Douglas County Approves COVID Aid for Small Restaurants

July 19, 2022, 5 p.m. ·

Woman talks with a man picking up a food order at the main counter of restaurant.
A new program will allow small restaurants in Douglas County to apply for COVID aid grants

Small restaurants in Douglas County may be able to get up to ten-thousand dollars in aid to help recover from the pandemic.

On Tuesday, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved using 700-thousand dollars for the program from federal ARPA COVID relief funds.

To qualify, a restaurant has to be operating in Douglas Country, verify the business was impacted by the pandemic, and have revenues of under $1.25 million in 2021.

Commissioner James Cavanaugh said the grants will be good for everyone.

"These are Main Street businesses," he said. "They employ people. They provide important services to our community. We all eat in various restaurants around the community."

Grants will be provided on a first-come, first serve basis. The application process should be up and running by next week. For a detailed look at the qualifications to apply, click here.