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Restaurant Revitalization Fund

We're offering grants to support restaurants and workers.

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.

Bonuses for employees

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 ($300 per month).

At the end of the three-month period, employees will be eligible for tuition assistance towards an accredited college or university. Instead of school, employees are also eligible to apply the assistance toward an occupational skills training program with an existing Workforce Development partnership.

Additional support

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).
Please note:
  • These funds may only be used for expenses incurred between March 3, 2021 - December 31, 2024. 

How to apply

Applications opened on Wednesday, September 8, at 9 a.m. and closed on Friday, September 24, at 11:59 p.m. Please note: We will not process incomplete applications.

To apply, businesses must:
  1. be a current food business in the City of Boston
  2. have a valid Vendor ID from the City of Boston
  3. have less than 25 employees
  4. 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)
  5. be in good-standing with the City of Boston, along with the business owner
  6. provide a copy of its up-to-date Business Certificate, and
  7. 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.

 

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