August 4th MD Dept. of Commerce Updates
Westminster, MD
08/04/2020 10:11 AM

August 04, 2020

Join Us With “Masks On Maryland”:

The new statewide campaign, which promotes social distancing, face coverings, and CDC hygiene practices, includes a series of announcements being aired throughout the state on local radio stations, as well as social media outreach through #MasksOnMaryland. To learn more about outreach efforts and listen to radio announcements, go here.

Governor Issues Emergency Order to Prohibit Blanket School Closures:

Governor Larry Hogan yesterday issued an amended emergency order ensuring that local schools and school systems retain the primary authority to initially determine when to safely reopen their facilities for in-person instruction based on public health guidance. Read the governor’s order.

Innovation Uncovered: Nominate a Maryland Startup:

Maryland Department of Commerce is searching for the “Maryland Future 20,” a list of innovative Maryland startups with the potential to become the state’s next major business success story. Members of Maryland’s business community and the general public can nominate a startup on the Innovation Uncovered website. Governor Hogan will announce the Maryland Future 20 in Fall 2020.

August 03, 2020

Maryland Department of Labor Announces 13 Weeks of Extended Unemployment Benefits Available for Eligible Claimants:

Maryland has begun offering an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits through the Federal-State Extended Benefits program. Under federal and state law, the Extended Benefits program is available for claimants who have exhausted both their 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits and 13 weeks of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) assistance.

Upon exhausting both regular and PEUC benefits, MD Labor will issue written notification to all potentially eligible claimants informing them they can apply for the Extended Benefits program in their BEACON One-Stop account. If a claimant is determined to be eligible, the weekly benefit amount will be the same as the claimant received under the regular and PEUC programs.

Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative DEADLINE EXTENDED:

Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) assists nonprofit organizations whose critical operations have been financially impacted by COVID-19. DHCD has extended the application deadline for the initial round of assistance. Applications may be submitted until tomorrow, August 4, 2020, 12:00 Noon. Details here. Email questions to


Additional COVID-19 funding available for 501(c)(6) organizations:

A third round of emergency relief funding through NORI will soon be available to assist local 501(c)(6) nonprofit associations that have been negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland.

Approved applicants can receive up to $10,000 in grant funding for quarterly operating expenses. Applications will be available on the OneStop portal beginning August 17 and will be accepted through August 24 at 5:00 PM. Unlike previous rounds of funding where applications were awarded on a first-come first-served basis, this round will be scored and approved based on specific criteria established by MD Commerce. Details here.


The Carroll County Health Department is soliciting interested applicants who meet the criteria for reimbursement under the CARES Act, CRF Fund for limited Personal Protective Equipment supplies. See

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