Jan. 26, 2021: County of San Mateo Announces Relief Program for Struggling Brick and Mortar Food and Beverage Industry

Board of Supervisors matches $1 million from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Pool of $2.3 million now available for small businesses hit by COVID-19

Jan. 26, 2021
Redwood City –
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors today matched a $1 million commitment from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help local businesses hit by the pandemic.

The matching grants bring the total pledged to more than $2.3 million to the new Restaurant, Brewery and Winery Relief Program. The applications period for grants of up to $10,000 will open as soon as mid-February.

“This program is a financial lifeline to help our great San Mateo County restaurants, breweries and wineries stay afloat while we await a more stable health and business environment,” said Supervisor Don Horsley, who co-sponsored the proposal with Supervisor Warren Slocum. “I look forward to the return of our crucial hospitality industry.”

“Restaurants are often minority and women owned and they employ immigrant residents. We have to help them until the surges subside and vaccination efforts make it safer to reopen,” said David J. Canepa, president of the Board of Supervisors. “We understand the devastating financial impact on the business community due to the pandemic and restaurants are among the hardest hit.”

As COVID-19 health and safety restrictions shuttered indoor and outdoor dining, local leaders late last year launched an effort to create a relief fund that would help these small businesses with payroll, rent, operating expenses, health and safety modifications and other business needs.

Businesses must meet a variety of eligibility requirements that include a “brick and mortar” location in San Mateo County.

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