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Spanberger calls on Central Virginia restaurants to apply for federal grants

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Abigail Spanberger is encouraging Central Virginia restaurants to apply for federal support following the SBA’s announcement that it will open registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund on Friday.

The RRF was established under the American Rescue Plan, which Spanberger voted to pass and President Joe Biden signed into law last month. The RRF provides $28.6 billion in direct relief funds to U.S. restaurants and other hard-hit food establishments experiencing economic distress and significant operational losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to pandemic-related revenue losses up to $5 million per location and up to $10 million per business.

Central Virginia restaurant, food truck, bar, bakery, brewery, and winery operators can begin the process of receiving these tax-free grants. Registration for the RRF opens at 9 a.m. and online applications can be submitted starting Monday, May 3 at noon.

Click here for more information about the RRF process from the SBA.

“Here in Central Virginia, we are home to a strong and vibrant restaurant scene. But in conversations with restaurant operators across our region, I’ve heard heartbreaking stories about how they’ve struggled to keep their businesses and their livelihoods afloat under the harsh circumstances posed by the pandemic — and we need to take active steps to ensure our area’s food and beverage community comes out of the pandemic stronger than before,” Spanberger said.

“The Restaurant Revitalization Fund focuses on the long-term survival of the restaurant industry — and I hope many Central Virginia restaurants and bars will seriously consider submitting an application. Last month, I was proud to vote in support of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund as part of the American Rescue Plan, and today, my office stands ready to assist our area’s businesses as they prepare to participate,” Spanberger said.

Much like the Paycheck Protection Program, RRF funds can be used to cover payroll costs, utilities, rent, business supplies, and additional expenses.

The SBA recommends that owners of Central Virginia dining establishments take the following steps to make sure their application process runs as smoothly as possible:

  • Register at starting on Friday, April 30.
  • Review the program guide and provided sample application.
  • Prepare their required documentation ahead of the application submission portal opening on Monday, May 3.

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