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County Executive Pittman, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation Launch VOLT Disaster Recovery Relief Program

Annapolis, Maryland (Oct. 31, 2021)– Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today announced the VOLT Disaster Recovery Relief Program, an initiative to help businesses recover from the damage and pause in operations sustained as a result of the storm and coastal flooding that impacted Anne Arundel County on Oct. 29-30. The program will be managed by the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC), which will begin taking applications for grants of up to $50,000, on a rolling basis, on Nov. 1, 2021.

“As a small business owner, I know how hard it can be to recover from property damage and business interruptions caused by events like this storm,” Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman said. “I want to thank the AAEDC for moving quickly to make this program available, and I want to encourage all impacted business owners to make use of these funds if your business is eligible.”

With priority given to businesses most affected by the storm, the program will allow eligible businesses to use the grants for any legitimate business expense including physical property repairs, replacement of equipment, loss of income from being closed, replacement of damaged inventory and working capital needed to get business operations up and running. 

“Our team’s goal is to get these businesses the critical funds that they need to both retain their employees and get back to business as quickly as possible,” said AAEDC CEO Ben Birge.

Qualifying applicants include businesses that align with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) categories of small business, as defined by company size; are in good standing with the State of Maryland; and have a brick-and-mortar location in the state. 

Each applicant will be required to submit: 

  • a VOLT application

  • a copy of 2019 business tax returns or schedule C

  • a statement listing all damages, including details of the loss of income 

  • a budget detailing the use of grant proceeds

  • a completed W-9 form

Applicants will also be required to be available for a site visit to review damages to the property/business. 

The VOLT Disaster Recovery Relief Program is supported by $1,000,000 in funding from Maryland’s video lottery terminal (VLT) loan program. AAEDC manages the VOLT Fund on behalf of the Maryland Department of Commerce. The department oversees the state’s Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business loan fund, which is supported by 1.5 percent of video lottery terminal revenue from Maryland casinos.

To access the application, visit the VOLT Disaster Recovery Relief Program page on the AAEDC website:

https://www.aaedc.org/business/financing-and-tax-credits/volt-disaster-recovery-program/

For additional information, inquiries can be sent to Stephen Primosch at [email protected].

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ABOUT THE ANNE ARUNDEL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

The mission of the AAEDC is to serve as a catalyst for business growth in Anne Arundel County thereby increasing job opportunities, expanding the tax base and improving quality of life.

It provides investment and technical assistance and fosters community revitalization initiatives.  AAEDC plays a vital role in enhancing commercial districts, improving county infrastructure, increasing agriculture-based business and promoting high-value business sectors such as technology and national defense. News and updates are available on the corporation’s website www.aaedc.org

 

ABOUT THE VOLT FUND

Maryland’s VLT program uses 1.5% of proceeds from video lottery terminals (slots) to assist small, minority, and women owned businesses located in targeted areas surrounding Maryland’s six casinos as well as throughout the state. AAEDC began managing the VLT on behalf of the Maryland Department of Commerce in May 2013, and has directed over $14,389,057 in total funds to 112 businesses since. To learn more about the VOLT Fund, visit https://www.aaedc.org/business/financing-and-tax-credits/volt-fund/. To learn more about the Maryland Video Lottery Terminal Fund, visit https://commerce.maryland.gov/fund/programs-for-businesses/vlt.

 

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