COVID-19 Updates
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Visit Frederick (The Tourism Council of Frederick County) is the recognized Destination Marketing Organization for Frederick County, Maryland. It operates the Frederick Visitor Center and related programs such as TRIPP grants. Frederick County, Maryland is conveniently located less than one hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and nearby Gettysburg, Antietam, and Harpers Ferry.

COVID-19 Financial Relief Resources for Businesses

We want you to know, as a local stakeholder, that the Visit Frederick team is here for you. Our staff is working remotely, gathering and disseminating information, and identifying ways to urge people to help our many businesses that are being so negatively impacted.  The COVID-19 advisory page found on the Visit Frederick website continues to be a great resource, providing information regarding closings and event cancellations, as well as restaurants providing carryout/curbside pickup, and updates regarding Frederick County. 

For our business partners we have compiled a list of resources below that may provide you with assistance in the recovery of the COVID-19 impact.  Please check this page often as we will be updating it often.

Maryland Emergency Relief Fund Programs for Businesses

Maryland has authorized $130 million in loan and grant funding for small businesses and manufacturers that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These options are for Maryland-based businesses impacted by the Coronavirus with under 50 full- and part-time employees, or a Maryland manufacturer.  This emergency assistance provides interim relief and proceeds that can be used to pay cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs.

Maryland Department of Commerce Division of Unemployment Insurance

Governor Hogan announced new COVID-19 business relief programs on March 23. These resources are available through the Department of Commerce. Due to unprecedented volumes of claims, the Department of Labor has updated the process for applying for benefits.

Emergency SBA Loans

Frederick County businesses and nonprofits are now eligible to apply for emergency loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA). This program designation recognizes the catastrophic impact that shutdowns are having resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic.

This program, administered by the SBA, offers emergency loans at a deeply discounted interest rates for businesses and nonprofits covered by national declarations. Unlike other situations, a business does NOT need to have been turned down by a commercial lender in order to apply.

COVID-19 Resources for SBA Loans Webinar
Trust Financial in conjunction with the Frederick County Economic Development Office, the Frederick City Economic Development Office, The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Visit Frederick, and the Downtown Frederick Partnership offered Web Ex for Frederick County Small Businesses, COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses on March 27th. This is a recording of the session as well as the PowerPoint slides that were presented. The password is MxvN224@ and it is best to use a browser other than Internet Explorer.

COVID Collaborative Nonprofit Grant Applications 

The COVID Collaborative is administering a common grant application to support local eligible organizations impacted by COVID-19. The Phase I application is open through noon on April 3, 2020.  At least $100,000 will be available to support grants during Phase I. Minimum grant request is $500. A maximum request has not been specified. Partial funding of requests will be considered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Organizations can use this application to apply for emergency grants to support increases to demands in services and/or grants to support general operating expenses when revenues have been impacted by COVID-19-related closures. 

Applications will be collected by the Community Foundation and evaluated for funding by the COVID Collaborative funders, including The Community Foundation of Frederick County, the Ausherman Family Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., Helen J. Serini Foundation, Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, and United Way of Frederick County.

Maryland Coronavirus Information for Business

Maryland Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Labor, the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, and several other state agencies have a webpage dedicated to business resources during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On it you will find guidelines for employers, fair labor standards, information on insurance claims, opportunities for financial assistance, tax questions, and more.

After last week's passage of the CARES Act, we know that many of you have questions about what aid you qualify for and how you can apply for it. I wanted to share several U.S. Travel resources that may be able to help provide some answers and make sure our industry is getting the assistance it needs.


U.S. Travel hosted a webinar to highlight the provisions of the CARES Act for which travel industry companies are eligible. Please see helpful resources below to better equip your business and to take advantage of the assistance available and provide guidance on how to navigate the recently passed relief package.

• View the full slide deck outlining CARES Act provisions and eligibility.

• View an FAQ about the CARES Act.

• For the full recording with slides and audio, click here.


Visit Frederick would like to promote any Special Offers and Virtual Events you may have, please submit by logging into our Extranet with your log-in credentials at or contact Maria Lane at

Additional Resources

Frederick County OED Resources for Businesses

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

City of Frederick COVID-19 

Downtown Frederick Partnership COVID-19

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program 





Become a member today!

Visit Frederick is a public-private partnership dedicated to enhancing the economic benefit of tourism for Frederick County’s businesses, attractions, local governments, and residents. Membership is open to businesses and individuals interested in promoting tourism in Frederick County. 

Become a member of Visit Frederick today and help us increase local tourism revenues through your success! Annual Membership Payment is $50 per business. After filling out the online form, a staff member will contact you regarding your application for membership. 

Benefits To Tourism Related Businesses

  • FREE LISTING on, including the ability to upload multiple images, video, special offers and a full business description 
  • FREE LISTING in our Visitor Guide printed annually
  • Our Visitor Guide is the MAIN FULFILLMENT PUBLICATION given free of charge to all visitor inquiries. The guide is also mailed to potential visitors, distributed at the Frederick Visitor Center, Maryland State Welcome Centers, and at area businesses. A total of 150,000 guides are distributed each year
  • OPPORTUNITY TO DISPLAY YOUR BROCHURE in the Frederick Visitor Center, which greets tens of thousands of visitors each year, free of charge
  • UPDATES ON OUR MARKETING EFFORTS on your behalf, including Tourism Today, our quarterly newsletter
  • LEADS from trade shows for motorcoach, international and meetings markets
  • NETWORKING EVENTS held annually in the spring and fall

Already see your business and want to upgrade to a full listing with all of the benefits above? Contact us and find out how you can expand promotion of your business on our website.  

Questions? Contact Maria Lane, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, 301-600-4048.

To access the Extranet, available to members only, click here.

For information about grants, click here.