A Relief Fund with Heart
In May 2021, we notified 318 small restaurants that more relief is on the way! The Restaurants Care Resilience Fund, providing grants up to $3,500, was created to keep neighborhood restaurants open and crews employed. It’s a continuation of our work to care for the people at the heart of CA’s restaurants.
We are inspired by the determination and grit of these restaurants. Many are multigeneration, family-owned businesses with amazing stories and connections to their neighborhoods.
And we’re not stopping there. Wells Fargo is powering a year of small business support services. These restaurants now have access to experts, discounts, and trainings.
Thank you to our incredible partners to saying “yes!” to helping restaurants: SoCalGas, PG&E, SDG&E, Wells Fargo and the California Community Foundation.
Restaurants Care was created in 2017 as a safety-net for restaurant workers, and that hasn’t stopped! Year-round we help the servers, cooks, and dishwashers at the heart of restaurants. To learn more about hardship grants for restaurant workers click here.
What resilience looks like
Grants for operating
A safety-net for crew members
Free services and resources
Meet the Restaurant Grantees
a bit about the restaurants
The Resilience Fund restaurants are fighters! They have faced closures, staff reductions, skyrocketing PPE costs, long hours, and the ever-looming threat of Covid-19. They have innovated, pivoted, and hung on!
More than 130 grants were given in Los Angeles County, 77 in San Diego County, 62 in San Francisco and Alameda Counties, 29 in Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties and 18 in Fresno and Kern Counties. Regions were determined by where we had funding. To qualify, the restaurants had to be single-unit, employ fewer than 50 staff members, be currently open and have experienced a revenue loss of at least 20% from 2019-2020.
The average Resilience Fund grant recipient has been in business for 11 years. The restaurants collectively employ 3,113 workers. Fun fact! At least two grant recipients were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives! Here’s Smitty’s Wings & Things in Stockton —>
up to $3,500
What did 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.