Team Kentucky Food and Beverage Relief Fund

Governor Andy Beshear signed Executive Order 2020-968, that dedicated federal Coronavirus Relief Funds in the amount of $40 million for a Food and Beverage Relief Fund. Here is the latest information we have about the relief fund.

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We are providing this information as a resource to Kentucky’s restaurants and bars. Our business coaches are available to work with you to apply for funds through the Food and Beverage Relief Fund. There is never a charge to work with a Kentucky SBDC business coach. Your tax dollars have already prepaid for our services.
It’s important to note that this information is what we know right now. Any and all information is subject to change.
We will provide updates as we learn of them.

Check out our overview of the Team Kentucky Food and Beverage Relief Fund below!

What We Know...

The Team Kentucky Food and Beverage Relief Fund will make one-time grant awards for reimbursement of eligible expenses of up to $10,000 per restaurant or bar with a maximum of $20,000 to a business entity that operates multiple restaurants and bars that were required to close for on-site consumption pursuant to Executive Order
2020-968. The TK-FBRF website will accept electronic applications beginning on Monday, November 30, 2020. Each applying entity must complete the online application and supply all requisite information and documentation. The program website is

WHAT: Team Kentucky Food And Beverage Relief Fund

One-time $10,000 Grant for Restaurants and Bars in Kentucky that were required to close for on-site consumption pursuant to Executive Order 2020-968.

WHEN: Application Portal opens Monday Nov 30 @ 12pm EST

Applications will close when funds are exhausted, or on December 18, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM, whichever comes first. 

HOW: Submit the following information & documentation:

1. Business entity information, including:

a. The name of the entity
b. D/B/A information, as applicable
c. Contact information for the business entity
d. Federal tax information (SSN, FEIN or Tax ID)

2. Restaurant/Bar information, including:

a. The address(es) of the specific bar and restaurant location(s)
b. A photograph of the establishment(s)
c. A copy of the establishment’s liquor license (if applicable)
d. A copy of the establishment’s food service permit (if applicable)

3. Invoices or documentation of eligible expenses for which the applicant is seeking reimbursement. (You are submitting receipts for past expenses that will be reimbursed.) You will load each receipt/invoice into the portal individually, identifying both the amount of money and category.
4. Applicants will be required to certify that they are in compliance with the Program Eligibility Guidelines and Criteria. This certification is completed as part of the online application process.

More Information Regarding Eligible Expenses:

*These expenses must have been incurred between March 6 and December 31, 2020.
7. Awards shall reimburse for the following expenses/items:

a) Personal protective equipment to protect employees or customers
b) Measures to protect employees or customers from COVID-19 and to comply with the Commonwealth’s Healthy at Work requirements
c) Mortgage or rent payments for business premises (which shall not include personal residences)
d) Utility payments for the business premises (which shall not include utilities for personal residences or cellular phones not used primarily for business purposes)
e) Salaries, wages, or compensation paid to contractors or employees, including an employer’s share of health insurance costs
f) Business supplies or equipment, including inventory.

To our knowledge, this means you can submit receipts for food purchases. Broadline purveyors like Sysco, US Foods, Performance and other large distributors (Creation Gardens) will provide you a statement for all purchases since March 6. Restaurant Depot has an online portal where you can pull a statement of purchases as well. Food purchases are the safest receipts to collect as almost no other grant money can be used for them (with the exception of EIDL loans).
8. The following are costs/expenses which are ineligible for reimbursement through awards:

a) Expenses not specifically enumerated in paragraph 7
b) Cost incurred for federal, state, or local tax obligations
c) Cost incurred for non-business purposes
d) Cost incurred for political purposes
e) Cost incurred for which the business has or will receive reimbursement from another source, including any other governmental loan or grant program or insurance proceeds

(This means, you cannot submit receipts for items that you purchased with funds from PPP, EIDL loans or any other grants. If you used PPP money for payroll and rent, you can submit receipts for food purchases and other supplies. )