Oregon restaurants urged to apply for share of $28.6 billion in federal relief grants

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On the same day Gov. Kate Brown shut down indoor dining in 15 Oregon counties, Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer urged restaurants, bars, food trucks, tasting rooms, catering companies and other food service business owners to apply for their share of $28.6 billion in federal relief grants.

Privately owned food businesses with fewer than 20 locations are eligible to apply for up $10 million in funding made available through the American Rescue Plan. Registration is already open at the Small Business Association website. Applications can be submitted starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 3, for the program.

The first 21 days of the program are dedicated to “priority” businesses, defined as businesses that are at least 51% owned by women, veterans or people who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

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