Restaurant, Brewery & Winery Relief Grants

If you require assistance with your application, please email restaurantrelief@smcgov.org or call one of the numbers below (phone lines are open daily from 9AM to 4PM):

English: (650) 413-5600
Spanish: (855) 221-1777
Chinese: (888) 262-7552
Tagalog:  (855) 257-7474

For step-by-step application instructions, click the links below

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Which Restaurants, Breweries, and Wineries are Eligible?


  • Applicant operates one of the following:
    • a “restaurant,” which, for purposes of the Program, means a restaurant, with a brick and mortar physical location within San Mateo County and a full-service kitchen on site. Under this definition, corporate-owned franchises, pop-ups, food trucks, home-based business or a catering company, cottage food operator, or a microenterprise home kitchen operation are not restaurants and are ineligible for grants; or
    • a “brewery”, which, for purposes of Program, means a brewery in possession of an active California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Type 23 (Small Beer Manufacturer) License, with a brick and mortar physical location within San Mateo County; or
    • a “winery”, which, for purposes of the Program, means a winery in possession of an active ABC Type 2 (Wine Grower) License, with a brick and mortar physical location within San Mateo County.
  • The establishment for which the grant is sought was being lawfully operated prior to March 11, 2020, when a local state of emergency was proclaimed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applicant is providing food service or sale of food- or beverage-related goods from the establishment as of the time of grant application.
  • Applicant’s establishment has been adversely economically impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Applicant owns no more than five restaurants, breweries, and/or wineries within the jurisdictional boundaries of San Mateo County. (Applicants with multiple establishments may submit an application for each qualifying establishment.)
  • Applicant must be in full compliance with all applicable regulations for the establishment including, but not limited to regulations related to the following:
    • County Environmental Health Permit
    • County/City planning and building requirements
    • State/County/City business and ABC permits
    • State and local minimum wage requirements
    • Health officer orders and other orders related to the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Applicants must possess and present a copy of government-issued photo identification.
  • Establishments that have changed ownership since March 11, 2020 and otherwise meet the Program criteria above are eligible.




Which Restaurants, Breweries, and Wineries are NOT Eligible?


Applicants will be ineligible for a grant from the Program under the following circumstances:

  • Incomplete applications.
  • Failure to meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.
  • The applicant’s establishment has received or been approved for a grant from any of the following programs:
    • Small business relief program managed by Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, approved by the Board of Supervisors on October 20, 2020 (Resolution 077791)
    • San Mateo County Strong Fund Small Business Grant administered by the Community Fund, approved by the Board of Supervisors on November 10, 2020 (Resolution 077828) (recipients of grants from earlier San Mateo County Strong grant programs are eligible for the Program)
    • The establishment has received over $200,000 in revenue from participation in the “Great Plates” program
  • The establishment operates in a hotel without a separate business license.
  • The applicant is a pop-up, food truck, home-based business or a catering company, cottage food operator, or a microenterprise home kitchen operation.
  • The applicant is a corporate-owned franchise.





Eligibility

Which Restaurants, Breweries, and Wineries are Eligible?


  • Applicant operates one of the following:
    • a “restaurant,” which, for purposes of the Program, means a restaurant, with a brick and mortar physical location within San Mateo County and a full-service kitchen on site. Under this definition, corporate-owned franchises, pop-ups, food trucks, home-based business or a catering company, cottage food operator, or a microenterprise home kitchen operation are not restaurants and are ineligible for grants; or
    • a “brewery”, which, for purposes of Program, means a brewery in possession of an active California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Type 23 (Small Beer Manufacturer) License, with a brick and mortar physical location within San Mateo County; or
    • a “winery”, which, for purposes of the Program, means a winery in possession of an active ABC Type 2 (Wine Grower) License, with a brick and mortar physical location within San Mateo County.
  • The establishment for which the grant is sought was being lawfully operated prior to March 11, 2020, when a local state of emergency was proclaimed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applicant is providing food service or sale of food- or beverage-related goods from the establishment as of the time of grant application.
  • Applicant’s establishment has been adversely economically impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Applicant owns no more than five restaurants, breweries, and/or wineries within the jurisdictional boundaries of San Mateo County. (Applicants with multiple establishments may submit an application for each qualifying establishment.)
  • Applicant must be in full compliance with all applicable regulations for the establishment including, but not limited to regulations related to the following:
    • County Environmental Health Permit
    • County/City planning and building requirements
    • State/County/City business and ABC permits
    • State and local minimum wage requirements
    • Health officer orders and other orders related to the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Applicants must possess and present a copy of government-issued photo identification.
  • Establishments that have changed ownership since March 11, 2020 and otherwise meet the Program criteria above are eligible.




