The City Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) has reconfigured the Spring Sprout Grant Program in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The program is open to businesses in the City Center Mixed Use Zoning (CC-MU) Zoning District, which includes the Main Street Hagerstown area. DCED has more than doubled the availability of funding, increased grant levels from $500 to $750, and will be expediting payments to businesses on a rolling basis until funding is fully expended.In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, up to $750 will be awarded to eligible businesses able to demonstrate that they have been impacted by COVID-19 business limitations, and with demonstration, that they are continuing to operate on a limited basis as permitted and/or they are retaining employees.Up to $750 will also be awarded to any eligible business able to demonstrate that they are using the grant to contribute to the supply chain of medical or personal protection equipment needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Impacted businesses may also use the grant for operating expenses.“We understand businesses are hurting, and we are ready to respond with easy-access, fast grants up to $750 for our downtown businesses,” said Jill Thompson, Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Hagerstown. “The City is open, and the outstanding DCED staff team is working full time and beyond to assist businesses and customers during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.”2020 Spring Sprout grant applications can be found on the City’s website at https://www.hagerstownmd.org/695/Spring-Sprout-Grants. For more information, email DCED@hagerstownmd.org.