictions placed on all of us. We will make every effort to adjust the timeline and work directly with you, depending on the flexibility of the source(s) of funds associated with your award. 

Please consider how to meet the project goals using the current requirements and guidance from local, state, and federal resources for the best practices related to COVID-19. The projects that the Trust funds and the people coordinating them are resilient and our efforts will endure beyond this temporary challenge.

If current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are interfering with your report/deliverables completion schedule, please reach out to discuss with your program officer and/or formally request an extension through the Award Revision Request link in the online award portal.

As information becomes available, the Trust will post resources for grantees specific to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trust recommends that grantees thoroughly review the information within each link below to interpret its relationship to their specific needs. This is a fluid list that will be updated regularly.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Trust has received a number of questions from awardees. We recently held two webinars to address those most common questions and hear directly from the awardees to address questions and comments in real time.

See the Frequently Asked Questions here.
Watch a re-cap of one of the webinars here.

Economic Relief Programs

U.S. Small Business Administration: Paycheck Protection Program As of 04/16/20: the Small Business Administration’s PPP loan funds have presently been exhausted. However, Congressional action is expected soon to replenish the funds available for this program.
U.S. Small Business Administration: List of 100 Most Active Lenders
U.S. Small Business Administration: Disaster Assistance Funding Information
U.S. Small Business Administration: Disaster Loan Assistance
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Emergency Relief Grant Fund
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Corona Virus Emergency Loans
Maryland Small Business: COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund
Maryland Non-profit Development Center: Non-profit, Interest Free, Micro Bridge Loan
Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation:  COVID-19 Guidance and Resources
IRS: Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Corona Virus Disease 2019 Pandemic
State of Maryland: Impact of COVID-19 on Maryland Tax filing

Maryland business Relief Wizard: Find the right COVID-19 Resources for Your Business (added 04/15/20)

Overview Information


Stage One: Governor Hogan Announces Gradual Re-Openings: The Office of Governor Larry Hogan (added 05/18/20)

Fortune Magazine: SBA Small-Business Loans: 8 Things to Know About Paycheck Protection Program
State of Maryland: Information for Business
How the U.S. Treasury Department is Taking Action
Initial Allocations through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
Maryland Bank Association: Corona Virus Related Resources
The Maryland Department of Labor: Three new programs created under the federal CARES Act that expand unemployment benefits
Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance: 301-723-2000
U.S. Small Business Administration: Learning Center
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Small Business Guide and Checklist
Maryland Department of Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak (added 05/12/20)
The Office of Governor Larry Hogan: Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery (added 05/13/20)
Best practices for Maryland’s companies reopening in correlation with the COVID-19 outbreak: Back To Business (added 05/13/20)
The Office of Governor Larry Hogan: The Hogan Administration’s COVID-19 A-to-Z Resource Guide (added 05/13/20)

Information for Non-profit Organizations

What Non-profits need to know about About Coronavirus
Venable, LLP: How Do Non-profits Adapt to Crisis (added 04/15/20)

Chesapeake Bay Trust Leadership Best Practice Support

Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association: Best Practices for Maryland car dealerships
HeintzLantz, P.C.: CAREs Act Summary
Department of Natural Resources: Guidance on Governor Hogan’s Stay at Home Order
Venable LLP: CARE Act Provides Financial Relief for Nonprofit Organizations

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