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DelBene Announces Opening of American Rescue Plan Grants for Restaurants

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Kirkland, WA, May 3, 2021 | comments

Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration's Restaurant Revitalization Fund has begun accepting applications. The $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund was established in the American Rescue Plan to help Washington state restaurants, bars, and other food service businesses that have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic access much-needed relief.

“Restaurants not only support jobs and our regional economy, but they also create community and bring character and life to cities across our district,” said DelBene. “The pandemic has been particularly hard on our restaurant and hospitality industries in Washington, forcing them to close or see less demand for months, and the American Rescue Plan will play a big part in their recovery.”

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund will provide restaurants and other eligible businesses with grants of up to $10 million each. The grants do not have to be repaid, provided that the funds are put toward eligible uses by March 2023.

Entities that are eligible to apply include:

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund application portal can be accessed here. Participating POS providers include Square, Toast, Clover, and the NCR Corporation (Aloha). Businesses that work with Square or Toast do not need to register beforehand on the portal.

You can find a guide to this grant program here and a sample application here. For more information, visit the Small Business Administration’s website here.

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