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SEE UPDATED CECIL CARES APPLICATION – having applied for  “other funding”, such as PPP, is not a qualification criteria. The application has been revised accordingly. Sorry for any confusion. 

Cecil CARES is a $1 million grant program to assist for-profit small businesses, including farm operations, through this COVID-19 crisis.  The grants will be for $10,000 per business.  The grant proceeds will be administered to the first 100 qualified and complete applications that are received.  Grant applications will be accepted first come, first served starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020.  Links to the program overview and application as well as frequently asked questions are provided below.

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State of Maryland’s Guidance on Essential Businesses can be found here.
And additional informational can be found here.


BACK TO BUSINESS Pledge - Businesses that adopt all safety guidelines are encouraged to take a ‘Back to Business’ pledge, download, and display. Take the pledge here.  

Guidance for Personel Services
Guidance for Retail Stores
Guidance for Manufacturing
Guidance for Churches and Worship


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Click here for to visit our Cecil County Agriculture COVID-19 information page!

 Support our local businesses, the heart of our county! For a complete directory of restaurants offering take-out or delivery visit

If you have lost your job during this crisis contact SWN for assistance.

To apply for Unemployment Insurance please click here:


Click here to visit our Economic Development home page!

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