Did your restaurant suffer financial losses due to COVID-19 and its related lockdowns? Then now is the time to act and take advantage of the $28.6 billion the Small Business Administration has pumped into its Restaurant Revitalization Grants.
These Restaurant Revitalization Grants are grants, not loans; meaning that so long as you use them on eligible expenses by March 2023, they will not need to be repaid. That’s gifted money with very few strings. Eligible expenses include:
Eligible businesses are any food or beverage-based business that can prove a history of providing 33% of gross receipts for onsite food and beverage sales. This means bakeries, wineries, some inns, breweries, and distilleries may apply and get approved. The primary caveat is that any permanently closed business or business that filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 11 liquidity will be disqualified.
To apply, register at the SBA application portal at resaturants.sba.gov. Download and prepare the documents applicable to your specific business and then submit those documents with an application through the resaturants.sba.gov portal. Acceptable documents are generally those that show 2020 and up-to-date 2021 gross receipts, ie federal tax returns and point of sale reports from a SBA restaurant partner. Applicants can also submit via a POS vendor without registered with the SBA website.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) opened the application window for their Restaurant Revitalization Grants and within just two days received 186,200 applicants. The fund is still open, but restaurant owners who haven’t applied yet need to start if they want a share of the billions of dollars being given out by the federal government.
The Restaurant Revitalization Grants consist of $28.6 billion of funding that’s been approved via the American Rescue Act. This money is designated to help restaurants and related food and beverage-serving businesses recoup losses sustained due to COVID-19 and its lockdowns. These are grants not loans and thus will not need to be repaid so long as money is spent on eligible expenses by March 11, 2023.
Eligible expenses include:
A business is eligible if they can provide documentation during the application process showing that 33% of their gross sales was or is from onsite food and beverage sales. Approved businesses may receive up to $10 million per business entity and no more than $5 million per actual location.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is giving away $28.6 billion in restaurant grants, and already hundreds of thousands of businesses have submitted their applications to grab some of it. Have you?
This is grant money that will not need to be paid back so long as it gets used by March 11, 2023. Eligible businesses are any business that can show 33% of its gross profits come from onsite food and/or beverage sales.
In order to apply, go to the SBA online application portal at https://restaurants.sba.gov or apply through a POS provider like Oracle, NCR Corporation (Aloha), Clover, Square, or Toast. In order to submit an application, you will need on hand the following required documentation:
So what are you waiting for? Go apply now!