As of June 29, applications to this program are now closed. To learn more, visit information and resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The new Restore and Reopen program is dedicated to helping businesses that experienced damage or inventory loss from the recent civil unrest. The program will provide grants to small, independently-owned businesses that have suffered property damage, vandalism, or inventory losses during the recent civil unrest—with a focus on those in historically disadvantaged communities.
The Philadelphia Department of Commerce is partnering with The Merchants Fund, who will administer the program.
To apply for the Restore and Reopen program, businesses must:
- Occupy a storefront, retail, or commercial space physically located in Philadelphia, which includes kiosks on the street.
- Have experienced more than $500 in damage during civil unrest between May 30, 2020 and time of application.
- Be independently-owned; franchises are eligible only if independently-owned.
- Earn annual revenue of less than $2 million at the impacted location.
- Be in compliance with all local, state, and federal taxes (or on an approved payment plan).
- Have required federal, state, and local licenses and permits to legally operate.
Due to limited funding, the Restore and Reopen program will prioritize businesses that:
- Are located in historically disadvantaged communities.
- Employ local residents.
Where and How to Apply
Eligible business owners can apply online at merchantsfund.org, beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 22. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 29.
Applicants will be prompted to create a new account on The Merchants Fund’s website when applying, if they do not have an existing account.
The program is not first-come, first-served; applications will be evaluated beginning Tuesday, June 30, not as they are received.
What You’ll Need to Apply
Business owners interested in assistance from this program should gather the following information before applying:
- Basic information about your business, such as: type and structure of business, annual revenue, number of employees, and number of employees hired locally.
- Description of the damage incurred during the specific time period.
- Estimated cost of repair for the damage incurred during the specified time period.
- Photos of all damage reported, or a report from the Philadelphia Police Department.
- If you have insurance, a basic understanding of coverages and out of pocket expenses relating to the damage.
If You Need Assistance Applying
Various community partners can provide free assistance to businesses who may need help completing the application. This includes language translation services, technological support, and help with documenting damage to your business. These organizations can apply on your behalf, with your consent.
Other questions about the Restore and Reopen program should be directed to the Department of Commerce’s Business Services hotline, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 215-683-2100