DES MOINES, Iowa – U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, announced that beginning Monday, restaurants in central and southwest Iowa are now eligible to apply for direct relief through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
The $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund was created by the American Rescue Plan Act that Congress passed in March. The law incorporated key provisions from the RESTAURANTS Act, which Axne co-sponsored in the previous Congress.
“Iowa’s restaurants were some of our hardest-hit businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and still will face an uphill battle to safely operating at full capacity in the weeks and months to come,” Axne said in a released statement. “That’s why I fought for specific relief for them over the past year, and why I’m pleased to see this vital relief program coming online to help cover pandemic-related losses to keep the cornerstones of our Main Streets on their feet through tough times.”
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund will provide restaurants and other eligible businesses with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss, up to $10 million per business.
The relief does not have to be repaid, provided that the funds are put toward eligible uses by March 11, 2023. The U.S. Small Business Administration has provided a funding guide which can be accessed here and a sample application here.
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund application portal can be accessed here or through Point of Sale vendors like Square and Toast.
Entities eligible to apply are:
- Food stands, food trucks, food carts
- Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
- Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
- Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products