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COVID-19 Restaurant Grants: What Does It Mean? – Ziosk

Now that the $1.9 Trillion COVID relief bill has been signed into law by President Biden, let’s examine how these COVID-19 restaurant grants will impact the restaurant industry.

Of the $1.9 Trillion in the bill, $28.6 Billion has been set aside for restaurant aid. Differing from the PPP loans from last year, the money set aside in this bill is a grant rather than a conditional loan, giving restaurants more flexibility as to how to use the money. Other utilization details about the grants are as follows:

  • $5 Billion of the $28.6 Billion has been set aside for smaller restaurants with annual gross receipts of $500,000 or less.
  • Publicly traded restaurants / restaurant groups with over 20 locations are ineligible for the grant.
  • Restaurants owned by women, veterans, or economically / socially disadvantaged minorities will receive priority for the first 21 days.
  • The grants are capped at $10 million for restaurant groups and $5 million for individual restaurants.
  • If your restaurant received a PPP loan after 12/27/20, that loan amount will be deducted from your grant allowance.
  • All of the funds given out must be used by the end of the year.

Restaurants can prepare to apply for funds through this website.