UPDATED MAY 13th
CulEpi is gathering sources of financial assistance to restaurant and hospitality workers and business owners across the US during the COVID-19 crisis. If you know of a resource (national, state, local and even individual restaurants / hospitality groups) that isn’t on our list (there’s many more than we have here for sure!) PLEASE TELL US so we can add it! Check back as we’ll be updating this list with more and more resources. Let’s do what we can to help this awesome industry and its hard-working people survive the financial Coronavirus crisis!
Sign The Petition to Bail Out the Industry and Its People! Change.org Save America’s Restaurants Petition
Dining Bond Initiative Buy gift certificates at a 25% discount. The program is open to all restaurants.
One Fair Wage Emergency Relief Fun Make a donation or apply for assistance.
USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program Financial assistance for bars and bartenders.
Another Round. Another Rally. Make a donation or apply for assistance.
Rent Assistance General list of agencies that provide rent in times of crisis.
SBA Small Business Disaster Loans U.S. Small Business Administration apply for loans.
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Disaster Relief Fund Make a donation or apply for relief
Please note, some resources, like the National Restaurant Association Employee Relief Fund and The James Beard Foundation Food & Beverage Industry Relief Fund, are not currently accepting applications for emergency funds. They continue to take donations though, so you can still contribute! We’ll let you know when they’re taking applications again.
Lee Initiative Make a donation for emergency relief in LA (more cities to come).
CA Employment Development Department: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Meals for Mills / Restaurant Rescue, Burlingame and Peninsula, CA (funding to pay restaurants to make meals for first responders)
Giving Kitchen Make a donation and/or get assistance.
Lee Initiative Make a donation for emergency relief in Louisville (more cities to come).
United Way Fund Grants for Hospitality Workers Apply beginning March 21st, Make a donation.
Boston GoFundMe Make a donation or apply for financial assistance.
Cambridge Virtual Tip Jar Give a Tip and/or get on the list.
Lowell GoFundMe Make a donation or apply for financial assistance.
Lansing GoFundMe Make a donation or apply for assistance.
Omaha Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund Make a donation.
Metro Omaha Virtual Tip Jar Give a Tip and/or get on the list.
ReThink Restaurant Response Program gives grants to restaurants to reopen their kitchens and prepare meals for front-line workers as well as the community in need, Eleven Madison Park is involved, and grant recipients include Little Tong Noodle Shop in East Village and Taco Mix in East Harlem (CulEpi’s former neighborhood!).
COVID-19 Food Hub NYC NYC make a donation or apply for assistance.
Unemployment Insurance Apply for unemployment without the 7-day waiting period.
Lee Initiative Make a donation for emergency relief in NYC (more cities to come).
Dover GoFundMe Make a donation or apply for assistance.
Lee Initiative Make a donation for emergency relief in Cincinnati (more cities to come).
Greater Pittsburgh GoFundMe Make a donation or apply for assistance.
Tennessee Action for Hospitality Sign a petition to get financial assistance to hospitality workers.
Southern Smoke Foundation Make a donation or apply for funds.
Charlottesville Restaurant Community Fund Make a donation or apply for financial assistance.
Lee Initiative Make a donation for emergency relief in Seattle (more cities to come).
DMV Restaurant Worker Relief Fund Make a donation or apply for financial assistance.
DC Virtual Tip Jar Give a Tip and/or get on the list.
Lee Initiative Make a donation for emergency relief in Washington DC (more cities to come).
DC Metro Area (VA and MD)
Hook Hall Helps Supplies, meals, resources for MetroDC.
Restaurants & Hospitality Groups Employee Relief Funds
PLEASE TELL US if you know of any restaurants / hospitality groups we can list here, thanks!!
Off the Menu Los Angeles Restaurant Relief Fund (specific restaurants listed on the GoFundMe page)
Jing Jing Restaurant Relief Fund, Palo Alto
Mourad-And-Aziza Restaurants Relief Fund, San Francisco
Namu Family of Restaurants Relief Fund, San Francisco Bay Area
Miami Restaurant Employee Relief Fund Also links to application for $250 grant
Boston’s Unsung Restaurants – Relief Fund List of restaurants given on the GoFundMe page, for ” beloved and reliable neighborhood joints, our tastes of home, and our local mom & pop shops. They don’t have huge Instagram followings, fancy PR firms, or big investors”
Charlie Palmer Steak Reno
Gotham Bar & Grill GoFundMe
Eleven Madison Park Employee Relief Fund
Majorelle Restaurant GoFundMe
New York City Street Vendors, GoFundMe organized by Urban Justice Center
Jean-Georges Restaurants Employee Relief Fund GoFundMe (Includes employees at Jean-Georges, Nougatine, JoJo, Perry Street, Mercer Kitchen, Inn at Pound Ridge, and ABC restaurants)
Casa Nomad GoFundMe
Maryland and Virginia
Local Whitefish Restaurant Staff Relief Fund, Whitefish