Which Restaurants, Breweries, and Wineries are NOT Eligible?


Applicants will be ineligible for a grant from the Program under the following circumstances:

  • Incomplete applications.
  • Failure to meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.
  • The applicant’s establishment has received or been approved for a grant from any of the following programs:
    • Small business relief program managed by Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, approved by the Board of Supervisors on October 20, 2020 (Resolution 077791)
    • San Mateo County Strong Fund Small Business Grant administered by the Community Fund, approved by the Board of Supervisors on November 10, 2020 (Resolution 077828) (recipients of grants from earlier San Mateo County Strong grant programs are eligible for the Program)
    • The establishment has received over $200,000 in revenue from participation in the “Great Plates” program
  • The establishment operates in a hotel without a separate business license.
  • The applicant is a pop-up, food truck, home-based business or a catering company, cottage food operator, or a microenterprise home kitchen operation.
  • The applicant is a corporate-owned franchise.





Program Administration

How will the program be administered?


  • The County and Community Fund will develop and publish an application process in mid-February on the San Mateo County Strong website: www.SMCStrong.org. (San Mateo County Strong was established by the Board of Supervisors in March 2020 to assist individuals, families, non-profits and small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.)

    Applications submitted within a set timeframe will be reviewed to confirm basic eligibility, and each establishment will be placed in a pool of other restaurants located in the same city, town, or unincorporated area. Eligible establishments in each locality pool will be selected at random for grant award until all grants appropriated for that area are exhausted.





Outreach and Ongoing Fundraising

Which Restaurants, Breweries, and Wineries are Eligible?


  • Applicant operates one of the following:
    • a “restaurant,” which, for purposes of the Program, means a restaurant, with a brick and mortar physical location within San Mateo County and a full-service kitchen on site. Under this definition, corporate-owned franchises, pop-ups, food trucks, home-based business or a catering company, cottage food operator, or a microenterprise home kitchen operation are not restaurants and are ineligible for grants; or
    • a “brewery”, which, for purposes of Program, means a brewery in possession of an active California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Type 23 (Small Beer Manufacturer) License, with a brick and mortar physical location within San Mateo County; or
    • a “winery”, which, for purposes of the Program, means a winery in possession of an active ABC Type 2 (Wine Grower) License, with a brick and mortar physical location within San Mateo County.
  • The establishment for which the grant is sought was being lawfully operated prior to March 11, 2020, when a local state of emergency was proclaimed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applicant is providing food service or sale of food- or beverage-related goods from the establishment as of the time of grant application.
  • Applicant’s establishment has been adversely economically impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Applicant owns no more than five restaurants, breweries, and/or wineries within the jurisdictional boundaries of San Mateo County. (Applicants with multiple establishments may submit an application for each qualifying establishment.)
  • Applicant must be in full compliance with all applicable regulations for the establishment including, but not limited to regulations related to the following:
    • County Environmental Health Permit
    • County/City planning and building requirements
    • State/County/City business and ABC permits
    • State and local minimum wage requirements
    • Health officer orders and other orders related to the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Applicants must possess and present a copy of government-issued photo identification.
  • Establishments that have changed ownership since March 11, 2020 and otherwise meet the Program criteria above are eligible.




Which Restaurants, Breweries, and Wineries are NOT Eligible?


Applicants will be ineligible for a grant from the Program under the following circumstances:

  • Incomplete applications.
  • Failure to meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.
  • The applicant’s establishment has received or been approved for a grant from any of the following programs:
    • Small business relief program managed by Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, approved by the Board of Supervisors on October 20, 2020 (Resolution 077791)
    • San Mateo County Strong Fund Small Business Grant administered by the Community Fund, approved by the Board of Supervisors on November 10, 2020 (Resolution 077828) (recipients of grants from earlier San Mateo County Strong grant programs are eligible for the Program)
    • The establishment has received over $200,000 in revenue from participation in the “Great Plates” program
  • The establishment operates in a hotel without a separate business license.
  • The applicant is a pop-up, food truck, home-based business or a catering company, cottage food operator, or a microenterprise home kitchen operation.
  • The applicant is a corporate-owned franchise.





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