City opens applications for COVID-19 Restaurant and Gym Relief Program

Funding will help organization get food to more neighbors in the region

The city of Philadelphia has launched a new COVID-19 Restaurant and Gym Relief Program (RGRP) to help provide grants of up to $15,000 for small businesses hit hardest by the latest mitigation efforts put in place in November 2020.

Eligible businesses include restaurants with indoor dining, gyms, and businesses whose primary activity is indoor exercise.

Applications opened today at 11 a.m. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. City officials estimate it will take about 15 minutes to complete the applications. Grant awards will be distributed on eligibility and alignment with program priorities rather than a first-come, first-served basis. A list of requirements and what is needed to complete the application can be found here.

Community partners can provide free assistance to businesses who may need help completing the application. This includes language translation services, technological support, and help with documenting damage to your business. These organizations can apply on your behalf, with your documented consent.

Translation assistance: Flyers about the program are available in several languages.

Other questions about the Philadelphia COVID-19 Restaurant and Gym Relief Program should be directed to the Department of Commerce’s Business Services hotline, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: