A Relief Fund with Heart
We’re looking out for the small restaurants at the heart of our communities. They’re in the hardest-hit industry, in the hardest-hit region of the county. They’re in the fight of their lives, and we can help.
The Restaurants Care Resilience Fund provides cash grants of up to $3,500 and a year of support to small restaurants in 8 counties in California, with priority given to women and people of color. Regions were determined by funders. We’re looking to add more counties! If you’re interested in bringing this grant program to your county, please contact us.
Eligible counties: Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco or San Joaquin.
And we’re not stopping there. We’re also funding a safety-net for restaurant workers – the servers, cooks, and dishwashers at the heart of restaurants. To learn more about hardship grants for restaurant workers click here.
funds raised to date
What resilience looks like
Grants for operating
A safety-net for crew members
Free services and resources
up to $3,500
What do grants cover?
Restaurants Care is a nonprofit centered around caring for the people at the heart of restaurants. This grant funding is intended to be used on payroll and related expenses such as increasing hours and bring on new hires. By taking care of the payroll expense, we allow the restaurant operator to free up funds for other business expenses such as rent, technology upgrades, and outdoor dining retrofitting.
We’ll take care of your crew. You take care of your business.
How did this start?
Restaurants Care is a relief fund for California restaurant workers launched in 2017. We provide direct assistance when cooks, servers, dishwashers and more face unforeseen hardship. When the pandemic hit, we mobilized quickly to support 1,200 restaurant workers and their families.
Given the extraordinary circumstances brought on by the pandemic, we recognized a need to go further and help restaurant businesses stay open and keep their crews employed.
This dream was made possible by a coalition of funders who were truly partners in creating the Resilience Fund. Our deepest gratitude to lead funder SoCalGas and generous funders PG&E, SDG&E and the California Community Foundation.
We love restaurants. We’re here to help.