Nassau County has expanded the restaurant grant program it announced in November, to include banquet halls and meeting halls run by veterans and other charitable or religious organizations with catering staff of 50 or fewer.

Originally, the County’s $2.3 million COVID relief program was limited to restaurants with 50 or fewer employees. The program provides grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 depending on the size of the workforce. So far, $1.7 million has been issued to more than 200 restaurants.

While restrictions are beginning to ease, these smaller venues may take longer to recover. The expansion of the grant program to include catering and meeting halls will provide a much-needed lifeline to these businesses.

Owners of small banquet halls and restaurants may apply at or by calling 646-825-9617.