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Restaurant assistance available

Additional funding is available for restaurants and bars through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

The fund provides emergency assistance for eligible qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19, according to a letter written by state Sen. Judy Ward, R-30th District, and sent to Blair County Chamber of Commerce members.

Registration for the RRF will begin at 9 a.m. today and the Small Business Administration will begin accepting applications via the application portal at noon Monday. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

“Restaurants are the core of our neighborhoods and propel economic activity on main streets across the nation,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman in a statement. “They are among the businesses that have been hardest hit and need support to survive this pandemic. We want restaurants to know that help is here.”

“The SBA has focused on the marketplace realities of our food and beverage businesses in designing the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to meet businesses where they are. We are committed to equity to ensure our smaller and underserved businesses, which have suffered the most, can access this critical relief, recover, and grow more resilient,” Guzman said.

In preparation, qualifying applicants should familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application, using these steps:

ö Register for an account in advance at restaurants.sba.gov starting at 9 a.m. today. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register beforehand on the application portal.

ö Review the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options.

ö View the recording of the webinar training posted on SBA’s YouTube channel.

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