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Posted on: May 6, 2021

05/06/21: SBA Announces Official Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines

Trumbull Economic Development

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines

The application portal for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund is open. 

The RRF is to help restaurants and other foodservice businesses, including food stands, food trucks, caterers, bars, lounges and snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars, as well as bakeries, brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms, breweries, microbreweries, wineries and distilleries with on-site sales to the public of at least 33% of gross receipts.

Who can apply

Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include: 

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)

Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products



CTSBDC is offering the following webinars in English and in Spanish.  

Registration Links: 

May 6 @ 5:30pm in Spanish >> https://ctsbdc.uconn.edu/news_events/restaurant-revitalization-fund-overview-may-6-en-espanol/  

May 13 @ 9:30am in English >> https://ctsbdc.uconn.edu/news_events/restaurant-revitalization-fund-overview-may-13/  

Info to be Covered: 

Join us as we review details on the soon-to-be-launched Restaurant Revitalization Fund, including: 

  • Eligibility details including which entities qualify and what is required
  • Determining the amount you would qualify for depending on how long you’ve been in business
  • The covered period, or the time period in which you need to use the funds
  • How you can use the funds once you receive them
  • Required documentation to help you get ready. 

As updates are released by the SBA, we will include them in our presentations. At the end, we open it up to Q&A based on questions received during the webinar.



How to apply 

You can apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale (POS) vendors or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal: https://restaurants.sba.gov. Participating POS providers include Square, Toast, Clover, NCR Corporation (Aloha), and Oracle. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register beforehand on the https://restaurants.sba.gov application portal. 

Registration with SAM.gov is not required. DUNS or CAGE identifiers are also not required. 

If you would like to prepare your application, view the sample application form. You will be able to complete this form online. Please do not submit RRF forms to SBA at this time. 

SBA Form 3172 

Additional documentation required:

Verification for Tax Information: IRS Form 4506-T, completed and signed by Applicant. Completion of this form digitally on the SBA platform will satisfy this requirement.

  • Gross Receipts Documentation: Any of the following documents demonstrating gross receipts and, if applicable, eligible expenses
  • Business tax returns (IRS Form 1120 or IRS 1120-S)
  • IRS Forms 1040 Schedule C; IRS Forms 1040 Schedule F
  • For a partnership: partnership’s IRS Form 1065 (including K-1s)
  • Bank statements
  • Externally or internally prepared financial statements such as Income Statements or Profit and Loss Statements
  • Point of sale report(s), including IRS Form 1099-K 

Allowable use of funds

Funds may be used for specific expenses including:

  • Business payroll costs (including sick leave)
  • Payments on any business mortgage obligation
  • Business rent payments (note: this does not include prepayment of rent)
  • Business debt service (both principal and interest; note: this does not include any prepayment of principal or interest)
  • Business utility payments
  • Business maintenance expenses
  • Construction of outdoor seating
  • Business supplies (including protective equipment and cleaning materials)
  • Business food and beverage expenses (including raw materials)
  • Covered supplier costs
  • Business operating expenses 

Priority groups

  • A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are:
  • Women, or
  • Veterans, or
  • Socially and economically disadvantaged (see below).
  • Applicants must self-certify on the application that they meet eligibility requirements
  • Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their identity as a member of a group without regard to their individual qualities.

Economically disadvantaged individuals are those socially disadvantaged individuals whose ability to compete in the free enterprise system has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities as compared to others in the same business area who are not socially disadvantaged.  

Restaurant Revitalization Fund INFORMATION

Get help with your application 

Federal guidelines require that we provide the same and equal information to each applicant. Therefore, SBA staff are limited on responses we can provide to applicants, including specific questions regarding RRF eligibility, potential award amount, and other detailed information.  

Some key information to know:

  • For detailed information about how to calculate your award amount, please consult page 7-9 of the RRF program guide.  
  • The IRS 4506T form is signed with your application during the e-sign process. You do not need to submit an additional 4506T.
  • If you are entering a state in the address section(s) use the abbreviation in capital letters (e.g., PA, TX, ME, WA, etc.). 

For assistance preparing your application, you can access the following:

You can also watch a previously recorded webinar training to help you prepare:

For assistance with your submitted application:

  • Submit a message using the application platform inbox (preferred)
  • Call center support: 844-279-8898