A Relief Fund with Heart
Application Now Closed!
Winners will be announced in early June
Restaurants Care is proud to once again partner with SoCalGas, PG&E, SDG&E to offer $3,000 grants to independent restaurants at the heart of our communities. We’re investing in two things that keep a restaurant running—kitchens and crews. Grants will be awarded to restaurants for kitchen equipment upgrades or retention bonuses.
And we’re not stopping there. Wells Fargo is powering one year of small business support services. Restaurants will have access to experts, discounts, and trainings.
Restaurants Care was created in 2017 as a safety-net for food and beverage 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 food and beverage workers click here.
Thank You to Our Funders
What resilience looks like
Grants for kitchen equipment or retention bonuses
A safety-net for crew members
Free support services
What do grants cover?
Kitchens and crews keep restaurants running – let’s make them more resilient!
We’re investing in the two things that keep a restaurant running—kitchens and crews. Grants will be awarded to restaurants for kitchen equipment upgrades or retention bonuses.
Kitchen equipment: eligible equipment must be energy efficient and qualify for rebates (Hey! That’s extra money to help pay for your equipment!). Items include: steamer, rack oven, conveyor broiler, combination oven, conveyor oven, fryer, underfired broiler, convection oven, griddle, and dishwasher. You can use your $3,000 check to purchase from whichever vendor you would like. To learn more about rebates available, visit https://caenergywise.com/instant-rebates/
Retention bonuses: help retain your best staff members by giving them a bonus. You will need to state how many employees will receive grants and which positions they have (front of house, back of house, managers). The number of employees and positions do NOT impact your likelihood of getting a grant – it is a flat $3,000 grant.
Meet the 2021 Restaurant Grantees
a bit about the restaurants
The Resilience Fund restaurants are fighters! In 2021, we supported 318 independent restaurant owners, 65 percent of which were women-owned and 83 percent color-owned. They faced closures, staff reductions, skyrocketing PPE costs, long hours, and the ever-looming threat of Covid-19. They 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 —>
How did this start?
Restaurants Care is a relief fund for California food and beverage 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 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 Wells Fargo.
We love restaurants. We’re here to help.