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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 established the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide grants for restaurants that have sustained financial losses because of the coronavirus pandemic. This vital source of emergency funding can be used for a wide range of expenses incurred between Feb. 15, 2020, and March 11, 2023. Grants will start at a minimum of $1,000 and go up to $5 million per physical location with no more than $10 million per business. NOTE: Lodging properties reporting under the NAICS code for inns are eligible.

In the 21-day priority period, which runs from May 3 to May 24, the U.S. Small Business Administration will process applications from women-owned, veteran-owned and/or socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. On May 25, it will begin reviewing all applications. Applications are expected to take 14 days to process.

UPDATE:  On May 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that in its first eight days the RRF received 266,000 applications requesting over $65 billion in assistance. Funding requests from priority applications added up to $29 billion, suggesting that the RRF will be exhausted before the end of the priority period on May 24.

Additional funds are urgently needed to meet the overwhelming demand for help. The National Restaurant Association has released a petition to press Congress to increase the RRF. Join us in this call to action: Sign your name by texting MORERELIEF to 52886 or add your name here.

NEW RESOURCE:Next Steps Guide” from the National Restaurant Association will help award recipients plan how to properly use their RRF grant and to comply with expense and reporting requirements.

IMPORTANT SBA LINKS

NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION RESOURCES

ARTICLES

WEBINARS AND TRAINING

Understanding and Applying for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
A deep dive into the RRF presented on April 30 by the Washington Hospitality Association, Seattle Restaurant Alliance and Washington Small Business Development Center.
 Webinar Slides    WEBINAR     Webinar Q&A

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Webinars with SBA
The National Restaurant Association has hosted a series of RRF webinars presented with the SBA. Use the archive of past webinars here. 

Learn How to Apply for the RRF
The SBA provides a quick walkthrough of the online application here. 

 

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

  • SBA call-center support (open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EST Mon-Fri): 1-844-279-8898
  • Washington Hospitality Associationmembers should contact their territory manager for assistance or email communications@wahospitality.org.
  • S. Small Business Administration Seattle District Office206-553-7310 / 509-353-2800 (Spokane)
  • Small Business Resiliency NetworkThis network provides culturally relevant assistance for business owners and organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit this website to connect with organizations that can provide technical assistance and help access translation services.
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber’s REACH program and the Business Health TrustEmployers in the region with 100 or fewer employees can get accounting consulting services to help navigate the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, PPP, Employee Retention Tax Credits and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. Email leighj@seattlechamber.comto get connected with an accountant at Clark Nuber.
  • Seattle’s Office of Economic Developmentat 206-684-8090 Application help for Seattle businesses in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Somali, Amharic, Thai and Tgrinya.
  • AHANAis providing technical support for small businesses in underserved and under-represented communities in Eastern Washington affected by the coronavirus pandemic. ahana-meba.org/covid-19/cv19/or 509-999-5365 or email meba10@gmail.com.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES