RRF Portal Opens in Advance of Big Day

It's time to start pre-gaming—plus more tax credits, walk-in vax info, and price concessions from DoorDash.

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You can now “pre-register” for an RRF grant on the award portal, and early news is promising! The website didn’t immediately crash under demand, and we were even able to create an account with a minimum of drama (our inability to type two matching passwords can’t be blamed on the government, no matter how much we’d like it to be). Of course, we’ll be watching on Monday, May 3 when applications open to see if the same can be said. You can get a guided tour of the web portal by watching this training (details start at 15:00). And remember, after the initial priority award period, funds will be distributed first come, first served, so don’t dawdle getting your data in.

The Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) also has updates on vaccination clinics that are now providing the jab without appointments, how you can take a tax credit if you gave your staff paid time off to get vaccinated, and developments on DoorDash’s pricing.

The following information comes from the CRA’s April 28 newsletter. Sign up to receive the full version here. And take a gander at its Coronavirus Resource Center and Restaurant Worker’s Guide to the COVID-19 Vaccine for more info. 

Pre-Register for Restaurant Revitalization Grants Fund

On April 27, the Small Business Administration announced that the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grant application will open on Monday, May 3, at 10 a.m. MT. The application portal will opened for restaurants to pre-register on Friday, April 30. We encourage you to apply as soon as the application goes live, as the funds are anticipated to deplete quickly.

To help you prepare your application, we have compiled the following links:

  • NEW today from the National Restaurant Association:
    • Step-by-step application guide.
    • Updated FAQ.
  • View the application here.
  • View a sample application here.
  • View the SBA’s program guide here.
  • View the SBA Knowledge Base here.

Tax Credit for Small and Medium Businesses to Provide Paid Employee Vaccine Leave

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan includes a paid leave tax credit to allow employers to provide paid leave for employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination and for any time their employees may need to recover from that vaccination at no cost to the employer. Eligible businesses and nonprofits must have fewer than 500 employees. For the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2021, businesses may take tax credits for wages up to 80 hours of paid sick leave in an amount equal to either: (1) the employee’s regular wage, capped at $511/day, up to a total of $5,110 if the employee was sick or quarantining, awaiting the results of a COVID test, obtaining or recovering from a vaccine; or (2) two-thirds of the employee’s regular wage, capped at $200/day, up to a total of $2,000, if the employee was taking time to care for someone quarantining or to provide care due to COVID-19 school or child care provider closures.

Learn more about how to claim the paid sick leave credit on your quarterly tax filings here.
For more details on how the paid leave tax credits from the American Rescue Plan will work for employers, click here.

Colorado Opens Community Vaccination Sites for Walk-Ins

Governor Polis announced on April 28 that all six community vaccination sites in Colorado will now begin administering walk-in vaccinations with no advance registration required. The clinics can be found at the below locations:

Adam’s County: Dick’s Sporting Good Park

  • Phone: (720) 263-5737 Calls taken from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. MST 7 days a week.
  • Address: 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, CO 80022
  • Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Website: http://www.centura.org/vaccine

Denver County: Ball Arena

  • Address: 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Website: https://truecare24.com/co

El Paso County: Broadmoor World Arena

  • Phone: (720) 263-5737 Calls taken from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. MST 7 days a week.
  • Address: 3185 Venetucci Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
  • Hours: Friday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Website: www.centura.org/vaccine 

Larimer County: The Ranch

Mesa County: Grand Junction Convention Center

  • Phone: (970) 248-6900 Calls taken from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
  • Address: 159 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Website: EnglishSpanish 

Pueblo County: Colorado State Fairgrounds

  • Phone: (720) 263-5737 Calls taken from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. MST 7 days a week.
  • Address: 1001 Beulah Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004 
  • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Website: www.centura.org/vaccine

New Price Tiers for DoorDash Clients

DoorDash has announced its new price tiers for restaurant users. The third-party delivery company now offers three plans:

  • DoorDash Basic, where restaurants pay a 15% commission on deliveries, which shifts “a higher portion of the delivery cost to the customer” and supports a smaller delivery area.
  • DoorDash Plus, where restaurants pay 25% to be part of DoorDash’s DashPass subscription program and get increased visibility in the DoorDash app.
  • DoorDash Premier, where restaurants pay 30% in exchange for the lowest customer fees, the largest delivery area, and a growth guarantee of at least 20 orders per month across pickup, delivery, and DoorDash-owned Caviar.

Click here to learn more. 

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