ELIZABETH, NJ — Restaurant owners across Union County will be eligible to apply for federal grant money secured by the Freeholder Board.

Grant money is to reimburse restaurants for money spent to facilitate outdoor dining, social distancing and any other practices adopted to comply with the Governor’s COVID-19 executive orders. The county has $2 million to distribute in total, individual grants of up to $20,000 dollars will be awarded to restaurants that qualify.

“This allocation of federal CARES Act funds will help offset the expense of COVID-19 prevention measures that protect the health and safety of our community,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

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The grant application will open on Wednesday, October 14 at 9 a.m. Grant money will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. 

Below are a list of forms that will have to be submitted with the grant application:

  • A current Food Service License from the local or County Board of Health

  • All reimbursement expenditures must have a corresponding invoice and proof of payment

  • Business Registration Certificate, certificate of incorporation or formation

  • Good Standing Certificate (Short Form)

  • 2019 Tax return or Tax Extension

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