Cambridge Announces $2.5 Million Restaurant and Nightlife Relief Grant Program

Good evening everyone, 

The City of Cambridge announced a new Restaurant and Nightlife Relief Grant program today which will award $2,500,000 to eligible Cambridge venues.

These grants, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will provide relief to local, non-franchise cafes, restaurants, and entertainment venues (e.g. movie theaters, performance venues, galleries) heavily impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants and entertainment venues citywide will be able to apply for grant awards of $10,000 for allowable business expenses such as payroll, rent, personal protective equipment, utilities, goods and equipment, and outdoor dining infrastructure. Applications will be accepted from February 3 through February 28, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. and are available at

You can find the full press release here

Attached is the English version of the Grant Flier. We are providing interpretation and translating of documents and will also be passing out fliers in different districts. If you or a business owner has any questions about this grant, please send them to me or have them email us at

Pardis Saffari,
Director of Economic Development
Economic Development Division
Cambridge Community Development Department
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