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United Way establishes COVID fund

COVID-19 alert

CHESTERTOWN — United Way of Kent County has established a COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

Agencies responding to pandemic-related community needs are encouraged to apply, a news release states.

Organizations may address a brief email to the United Way Executive Director Beth Everett,, describing the emergency need, the agency's proposed response, and how it will assist Kent County residents. A brief explanation of the amount of funds requested is required.

The opportunity is made possible by using United Way’s established Emergency Fund, augmented by two designated grants: from Truist Foundation and the Eastman Foundation, according to the release. 

Recipients to date include Community Mediation Upper Shore, the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, the Samaritan Group, the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice and Upper Shore Aging (Meals-on-Wheels) and Farmers Wagon.

Priority is given to basic needs of food, housing and continuation of essential services. Funds will not be provided to replace fundraising revenue lost due to cancellation of agency events.

Priority is given to United Way of Kent County agencies and community coalitions that include one or more Kent County agencies.

Requests of up to $1,000 will receive priority response, the release states. Larger requests are considered, but require additional review.

United Way’s annual fundraising campaign begins Sept. 1. Donations may be made at any time via unitedwayofkentcounty,org or by mail to United Way of Kent County, P.O. Box 594, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Resources for Marylanders and employees during COVID-19

SBDC Webinar - Topics: EIDL and CARES (PPP) COVID 19 Loans

Monday 4/6/2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Space is Limited ~ You Must Register:

Please RSVP with a valid email. After registering, you will receive a Zoom Meeting link to join online, or you can join via the dial-in number. This webinar will be recorded and shared, and if space fills up, additional dates will be added.

Daily SBA Conference Call – Updates (M-F) provided and you can ask questions.

3:00 p.m., Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 827-299-626

5:30 p.m., Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 310-688-488

EIDL Application Help – Daily 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. On the call, an SBA agent will walk you through how to fill out the EIDL form. Have all your necessary documents ready. Zoom Meeting # 6794772946

Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPPL) FAQ -

SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Main Maryland Business Information Site for COVID 19 updates and resources -