The RISE Grant Fund

The Restaurant & Industry Support for Economic Sustainability (RISE) Grant Fund supports food and beverage business recovery from the recent 2023 flood which impacted many businesses throughout the state. Funds will be dispersed to provide direct financial aid to Vermont food and beverage businesses for the purposes of rebuilding and recovering from damage and losses suffered due to recent flooding. Grant applications will be reviewed by an Advisory Committee with representatives from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Independent Restaurants. Donations will make a meaningful difference for small business owners severely impacted by this record-breaking flood and preserve the heart of our Vermont communities.


  • Vermont food and beverage businesses such as those holding first, second, third, or fourth-class licenses.
  • Have been impacted by recent flooding events in Vermont.

How to Apply

  • RISE Grant applications will be accepted online. Application is forthcoming.

Permissible Use of Funds

  • Physical property damage repair and restoration
  • Emergency supplies and materials
  • Business continuity planning
  • Technology and infrastructure upgrades