Restaurant Revitalization Fund Information

Illinois District Office - April 2021

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SBA Announces Official Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines



Program details

Get the program details such as eligibility, funding amount, allowable use of funds and more. If you haven’t already, sign up for RRF email updates.

All info about RRF

Get prepared 

Currently, SBA is not accepting applications for RRF. However, you can prepare your application by reviewing the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. You will be able to apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale Restaurant Partners or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal. Registration with is not required. DUNS or CAGE identifiers are also not required.

Prepare now

Application process

The official application launch date will be announced shortly. Ahead of the application launch and over the next two weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the RRF application portal and conduct extensive outreach and training on how to apply, application requirements and where to apply. Participants in this pilot will be randomly selected from existing PPP borrowers in priority groups for RRF and will not receive funds until the application portal is open to the public.  

Following the pilot, the application portal will be opened to the public. For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period, all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications. 

Learn more 

Get assistance with the RRF application

For assistance preparing your application, you can access the following:

  • Call center support: 1-844-279-8898 (Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-8pm ET)
  • Contact the Illinois District Office at 
  • Locate a Small Business Development Center at

Targeted EIDL Advance Update

EIDL Advance

Effective immediately, applicants can send a request for reevaluation of a Targeted EIDL Advance application that was declined to the following email address:

Applicants should follow these instructions when requesting a reevaluation:

  • Send an email to
  • Use the subject line “Reevaluation Request for [insert your 10-digit application number]
  • In the body of the email, include identifying information for the application such as application number, business name, business address, business owner name(s) and phone number

Important: Include an explanation and any documentation that addresses the reason for the decline, if available. SBA will contact applicants if additional documentation is required to complete the review.

Now Hiring: Come work at the SBA Illinois District Office!

The SBA Illinois District Office is hiring an Outreach and Marketing Specialist to work out of our Springfield, Illinois office. The Outreach and Marketing Specialist will work with assigned groups, stakeholders, and organizations to further SBA's mission and raise awareness about SBA programs. 

Applications for this position will close on April 26. Don't miss out on this opportunity!

Apply today

Upcoming small business training

webinar: resources for small businesses or small business


8(a) Orientation workshop/SAM Registration

This webinar will provide an overview of the 8(a) Business Development program, eligibility requirements, program benefits and training, steps to registering in the System for Award Management (SAM) database in order to do business with the federal government. Wednesday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. 

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External Funding: Methods and sources of capital to fund your business

Join the International Trade Center to learn about loans and external funding options to run your business. The webinar will also discuss equity investments, using personal savings, credit lines, and other resources for your small business funding needs. Thursday, April 22, 9 a.m.


Small Business Development Center Webinar: COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

Join the Champaign County EDC for guidance on the different financial assistance options available to small businesses and non-profits in Illinois. This webinar, led by SBDC Director Don Elmore, will cover details about the newest round of economic aid being administered by the SBA for small businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, and the SBA Debt Relief Program. The webinar will also note other financial options currently available to small businesses and non-profits. Thursday, April 22, 10 a.m.

Fridays With Fergie

You've got small business questions. SBA Illinois Deputy District Director Mark Ferguson (aka "Fergie") has answers. Tune in, stay connected, and take your small business to the next level. Join anytime in the 1.5-hour event to learn about the SBA and our coronavirus relief programs. Each week, we will discuss new topics, including coronavirus relief programs at the SBA, the Paycheck Protection Program and updates to the program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, and SBA programs. Friday, April 23, 11:30 a.m.

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Central & Southern Illinois: Marketing & Selling to the Federal Government

Are you located in Central and Southern Illinois? Have you thought about having the federal government as one of your customers but unsure as to where to start? Come and join us to learn about SBA resources to help your small business successfully identify and compete for federal contract opportunities. Wednesday, May 5, 9 a.m.

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Stay updated

Visit for updates on the loan programs, guidance for businesses and employers, and other SBA resources.

If you have questions about your already submitted EIDL application, contact the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or

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