The city of Walnut Creek has already allocated $1 million to its small business relief program and will consider adding more funding to the program this week. (Photo by Travis Reitter/Flickr)

The Walnut Creek City Council will hear a proposal Tuesday to make the city’s restaurant grant program more accessible to businesses impacted by the pandemic.

The council approved the Restaurant Grant Program in January to provide financial aid to restaurant owners who lost business due to shelter-in-place orders and social distancing guidelines.

Out of 80 businesses that applied for the program, 23 restaurants were disqualified because they did not meet program guidelines, which state the largest revenue loss for restaurants had to occur between October to December, and that restaurants had to experience a 25% revenue loss.

The changes include creating a new program tier in which businesses experiencing a loss in revenue lower than 25% can qualify for a smaller grant and allowing restaurant owners to include revenue losses from July to September.

The program staff estimates another 15 to 20% of businesses could qualify under these new financial criteria.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday.