» Grants for Restaurant Performances


All restaurant performances must be completed by December 15, 2020. The grant reports are due by 5 PM that day. Any funds not expended on performances in according to the memoranda of understanding must be returned by December 21. We REALLY do not want to see funds returned.

To report:
Fill out the online form including an upload of a copy of your performance record (PDF) or (Word Doc). This is the same form that you received with your original MOU.


Under the recommendations of the Star City Strong Recovery Task Force, $50,000 in CARES Act funding is available for COVID-19-safe performances of regional acts in dining environments. Grants will fund restaurants and merchant associations to hire regional acts to entertain in restaurants and outdoor spaces shared by restaurants. 

While the applications must come through the presenting restaurant or organization, entrepreneurial performers might initiate conversations around the collaborative strategies. Each grant will be $2,000. Successful applications will outline the number and type of performances that will be provided in the funded series. Note that a series of acoustic music in a coffee house setting will have more performances than an outdoor series of bands. Both are acceptable applications. All funding must go to the performers. Applications will be reviewed for feasibility, safety,

A quick overview of Restaurant Performances Grants

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include restaurants and merchant associations through which restaurants have organized to provide shared outdoor seating for restaurants. Applicants must be located within the City of Roanoke and in good standing with the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Roanoke, and the Federal government, with complete operational status as of January 1, 2020. Note that nonprofit event venues are eligible for COVID-19 relief and recovery funding through the Roanoke CARES Arts and cultural grants. 

Receipt of previous Federal funding through the CARES Act will not exclude participation in this program. However, the funding from each source must be covering distinctly different activities and/or period of time. For instance, a restaurant can have received PPP and still use the restaurant performances grant to pay a band as long as the PPP wasn’t used to pay the same people. Grantees will be required to maintain and submit documentation of expenditures.

Self-certification: Restaurants and organizations will be asked to self-certify that

  • The expenditures for which they are applying are documented, with documentation maintained on file at the organization.
  • They have not received Federal funding through the CARES Act for the same activity or expense. (Note that CARES Act Resources are coming to organizations through a variety of pass-through entities including Federal, State, and Local governments as well as regional intermediaries such as Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The organization is responsible for knowing the origin of the funding source.)
  • They are participating in the Visit Virginia Blue Ridge Stay Safe Pledge and following Virginia COVID safety mandates for businesses.

Application: To be reviewed in the first round, applications must be received by 5 PM, Friday August 28, 2020 via online form (found here) along with the upload of a W-9. All funds may be expended in the first round.

Contact: Arts and Culture Coordinator Douglas Jackson at 540-853-5652.

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