|Charlotte opens $4 million food service grant program|
|Application process starts Sept. 21|
|Published Monday, September 14, 2020 6:00 pm|
|The city of Charlotte has launched Food Service Recovery Grant program with $4 million for local food and beverage businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic.|
The initiative, which starts today, will provide $4 million to local food and beverage businesses that have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility requirements include being headquartered within Charlotte’s city limits; established prior to Jan. 1, 2020; earned revenue exceeding $30,000 in 2019 and not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings. Nonprofits, liquor stores and adult entertainment establishments are ineligible.
The program is part of the city’s Open for Business initiative, which will provide $50 million to small businesses whose local workforce has been impacted by the pandemic. The city will begin accepting applications at 12 p.m. on Sept. 21 and closes on Oct. 19. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Bars, caterers with five or fewer employees, food trucks and restaurants are eligible for $10,000 in grants and those with six or more employees may receive up to $25,000. The city estimates 350 local businesses will receive grants.
Another layer of the Open for Business initiative includes StreetEats to provide $400,000 to support local restaurants. StreetEats is designed to provide outdoor dining opportunities through the city’s right of way, private streets and parking lots. The program kicks off in Plaza Midwood on Thomas Avenue, and will take place throughout the city. Details will be provided in the coming weeks.
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