Resilience Fund

$10,000 Hardship Grants for LA County

Special announcement! The Restaurants Care Resilience Fund is launching a special funding cycle to assist LA County independent restaurants, food trucks, and caterers affected by the Hollywood strikes. Apply September 8-22. 

The next statewide funding cycle (not limited to the Hollywood strikes) will be October 25 – November 8.

A Relief Fund with Heart

Grants to 972 Restaurants (and counting!)

Since 2021, the Restaurants Care Resilience Fund has awarded grants to 972 independent restaurants throughout California. That’s 972 burger joints, taquerias, bakeries, and more at the heart of our communities. 

Many of these restaurants represent family legacies and life-long dreams. The average time in business is 10 years and 94% are single unit restaurants. 68% of the restaurants are owned by women and 80% are owned by people of color. On average, each restaurant employs 11 people – that’s over 10,000 employees!

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 our fund for food and beverage workers click here.

who is eligible

Sept. 8-22 Cycle Eligibility

Less than $3 million in annual revenue

Independent restaurant, food truck, or caterer with 1 - 5 units

Located in LA County, owned by a CA Resident

Have been open since at least Jan. 1, 2022

Consideration for women + people of color

How to Apply 

Applications accepted Sept. 8-22

We know you have a lot on your plate. This application should only take 30 minutes to complete. The online application can be done on your phone and document upload can be images (cell phone photos).

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Restaurants Care Resilience Fund. $5,000 grants available for independent restaurants. Making restaurants more resilient

Meet the Spring 2023 Restaurant Grantees

a bit about the restaurants

Of the restaurant grantees….

  • 55% are full-service restaurants
  • 70% are women
  • 78% are people of color
  • 89% are single unit
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Grant Uses

  • 39% equipment upgrades
  • 25% technology upgrades
  • 17% unforeseen hardship
  • 10% retention bonuses
  • 9% employee training
  • Average time in business: 8 years
  • Average number of workers: 5 full time and 7 part time
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How did this start?

Restaurants Care, a program of the nonprofit California Restaurant Foundation, is a relief fund for food and beverage workers. We provide grants of up to $2,500 directly to cooks, servers, dishwashers and more when they face an unforeseen hardship.

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. The Resilience Fund was born.

What started as a response to the pandemic has evolved into a permanent fund to build resilience within our restaurant community. This dream was made possible by a coalition of funders who were truly partners in creating the Resilience Fund. Our deepest gratitude to SoCalGas, PG&E, and SDG&E.

We love restaurants. We’re here to help. 

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Frequently Asked Questions


When can I apply?

The special grant cycle for foodservice businesses affected by the Hollywood Shutdown is September 8 - 22. The general statewide Resilience Fund grant cycle is OCtober 25 - November 8.

How can grants be used?

LA County foodservice affected by Hollywood strikes
(Sept. 8-22)

The $10,000 grant is desginated for employee payroll and retention - providing stability to our food community.

General Fall Cycle
(Oct. 25 - Nov. 8)

The $5,000 grant can used for kitchen equipment, technology upgrades, employee training or retention bonuses, or unforeseen hardship.

  • 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 $5,000 check to purchase from whichever vendor you would like. To learn more about rebates available, visit
  • Technology upgrades: Eligible uses include POS system, website, accounting software, HR software, inventory management, and loyalty programs.
  • Employee training: Been meaning to elevate your employee training and systems? Use this grant to design a training program/handbook, purchase ServSafe trainings, or join the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers.
  • Retention bonuses: Reward your best and brightest employees. 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, we simply want to know how the funds will be used.
  • Unforeseen hardship: Within the last 12 months, has your restaurant experienced robbery/theft, vandalism, fire/flood, or natural disaster? This grant can help.

Can I apply for multiple funding cycles?

You are welcome to apply for multiple grant cycles in 2023. However, you may only receive one grant per calendar year.

If I received a grant, when can I expect the check?

HOLLYWOOD SHUTDOWN CYCLE: Checks will be mailed to the address you included on your application in mid-October 2023.

GENERATL FALL GRANT CYCLE:Checks will be mailed to the address you included on your application in early December.

How does this fund help f+b workers?

Great question! Of the funds we have to grant out, 5% will go to the Restaurants Care relief fund for food and beverage workers. This is our way of building a holistic recovery. Grants for restaurants, small business support services, and grants for workers. Workers do not have to be employed at one of the restaurants receiving relief funding. Any f+b worker in CA can apply for help at

Who is eligible to receive a grant for the Fall Cycle?

  • Restaurants located in CA owned by a CA resident
  • Independent restaurants (not part of a large chain or franchise)
  • 1-5 units
  • Under $3 million in annual revenue (combined revenue for all units/concepts)
  • Have been open for at least one full year
  • All restaurants that meet the above criteria are eligible and encouraged to apply, additional consideration is given to restaurants owned by women and people of color.
  • If you received a grant from teh Resilience Fund in 2021 or 2022, you are eligbile to apply this year. Howeer, priority will be given to those who have not received funding from us in the past.
  • Note: members of the STATE boards of the California Restaurant Association and California Restaurant Foundation are not eligible.

Is it first come first serve?

No. All submitted applications will be reviewed.

How do you determine grant approval?

Completed applications that meet eligibility requirements are reviewed and scored on a rubric created by a task force of the California Restaurant Foundation.

Do you have to be a CRA member to apply?
Nope! Membership to the California Restaurant Association is not considered as part of the application or selection process.
Why do you need a personal statement and photo?

Restaurants Care is not a financial institution or government agency. We’re a community nonprofit with heart! We are doing everything we can to help restaurants and their crews. Your story helps us know you better. We share stories and photos to show donors the impact of their donation and to bring new champions to our work.

Can restaurants be closed at the time of application?
No. Restaurants must be open for business to be eligible for this grant. Modified business operations such as take-out and delivery only are okay.
Do I have to pay this back?
No! This is not a loan. But you do need to recognize it as revenue, and you should consult with your accountant on any filing required.
Are gifts to the Resilience Fund tax-deductible?

Yes! The Restaurants Care Resilience Fund is a program of the California Restaurant Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that has been serving our restaurant community since 1981. Our agency ID is 95-3676330. You can donate to the fund here or mail a check to California Restaurant Foundation, Resilience Fund, 621 Capitol Mall, Suite 2000, Sacramento, CA 95814

Are food trucks eligible for funding?

Food trucks are indeed eligible for the Sept. 8-22 grant cycle (LA County).

However, food trucks are NOT eligible for the general fall application cycle Oct. 25 - Nov. 8. This has to do with restrictions on donations we receive.

Are nonprofits that have a kitchen eligible to apply?
Unfortunately, no. This fund is designed to uplift small businesses.
Can catering companies apply?

Catering companies are indeed eligible for the Sept. 8-22 grant cycle (LA County).

However, catering companies are NOT eligible for the general fall application cycle Oct. 25 - Nov. 8. This has to do with restrictions on donations we receive.

How can I contact you if I have questions?

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