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COVID-19 High Road Kitchens Restaurant Relief Fund

We work with restaurant owners to retain or rehire their employees or other foodservice employees who have lost employment or been underemployed due to COVID-19.

Update: The application deadline for this fund has passed.

Have questions? Contact:

Small Business Development

The Mayor's Office of Economic Development manages and administers this fund.

How to apply

Fund details

The fund is for sit-down restaurants that offer full table service. The fund will support 25 small business owners (25 or fewer employees) of local restaurants in the following neighborhoods:

  • Allston
  • Chinatown
  • Dorchester
  • East Boston
  • Egleston Square (JP/Rox)
  • Mattapan
  • Roxbury

Businesses will receive grants of $15,000. You have to use the grants for rent or mortgage and payroll expenses incurred between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

Selected restaurants are required to pay the One Fair Wage ($12.75 per hour) for the month of December. Selected restaurants will be eligible for another $5,000 grant from One Fair Wage once owners can show that the agreed-upon wages were paid.

Application criteria:
  • Full-service restaurants offering table-service in the following City of Boston neighborhoods are eligible to apply:
    • Allston
    • Chinatown
    • Dorchester
    • East Boston
    • Egleston Square (JP/Rox)
    • Mattapan
    • Roxbury
  • You must have fewer than twenty-five (25) employees, including the owner.
  • You must be registered with, in good standing with, and operating in the City of Boston (excluding chain or corporate franchises).
  • You will be required to upload a copy of your Certificate of Occupancy.
  • Business owners must agree to, participate in, and comply with the standards set by One Fair Wage and High Road Kitchen.
  • You must agree to complete High Road Kitchens’ Equity Toolkit and Training program within nine months of receiving grant funds. The first segment must be completed during the grant period to be eligible for an additional grant from High Roads Kitchen.
  • You must commit to achieving full-wage parity for tipped and non-tipped employees by January 2026.
  • Business owners must be registered as a vendor for the City of Boston before applying to this Fund. We have information in multiple languages on how to become a vendor: English中文 (Chinese)Kreyòl ayisyen (Haitian Creole) and Español (Spanish).