Restaurant Revitalization Fund
The Restaurant Revitalization Program (RRP) is a three-month pilot. We plan to provide a much-needed lifeline to restaurants as they recover from COVID-19. This program is a partnership between the Office of Economic Development and the Office of Workforce Development.
About the program
This Fund will support restaurants located in the City of Boston. Businesses will receive $5,000 to cover any business-related expense. These funds are not required to be tied to rent or payroll.
This grant will also provide a retention bonus to new and existing employees during the three-month pilot period for a total of:
- $900 per worker, and
- 100 B-Local Points for each month, at the conclusion of the three-month pilot ($300 at 3 months = $900).
At the end of the three-month period, employees will be eligible for free tuition towards their Associate’s Degree at:
- Bunker Hill Community College
- Roxbury Community College, or
- the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.
This effort replicates the Mayor’s Tuition Free Community College initiative. Instead of school, employees are also eligible to take an occupational skills training program with an existing Workforce Development partnership.
Restaurants that have tipped employees are eligible to receive an additional $15,000 grant if they:
- pay the One Fair Wage ($12.75 per hour) to tipped employees for one month
- complete High Road Kitchens’ Equity Toolkit and Training program within nine months of receiving grant funds
- complete City of Boston OED survey, and
- share a written plan for achieving full wage parity for tipped and non-tipped employees within five years (by August 2026).
All grant expenses must be incurred between March 3, 2021 and December 31, 2024.
How to apply
Applications opened on Wednesday, September 8, at 9 a.m. and will close on Friday, September 24, at 11:59 p.m. Please note: We will not process incomplete applications.
- be a current food business in the City of Boston
- have a valid Vendor ID from the City of Boston
- have less than 25 employees
- have proof of a Boston business address (for example, a signed lease, business permit, license, or title, a utility bill in which the business is named directly, or other home office documentation)
- be in good-standing with the City of Boston, along with the business owner
- provide a copy of its up-to-date Business Certificate, and
- provide proof of payroll (for example, a recent pay or wage statement, bank statement, or proof of paystubs) if there are more than two employees.