MontCo Offers Restaurant Owners Help Through Jan. 8

NORRISTOWN PA – Owners of restaurants in Montgomery County that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and government-imposed restrictions resulting from it, have until Jan 8 (2021; Friday) to apply for up to $10,000 in grant funding being made available by the county with up to $5 million in economic development funds to support food service businesses, it said this week.

The three-member county Board of Commissioners agreed to supply the support now, according to county Commerce Department Director David Zellers, because “the next few months after the holidays are typically slower in the restaurant sector, and we know this year it’s going to be even tougher.”

““We know our restaurants are really struggling to stay open right now without in-person dining,” commission Vice Chair Kenneth Lawrence Jr. acknowledged.

To be considered eligible, applicants must be a for-profit restaurant, food truck, deli, bakery, brewery, distillery, vineyard, caterer, or other food services for-profit entity with a physical location within the county that’s been in operation since at least Jan. 1, 2020. Several other conditions or limitations apply; find more information here.

Eligible grant expenses include rent mortgage, or utility payments for a business location, the purchase of personal protective equipment, and payroll costs for non-owner employees and or their family members accrued between Jan. 1 and March 5, 2021.

Applications are being be accepted online, here, until Jan. 8 at noon. Program guidelines are available in English, Spanish, and Korean. The county Redevelopment Authority will disburse funds to grant winners upon the return of signed grant agreements. Its stated goal is to have award decisions approved in mid- to late January, with disbursements to begin soon after.

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