$2,500 Waiting for Liquor Permit Holders
November 25, 2020
Governor DeWine designated $38.7 million of the money the state received from the CARES Act to provide $2,500 assistance payments to on-premise liquor permit holders to help keep them going through the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are more than 15,000 permit holders that qualify for these payments, including restaurants, breweries, distilleries, wineries, casinos, and private clubs.
Yet, Lt. Governor Husted recently announced that fewer than half of eligible permit holders have applied for assistance. The following permit holders are eligible:
To receive the payment permit holders must have had an active on-premise permit as of close of business on October 23, 2020. The business does not have to be currently open, but must have an active liquor license.
Permit holders can access the application here, and will be required to present their FEIN or SSN and liquor permit number and address for each unique location at the time of application. To receive the payment permit holders must have had an active on-premise permit as of close of business on October 23, 2020. The business does not have to be currently open, but must have an active liquor license.
The Department of Taxation will confirm all entries, which are encouraged to be submitted by December 18 to ensure the funding request can be processed by the December 30 deadline. Each permit holder can receive $2,500 per unique location. Permit holders are to use the funds on COVID-19-related expenses incurred due to business interruptions caused by the pandemic, per the CARES Act. This payment is a grant and is not required to be repaid.
The Division of Liquor has provided a helpful FAQ to assist permit holders through the application process. It can be found here.