City Creates New Grant Program for Restaurants and Gyms Impacted by Covid-19 Restrictions

Written by: Natalie Klyashtorny

This past Friday, the City of Philadelphia announced the Philadelphia Covid-19 Restaurant and Gym Relief Program, a $12 million grant program to assist restaurants and gyms adversely impacted by the latest round of pandemic-related restrictions enacted in November 2020.   

Online applications will be opened at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28th, and will continue to be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9th.

All filed applications will be reviewed after February 9th, based upon eligibility, not first-come, first-serve.

Eligible businesses are limited to restaurants with indoor dining, gyms, and businesses whose primary activity is indoor exercise.  Grant awards are estimated to be up to $15,000 per business.

To be eligible, a business must also:

  • Be an independently-owned and operated for-profit business or franchise.
  • Occupy a storefront, retail, or commercial space physically located in Philadelphia.
  • Be operating at the time of application or have operated in the last 90 days and intends to be operating again within 90 days.
  • Earn less than $2 million in annual revenue, pre-COVID-19.
  • Report at least a 25% decline in revenue from the 4th quarter of 2020 compared to the 4th quarter of 2019.
  • Be in compliance with all local, state, and federal taxes, or be on an approved payment plan or can prove they are in the process of getting on a payment plan.
  • Have required federal, state, and local licenses and permits to legally operate.

Although not a requirement to apply, due to limited funding, this governmental program will prioritize businesses that meet any of the following criteria:

  • Are located in high poverty areas or on neighborhood commercial corridors.
  • Are minority-, woman-, or disabled-owned.
  • Provide jobs to Philadelphians.
  • Suffered damage in 2020 due to civil unrest.

The online application can be completed on a mobile device or computer and is estimated to take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Business owners should gather the following information before applying:

  • Basic information, such as:
    • Type and structure of business.
    • Employer Identification Number (EIN), social security number of business owner, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) of business owner.
    • Business Income and Receipts Tax (BIRT) account number from the City of Philadelphia.
    • Annual and quarterly revenue from 2019 and 2020.
    • Number of full-time and part-time employees, pre-COVID and currently.
  • Photo(s) of your business, exterior and interior.
  • If applicable, details about any damage incurred during civil unrest in 2020, including photos of all damage reported and/or a report from the Philadelphia Police Department.
  • A completed and signed W-9 in PDF format.

If you have any question about this newly instituted governmental program, please feel free to contact us at and an attorney at Nochumson P.C. will immediately reach out to you to schedule a free consultation.