Douglas County announced ARPA funds for restaurant assistance

Douglas County is putting aside $700,000 to help local restaurants impacted by the pandemic. The assistance program comes from commissioner James Cavanaugh’s allocation of the federal American Rescue Plan Act — ARPA funds. It will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to restaurants. They must have made less than $1.25 million in revenue in either 2019 or 2020 and lost money due to COVID-19. Commissioner Cavanaugh called small businesses “the backbone” of the economy. “They employ more people, they pay more taxes, and they provide more services than really any other sector of the economy, and particularly the restaurant segment of the small business community has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic because many of them simply had to close their doors for some period of time,” Cavanaugh said. Each restaurant will get a grant of up to $10,000. Restaurant owners can look at the qualifications through the online portal at lutz.us/rap, but applications can’t be submitted until Dec. 12.

Douglas County is putting aside $700,000 to help local restaurants impacted by the pandemic.

The assistance program comes from commissioner James Cavanaugh’s allocation of the federal American Rescue Plan Act — ARPA funds.

It will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to restaurants.

They must have made less than $1.25 million in revenue in either 2019 or 2020 and lost money due to COVID-19.

Commissioner Cavanaugh called small businesses “the backbone” of the economy.

“They employ more people, they pay more taxes, and they provide more services than really any other sector of the economy, and particularly the restaurant segment of the small business community has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic because many of them simply had to close their doors for some period of time,” Cavanaugh said.

Each restaurant will get a grant of up to $10,000.

Restaurant owners can look at the qualifications through the online portal at lutz.us/rap, but applications can’t be submitted until Dec. 12.