The City of Annapolis understands that COVID-19 will have a significant impact on our local businesses and their employees. Below, please find important workforce resources, ways to apply for grants, and information to help during this time.
Check the Status of Your Maryland COVID-19 Loan/Grant
- All businesses that have submitted an application for the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan/Grant can now check the status of that application by signing up for a Maryland OneStop account through the Maryland OneStop Portal.
Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
- Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation is working to compile information about businesses and organizations affected or impacted by COVID-19 through an . This information will be provided to county, state, and federal resource partners.
Bankrate: How you can help small businesses impacted by COVID-19
Comptroller of Maryland
- Most due to prolonged economic distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including business-related tax filing deadlines. A June 1 extension applies to certain business returns with due dates during the months of March, April and May 2020 for businesses filing sales and use, withholding, admissions & amusement, alcohol, tobacco, and motor fuel taxes, as well as tire recycling fee and bay restoration fee returns. Business taxpayers who file and pay by June 1 will receive an automatic waiver of interest and penalties. Taxpayers requiring assistance should contact Taxpayer Services at 410-260-7980 or via email at .
Maryland Department of Commerce
- A new page on Maryland Business Express portal features several resources available for business throughout the state, including guidelines for employers, fair labor standards, information on insurance claims, opportunities for financial assistance, tax questions, and more. To learn more about Commerce’s visit our page.
Internal Revenue Service
- The IRS has established a focused on steps to help businesses and other taxpayers affected by the Coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available. The Department of Treasury also has a resource page at .
US Small Business Administration
- For information on the visit the page.
- Learn more about to Plan and Respond to COVID-19.
- Maryland’s SBDC has also created a .
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
US Department of Labor
- The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies, and their effects on wages and hours worked under the and job-protected leave under the .
- The responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers. The bill takes effect April 2, 2020 and these provisions will apply through December 31, 2020. For more information, see .
Maryland Department of Labor
- Visit the about COVID-19 and Maryland’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits Administration – Unemployment Insurance.
- The is fully operational. Employees who have been laid off can file a claim immediately (there is no waiting period) by phone or online (recommended). Eligible Marylander’s will be paid benefits through the first day after they were laid off. The state has temporarily waived all work-search requirements for unemployment insurance benefit recipients.
Expansion of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Under the New CARES Act
- The federal government recently passed the , which includes an expansion of unemployment insurance benefits for Marylanders. The Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor opted into providing ALL three of the expanded unemployment insurance programs offered through the provisions of the CARES Act.
Maryland Insurance Administration
Maryland Department of Health
- As part of the state’s overall response to the coronavirus, and in an effort to prioritize health and safety, has opened a new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders.
Maryland Department of Human Services
- The (DHS) is the state’s primary social service provider. The Department aggressively pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults
- The (SNAP), called the Food Supplement Program (FSP) in Maryland, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health. Everyone has the right to apply for FSP.
Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation
- offers resources and assistance for job seekers, and maintains a resource page for COVID-19.
- AAWDC’s Business & Industry Solutions team is available to assist with workforce challenges. Please fill out this and an AAWDC Business Solutions team member will reach out to with resources and services to help.
- AAWDC also keeps a list of current .
Community Action Agency of Anne Arundel County
- For Anne Arundel County residents who require , please call 410.626.1900. Press #3 to reach Energy Assistance staff and press #4 to reach a member of our Housing Assistance and Services staff.
Check out these resources for free at-home workouts, including some from local businesses. You’ll find a variety of healthy and fun activities perfect for everyone in the family. Doing these workouts virtually with friends or family that you may be social distancing from is a great way to stay connected!
- Mental Health Information (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
At-Home Workouts from What’s Up
- You can find a variety of free workouts here.
Variety of Free Online Yoga Classes
Kid-Friendly Exercise Ideas
- Keeping kids entertained and healthy while spending most of your time at home can be tricky, check out these great ideas to get the whole family involved here.
- The YWCA is providing all our services including emergency residential placement. The balance of our services is available remotely via secure video chat or phone. Want to support the YWCA to keep these services going? Donate and share our special campaign here.
Anne Arundel County Food Bank
- The (AACFB) ensures that all those in need have access to food, nutritional supplements, and baby food.
Virtual Maps Anne Arundel County
- Food distribution, Care centers, Pet and Child resources
- Annapolis Restaurants With Available Services
Local Food Pantries
- Find food pantries distributing food in Anne Arundel County here.
- Emergency Preparedness Food Pantry Information is available here.
Educational and Fun Activities
Hands-on Outdoor Learning
- Check out this link with a variety of outdoor activities to help your children to learn, grow, and get some fresh air here.
- Venture outdoors and find a variety of materials to use in these crafts.
- Anne Arundel County Public Library (digital assets, remote storytimes, etc.)
- Virtual Events (Spreadsheet by MD Dept. of Commerce)
- Downloadable Creativity Pack
- Annapolis Streaming (FB page with musicians and artists performing live online)
- Live Arts Maryland “Quanrantiny” Concerts (SoundCloud)
- Maryland Hall Artist Interviews
Bring The Museum Home
- Virtual Tours National Parks
- The National Aquarium
- Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute
- Port Discovery at Home Play
- Virtual Tour: The Mob Museum
- Smithsonian Channel Has Released 68 Free ‘Aerial America’ Episodes
- 12 Virtual Disneyland Rides That You Can Enjoy At Home Without A FASTPASS
- Google Arts and Culture – Museums from Around the World
- Virtual tour of the Carlsbad Caverns
- Virtual tour the Catacombs of Paris
- Wondrous Museums You Can Visit From Your Couch Right Now
- Online Walking Tours (Worldwide virtual walking tours led by certified and licensed guides)
- Virtual Field Trips:
How To Help
Coming together as a community now is more important than ever. As a part of Annapolis Strong, please check out these resources for information to make monetary donations, donate blood, and any other donations the county is asking for.
- Blood Donation At AAMC
- Community Response Fund from AAMC
- Maryland Help Site
- Blood and Monetary Donations
- Maryland Hall “Pay It Forward”
- Feed Anne Arundel
- Heritage Baptist Church Food Pantry
- Maryland Unites
- Anne Arundel Medical Center Needs
- Creating Communities Art & Educational Supplies Low Income Annapolis Children (Amazon)