Local restaurants are now eligible for federal relief funds


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Navigating the pandemic has not been easy for G&G Caribbean. The 20-year-old company has gone through some of the same hardships many small businesses went through during the pandemic.

Supervisor Vanessa Sutherland says the Restaurant Revitalization Grant would be able to help their business with things like payroll and utilities.

“It would be a big advantage for us,” Sutherland said. “We could use it to pick up where we lost in the future.”

Currently, the grant prioritizes women, veterans and minority-owned businesses for the first 21 days, with grants ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 10 million.

Helping Businesses Understand the Process, The Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce.

“We believe this opportunity with the Restaurant Revitalization Fund is that our entire community, our entire economic ecosystem here in our region will return to normal,” said Antonio Jefferson, CEO of the chamber.

Also helps to apply for grants, the Office of Economic Vitality.

“With the new bill comes new funds and new rules, so OEV wanted to make sure what the playing field looked like so that we could help people apply,” said Richard Fetchick.

Companies eligible for the grant that do not have to be repaid as long as funds are properly used by March 11, 2023 are:

• Restaurants

• Food stalls, trucks or carts

• Caterers

• Bars or lounges

• Saloons, inns or taverns

• Breweries, tasting rooms, tea rooms or other facilities or licensed premises of a producer of alcoholic beverages where the public can taste, taste or purchase products.

• Similar businesses where customers meet for the main purpose of being served food or drink.

The Minority Chamber of Commerce tells ABC 27 that there are also stipulations, such as whether you applied for a P3 loan, that could affect how much you take out of the grant.

If you are a small business and want to apply for the grant, Click here. You can also contact the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce or the Economic Development Office for assistance.


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