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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 due to 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.

The RRF opened for business on May 3, and in its first 36 hours 186,200 restaurants, bars and other eligible businesses applied to receive assistance.

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.

Although the demand for help is great and funds are limited, eligible businesses are still encouraged to apply for funding. Please use the resources on this page to help you prepare and submit an error-free application. These two new articles provide the most recent information on applying for or correcting already submitted applications:

IMPORTANT SBA LINKS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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