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Feb 15

SMC Strong announces new grants for restaurants, breweries and wineries

Posted on February 15, 2021 at 6:15 pm by Clay Curtin

California’s stay-at-home order has unfortunately affected many small businesses forcing a reduction in staff and business hours, or even business closures, in response to the low service demands.

The Restaurant, Brewery, and Winery Relief Program provides grants of up to $10,000 to qualifying establishments to offset losses in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic state shutdown orders. The funding must be used to ensure continued operation or assist in covering current business operating expenses, including, for example: rent, payroll and facility modifications needed to accommodate on-site indoor and outdoor dining as permitted by the State of California during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

There are two upcoming webinars that will give an overview of the program and discuss the application process:
The application portal is tentatively scheduled to open Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, and remain open until Monday, March 8, 2021, at Noon. Applications submitted within a set timeframe will be reviewed to confirm basic eligibility, and each establishment will be placed in a pool of other restaurants located in the same city, town or unincorporated area. Eligible establishments in each locality pool will be selected at random for grant award until all grants appropriated for that area are exhausted.

For more information, visit the San Mateo Strong FAQ webpage (available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog).

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