List of Financial Resources for Restaurants & Unemployed Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

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


National

Dining Bond Initiative Buy gift certificates at a 25% discount. The program is open to all restaurants.

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation Make a donation or apply for assistance.

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.

Southern Smoke Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund Make a donation or apply for assistance.

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.

California

Los Angeles GoFundMe Make a donation or apply for assistance.

Lee Initiative Make a donation for emergency relief in LA (more cities to come).

CA Employment Development Department: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Small Businesses Resiliency Fund Apply for assistance.

Meals for Mills / Restaurant Rescue, Burlingame and Peninsula, CA (funding to pay restaurants to make meals for first responders)

Georgia

Giving Kitchen Make a donation and/or get assistance.

Kentucky

Lee Initiative Make a donation for emergency relief in Louisville (more cities to come).

Louisiana

United Way Fund Grants for Hospitality Workers Apply beginning March 21st, Make a donation.

Massachusetts

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.

Restaurant Strong Fund Make a donation or apply for financial assistance.

Michigan

Lansing GoFundMe Make a donation or apply for assistance.

Nebraska

Omaha Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund Make a donation.

Metro Omaha Virtual Tip Jar Give a Tip and/or get on the list.

New York

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!).

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation NYC make a donation or apply for assistance.

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).

New Hampshire

Dover GoFundMe Make a donation or apply for assistance.

Ohio

Lee Initiative Make a donation for emergency relief in Cincinnati (more cities to come).

Oregon

Family Meal Make a donation and/or Apply for a Grant.

Pennsylvania

Greater Pittsburgh GoFundMe Make a donation or apply for assistance.

Tennessee

Tennessee Action for Hospitality Sign a petition to get financial assistance to hospitality workers.

Texas

Southern Smoke Foundation Make a donation or apply for funds.

Virginia

Charlottesville Restaurant Community Fund Make a donation or apply for financial assistance.

Richmond Restaurant Workers Support Fund

Washington State

Seattle GoFundMe Rent Fund Make a donation to help hospitality workers pay their rent.

Lee Initiative Make a donation for emergency relief in Seattle (more cities to come).

Washington DC

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.

INTERNATIONAL

Canada

Montreal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

Toronto Restaurant Workers Crisis Relief Fund

Restaurants & Hospitality Groups Employee Relief Funds

PLEASE TELL US if you know of any restaurants / hospitality groups we can list here, thanks!!

National

Hand in Hand, A Daniel Boulud Foundation

Thomas Keller Restaurant Relief Fund

California

Charlie Palmer Steak & Sky & Vine Napa
Dry Creek Kitchen & Hotel Healdsburg

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

Florida

Miami Restaurant Employee Relief Fund   Also links to application for $250 grant

Massachusetts

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”

Nevada

Aureole
Charlie Palmer Steak Las Vegas

Charlie Palmer Steak Reno

New York

Gotham Bar & Grill GoFundMe

Hand in Hand, A Daniel Boulud Foundation

Eleven Madison Park Employee Relief Fund

Majorelle Restaurant GoFundMe

New York City Street Vendors, GoFundMe organized by Urban Justice Center

Aureole
AVA Social & Spyglass Rooftop Bar
Crimson & Rye
Charlie Palmer at the Knick & St. Cloud Rooftop Bar
Upper Story Events

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

Great American Restaurants Employee Relief Fund

Montana

Local Whitefish Restaurant Staff Relief Fund, Whitefish

South Carolina

The Ordinary and FIG Restaurants Relief Fund, Charleston

Washington DC

Charlie Palmer Steak

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