Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski (Handout photo)

Small businesses as well as artists and musicians in Baltimore County who have been impacted by the covid-19 pandemic will be eligible to apply for grants from the county government starting May 11, officials announced this week.

Businesses with between 2 and 25 employees can apply for up to $15,000 in grant funds, and up to 100 Baltimore County artists and musicians can apply for $1,000 grants each. Beginning May 11th, both artists and businesses can submit applications for these grants at

Here, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski shares the story behind how the grants came together, as well as other safety net initiatives the county is organizing to help those affected by the pandemic.