SWED announces new round of restaurant relief grants

SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development is hoping to help local restaurants prepare to survive the winter months following the holiday season. “The more we can do to help them now to better prepare and survive the winter months I think the better our economy is. There’s a lot of jobs – thousands of jobs – that we can impact in the restaurant industry,” said Executive Director of SWED David Ryan.

SWED is opening up applications for another round of their Restaurant Relief Supplemental Grant Fund. The applications are open to restaurants that rely heavily on indoor dining, and have been affected by capacity limits and mandatory closing times amid the pandemic. Ryan says that many local restaurants will need this funding to help them stay afloat once the holiday rush dies down. “It became very apparent very quickly that the funds were woefully short in terms of really supplying the need there. You take that couple with the upcoming winter months after the holiday season, it’s a challenging time anyway for the restaurants,” said Ryan.

Ryan says the applications will open on December 7th and will remain open until the 11th. He says the following week is when SWED will begin dispersing funds to approved applicants. For more information about how you can apply for the funds, click here.

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