JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The pandemic has put a strain on many people financially and those in the restaurant industry are no exception.
Fortunately, a $28.6 billion restaurant relief program will be open for applications starting May 3.
U.S. Rep. for Florida’s 5th district Al Lawson made the announcement that the Small Business Administration will be accepting applications through www.SBA.gov/restaurants at 12 p.m. on May 3.
This grant program is only available to owners of restaurants, bars and other qualifying businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.
Other qualifying businesses include:
- Food stands, trucks or carts
- Bars or lounges
- Saloons, inns or taverns
- Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms, or other licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products
- Similar businesses where patrons assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or drink
These businesses can use the funding to assist with expenses such as payroll, rent/mortgage, utilities and more.
Repayment will not be necessary so long as funds go toward qualifying expenses before March 11, 2023.
Applications will be available until funds run out and businesses owned by women, veterans, or otherwise disadvantaged individuals will be given priority.