CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 24, 2020) – The City of Charlotte on Thursday expanded the eligibility requirements for the Food Service Recovery Program, making more small businesses eligible to receive a grant. The application launched on Monday and following feedback from small business owners, the City immediately adjusted the requirements in order to increase the opportunity for additional small businesses to apply.


  • Previously, businesses were required to earn gross sales of at least $30,000 in 2019. That requirement has been removed.
  • Previously, business owners could only apply for a grant for one business or one location. That requirement has been removed. If a person owns more than one restaurant, bar, food truck, catering company or music venue in the City of Charlotte, they are now eligible to apply for more than one grant through this recovery program. These businesses must be operating as a separate business with separately filed Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TIN).  A restaurant that also provides catering services would be considered one business if operating under the same TIN.

The City’s the Food Service Recovery Grant Program will provide $4 million to qualifying local businesses in the food and beverage industry that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Music venues are also eligible to apply for the Food Service Recovery Grant.

The application opened on Monday, September 21, and closes on Monday, October 19. Grant funding will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Restaurants, bars, food trucks, caterers, and music venues with five or fewer employees are eligible for $10,000 in grants, and those with six or more employees can be awarded $25,000. Approximately 350 businesses will receive grant funding.

Small business owners interested in the Food Service Recovery Grants Program or other Open for Business programs can visit for more information.

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