Deadline to apply for Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund extended

Despite the title of the fund implying only bars and restaurants’ assistance requests are accepted, additional venues are eligible for funding.

Bar, restaurant and venue. (Pixabay/Jaden Jefferson)

TOLEDO, Ohio — Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that the deadline to apply for the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund has been extended to January 31.

There are approximately 15,400 on-premises liquor permits in the state eligible for assistance. Of that, roughly 10,854 (70 percent) have taken advantage of this funding opportunity as of Tuesday.

Governor Mike DeWine designated $38.7 million of funding received by the state of Ohio from the federal CARES Act to provide $2,500 assistance payments to on-premise liquor permit holders to help them through the financial difficulties experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, and each active on-premises liquor permit is eligible for funding.

While the program is referred to as the Bar & Restaurant Assistance Fund, more than just bars and restaurants have eligible permits. Movie theaters, bowling alleys, sports and concert venues, and even some hair salons are eligible for this funding.

Eligible businesses can visit businesshelp.ohio.gov to apply, which requires them to simply enter their liquor permit number and federal tax information.

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