Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Grant Program

The Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Program will provide financial relief to some of the most impacted businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants and bars. Eligible businesses must show a decrease in gross sales of at least 15% during the second and third quarters of 2020, compared to second and third quarters of 2019, as shown by the Iowa Sales/Retailer’s Use Tax and Surcharge Return line 1 (gross sales amount). Businesses must have been established and open on or before April 1, 2020. The maximum grant amount is $25,000. This is not a first come, first serve program, amounts will be determined using a tiered system based on the percent of gross sales loss. 

Eligible Businesses

  • Full Service Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Brewery
  • Brewpub
  • Distillery
  • Winery

Application Period

Online applications at www.iowabusinessrecovery.com will be accepted from February 1 – February 15th.  

Information Required

  • Iowa Sales/Retailer’s Use Tax and Surcharge Returns 
    • April – June 2019
    • July – September 2019
    • April – June 2020
    • July – September 2020
  • Liquor License Number
  • Food Service Establishment License Number
  • Sales Tax Permit Number
  • Withholding Tax Permit Number
  • Tax Identification Number

If you have any questions, our team at BakerStarrett LLP is happy to help you. Give our office a call at 641-236-8083 to see if you qualify for the Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Program. 

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