Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides grants for COVID-related financial losses

Beginning Monday, May 3, 2021, eligible restaurants, bars, breweries, and other qualifying businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 will be able to apply for grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF).

On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 created the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide grants for restaurants sustaining financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is administering the program, and will be issuing the necessary federal rules, regulations, and applications before grant funds are distributed.


Entities that own a place of business where the public or patrons assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or drink, including a:

  • Restaurant, Food Stand, Food Truck, Food Cart;
  • Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bar;
  • Caterer;
  • Bar, Lounge, Saloon, Tavern;
  • An Inn;
  • Brewery, Brewpub, Microbrewery, Taproom, Tasting room;*
  • Bakery;*
  • Winery;*
  • Distillery;*
  • A licensed facility or premise of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products;
  • Other similar place of business in which the public or patrons assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or alcohol.


Funds may be used for specific expenses including:

  • Business payroll costs (including sick leave)
  • Payments on any business mortgage obligation
  • Business rent payments (note: this does not include prepayment of rent)
  • Business debt service (both principal and interest; note: this does not include any prepayment of principal or interest)
  • Business utility payments
  • Business maintenance expenses
  • Construction of outdoor seating
  • Business supplies (including protective equipment and cleaning materials)
  • Business food and beverage expenses (including raw materials)
  • Covered supplier costs
  • Business operating expenses

Download this RRF FAQ from the National Restaurant Association, or look for more recent updates at