The Restaurant Revitalization grant has helped many small businesses survive the pandemic

Madison Vega

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Inside of Dessert QueenThao and Jacqueline Nguyen

By Madison Vega/ NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ

(San Tan Valley, AZ) COVID-19 created many issues for restaurants, but some caught a break when they were approved for a major grant. 

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is an act to help provide funding for restaurants and other businesses in Arizona. RRF was created by the American Rescue Plan (ARPA).   

“Arizona Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is a fund that was created to help small business restaurant owners in Arizona,” according to the RRF. 

In Arizona the program will help restaurants get to where they were before the pandemic by re-funding them with what they lost up to 10 million dollars, but not more than 5 million dollars per physical location. The grants that are allocated to the businesses are calculated by subtracting their revenue from 2019 and 2020. 

“The fund was created under the American Rescue Plan Act which allocated $28.6 billion to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to administer the industry-focused grants,” AZCommerce. 

The grant should not be too hard to get according to a small business, Dessert Queen, who got the grant. They were considered a priority to get the grant, so it made the process, for them, a little easier. 

“SBA hosted a webinar and walked through the mocking process to fill out the application, to the details of any potential technical issue that applicants may encounter during the process and how to fix it,” Jaqueline Nguyen, managing director of Dessert Queen. 

Dessert Queen, in the San Tan Valley, received this RRF grant. They received the grant for $21,500 and used all of the grant money financially for the business. After they applied for the grant they received the fund ten days later.

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Counter at Dessert QueenThao and Jacqueline Nguyen

This small business is a frozen yogurt retail shop that offers a wide variety of boba and other drinks. They have been open since 2019 and they have a website coming up soon. 

In Arizona, restaurants or businesses that suffered during the pandemic and lost revenue are eligible to apply. Also, businesses that are ineligible for traditional SBA assistance are able to apply for the grant. 

The SBA focused more on small businesses that were minority-owned, black-owned and women- owned, Nguyen. 

The applications are now closed for the grant, but if you would like to see what small businesses qualified and got the grant you can look it up here.  If you would like to visit Dessert Queen to try their frozen yogurt and boba, or are looking for a job in the San Tan Valley you can go to their socials.

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