Food & Beverage Grants

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Access to Capital
Food Service Recovery Grant Program


Thank you for your interest in the City of Charlotte's Open for Business Access to Capital program. The Food Service Recovery Grant Program will distribute $4 million in federal CARES Act funding to restaurants, bars, food trucks, caterers and music venues located within the city limits of Charlotte.

The program is part of the City's Open for Business Initiative and will distribute grants of either $10,000 or $25,000, depending on number of employees. The application is now closed. Note: the application period may close earlier if all funds are distributed.

Foundation For The Carolinas serves as the City’s grantmaking partner for this effort. Assistance is available at 704.998.6499 or CLTCityGrant@fftc.org. If you are interested in the Hotel/Motel Accommodation Grant Program, visit www.fftc.org/CLTHotelGrant.

 Frequently Asked Questions Contact Us / 704.998.6499

Eligibility

Businesses that received a grant through the Small Business Recovery Grant program are NOT eligible to apply for this program. Eligible businesses that applied for the Small Business Recovery Grant program but did not receive a grant will automatically be considered for the Food Service Recovery Grant program and do not need to reapply

  • Open to restaurants, bars, food trucks, caterers and music venues.
  • Business must be located within the city limits of Charlotte, NC.
  • Business must have been conducting business before January 1, 2020.
  • Applicants cannot currently be engaged in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Nonprofits, liquor stores and adult entertainment establishments are not eligible.
  • Your business must be included in the Mecklenburg County database as having paid the Food and Beverage Tax in 2019, as well as having submitted this form to the County in August or September of 2020, even if the submission shows $0 revenue. Our application reviewers will check the database to ensure eligibility.

If an applicant's property is listed in Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's Nuisance Abatement Program, the City reserves the right to decline to issue a grant, following a review of calls for service to CMPD in connection with such property.

Application & Award Process

How to Apply

The application is now closed.

Awards process

  • Grants will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Our application reviewers will check the Mecklenburg County Food and Beverage Tax database to ensure eligibility.
  • If an applicant's property is listed in Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's Nuisance Abatement Program, the City reserves the right to decline to issue a grant, following a review of calls for service to CMPD in connection with such property.
  • Checks will be distributed in two to three rounds, until grant dollars are exhausted.
  • It is anticipated that the number of applications will exceed the available funding. Applicants are not guaranteed to receive a grant.
Required Documentation

All applicants must upload and submit a signed IRS Form W-9 (Rev. October 2018). Please consider watching this quick tutorial on completing your W-9.

Applicants with six or more employees must also submit a 2019 IRS Form W-3.

Assistance

Customer service will be available at 704.998.6499 or CLTCityGrant@fftc.org Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

In-person assistance will be available at a designated YMCA of Greater Charlotte site:

Stratford Richardson YMCA
1946 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208

  • Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • La demande de subvention sera disponible sur demande en français, et une assistance sera disponible sur cltcitygrant@fftc.org / 704.998.6499.
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