Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program

January 24, 2023


The Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program provides awards to local restaurants seeking reimbursement for eligible equipment, infrastructure, and technology purchases up to an award cap of $15,000.
 
Such purchases must be a result of or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to be eligible under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.
 
This program is intended to help address workforce issues, consumer expectations, and overall restaurant safety challenges experienced by small, local restaurants across New Hampshire due to COVID-19.
 
Awards will be issued to applicants for reimbursement of eligible equipment, infrastructure, and technology purchased between November 1, 2021, and March 15, 2023, to help them adapt to service and technology changes due to COVID-19 in the market that can be costly and disruptive.
 
To receive an award, eligible restaurants must apply by March 15, 2023 at 4:00 P.M., but applications will be reviewed and funds awarded on a rolling basis, with monthly funding rounds.
 
Applications should be completed and submitted promptly, as they may require follow up and additional documentation or information.
 
If an award is made, approval by Governor and Council may be required.
 
Please see the program FAQs for additional details.
 
 
Dates & Timelines:
November 1, 2022 – Application Period Reopens
March 15, 2023, 4:00 P.M. – Application Period Closes
 
April 21, 2022 – Initial Application Period Opens
July 13, 2022, 4:00 P.M. – Initial Application Period Closes
 
NOTE: Applications reviewed and grants awarded on a rolling, monthly basis until program funds are depleted or the application period closes.
 
The application must be completed and submitted utilizing the GOFERR grant portal by Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 4:00 P.M., including all supporting documentation. In the application portal, a “saved” application will not be considered a “submitted” application.
 
Eligibility:
This program is open to New Hampshire based restaurants, and it is intended to aid primarily full service, eat-in, non-franchise small restaurants.
 
To be eligible, an applicant must:
Have been operating prior to March 20, 2020;
Be actively paying Meals & Rooms taxes to the State as a food service establishment;
Have annual gross receipts, including all affiliates, at or below $20,000,000, in tax year 2021 or not exceed annual gross receipts per New Hampshire location of $5,000,000;
Be submitting expenses for only New Hampshire locations; and
Not be:
A national chain (locations in 3 or more states),
A national franchise (locations in 3 or more states),
Delivery or take out only, or
Primarily catering.
Each eligible applicant, providing detail and support for eligible expenditures, may receive an award of up to $15,000 per eligible location.
 
For more information about the Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program generally, or the application, please review the program FAQs. If you still have questions, please email info@goferr.nh.gov
 

 

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