Arizona Commerce AuthoritySafest Outside Restaurant Assistance Program

The State of Arizona created the Safest Outside Restaurant Assistance Program, which is designed to assist bars and restaurants with funding for the infrastructure needed to expand their premises. With $1 million total in the fund, businesses may apply for up to $10,000 to cover expenditures for items restaurants need to extend their premises to approved outdoor spaces such as outdoor furniture, barriers, patio heaters, or parklets.


  • Licensed restaurants and bars serving food
  • Fewer than 50 employees
  • Must comply with all COVID-19 related executive orders
  • Must demonstrate a new extension of premises that has been approved by the local governing body and the Arizona Department of Liquor Licensing and Control (if applicable)

View the Additional Guidelines and Application.

December 8, 2020

(Apologies for the short notice) - Please join us for this informative webinar tomorrow morning, December 9 at 9 am. The topic of discussion will focus on the temporary expansion of premises for restaurants in addition to answering questions about the recently announced grant to aid restaurants in this pursuit.

Join Zoom Meeting.

View the latest COVID-19 information and Business Resources.

April 24, 2020

View the H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PDF). Please note: this newly authorized funding is expected to be expended very quickly, so eligible entities are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. View the following Non-Emergency Content.