SBA offering free webinars on Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Applications to open later this month

Outdoor seating at Tavolino on Milwaukee’s East Side.
Outdoor seating at Tavolino on Milwaukee’s East Side.

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Thursday that it will offer free webinars for businesses looking for additional guidance on applying to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

SBA’s Wisconsin District Office is encouraging all eligible food and beverage establishments to register for webinars, taking place April 23 at 9 a.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. 

The $28.6 billion RRF was established by the federal government’s American Rescue Plan to help restaurants, bars, cafés, bake shops, brew pubs, wineries, food trucks and other related food businesses recover from revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SBA is expected to begin accepting applications through its online portal by the end of April. Applications from socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, women, and veterans will be processed in the 21 day priority period right after opening, and the funds are expected to go quickly, according to a news release. 

Once a business receives its funding, the grant must be used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. Eligible uses range from payroll expenses to construction of outdoor seating.

Last week, the SBA announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide on the RRF. 

“With the launch of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, we’re prioritizing funding to the hardest-hit small businesses – irreplaceable gathering places in our neighborhoods and communities that need a lifeline now to get back on their feet,” said Isabella Casillas Guzman, SBA Administrator. “And, thanks to clear directives from Congress, we’re rolling out this program to make sure that these businesses can meet payroll, purchase supplies, and get what they need in place to transition to today’s COVID-restricted marketplace.”

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Maredithe has covered retail, restaurants, entertainment and tourism since 2018. Her duties as associate editor include copy editing, page proofing and managing work flow. Meyer earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University and still enjoys attending men’s basketball games to cheer on the Golden Eagles. Also in her free time, Meyer coaches high school field hockey and loves trying out new restaurants in Milwaukee.

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