GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — 2020 was a difficult year for restaurants. Local businesses in Mesa county experienced the crippling effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In fact, Colorado restaurants collectively lost more than 3 billion dollars in 2020 according to the Colorado Restaurant Association.
“I would say the impact to the industry itself was probably just in the Grand Valley was 25 to 30 million dollars,” says Diane Schwenke, the CEO of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce.
But now there’s a new grant program to help those businesses back on their feet. The 28.6 billion dollar Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides flexible grants to businesses in the food and drink industry to help them recover from the pandemic.
Under the new program created by the American Rescue Plan, eligible businesses will be able to receive grants up to 10 million dollars.
If you’re a business owner click here for application details.