President Joe Biden on Wednesday promoted the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund, as he seeks to highlight ways in which his administration is delivering aid to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The restaurant program was established in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress in March and provides grants of up to $10 million to restaurants, bars, food trucks and other food and drink establishments. The money can be used to cover payroll, rent, utilities and supplies.

The White House said that in the first two days of the program — which began accepting applications Monday — 186,200 businesses had applied, underscoring the continuing demand for aid even as parts of the country begin to open back up and as more Americans get vaccinated.


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