Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant (RRFG)

Updated on 3/29/2021

 The Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant (RRFG) program has recently been established by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). 

Important: This is a grant-funded program, which means that all applicants must be registered at sam.gov BEFORE applying for assistance from this program per the SBA's guidelines. 

  • Need help registering at sam.gov? Register for the SBDC's next "Get Set for Success" webinar coming up on April 6th, we offer this webinar monthly. 

The program will provide $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants and bars in need. 

  • $5 billion of that total will be set aside expressly for businesses with 2019 gross receipts of less than $500,000.

  • Visit the SBA's Covid19 Relief Options page for details as they are shared by the SBA. 

  • If you have received other funding from the SBA such as EIDL, PPP, and/or plan to apply for the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant, this comparison chart by the SBA is helpful to understand the criteria of each program and how they impact each other's funds. 

Eligibility entities:

  • Restaurants

  • Food stands, food trucks, and food carts

  • Caterers

  • Saloons, inns, bars, taverns, lounges

  • Brewpubs

  • Tasting rooms and taprooms

  • Licensed facility or premise of an alcoholic beverage producer where the public may taste, sample or purchase products

Ineligible entities:

  • Any restaurant or bar that is part of a publicly-traded company

  • Any restaurant or bar that is owned by a state or local government

  • Owners that operate more than 20 restaurants 

Grant amounts:

  • Generally, restaurants can apply for grants that are equal to 2020 gross revenue minus 2019 gross revenue. 

  • If a restaurant was not operating for all of 2019, the maximum grant value is the average monthly gross receipts in 2020 minus the average monthly gross receipts in 2019. 

  • If a restaurant was not in operation for all of 2020, it could potentially receive a grant that totals the amount of “eligible expenses” put into the business to date.

How to apply:

  • As of 3/29/21, the SBA is still building this grant program.

  • An “applications open” date has not yet been established. 

  • An initial priority period for the first 21 days of applications has been set aside for minority-, women-, veteran-owned and other underserved businesses. 

  • Keep an eye on the SBA's Covid19 Relief Options page for more details as they are announced.  

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Our SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Wesleyan University, the City of Bloomington, and the Town of Normal. 

Small Busness Administration
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economc Opportunity
City of Bloomington, IL
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