Resilience Fund

YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

WE’LL TAKE CARE OF YOUR CREW.

Grants Open April 11Donate Today

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

PG&E - Resilience Fund
SDGE - Resilience Fund
CA Community Foundation a Restaurants Care Champion

What resilience looks like 

Grants for operating
A safety-net for crew members 
Free services and resources

 

who is eligible

Eligibility

< 50 employees

Single unit

LA County
SD County
Sac County
Central CA
Bay Area

> 20%
revenue loss
(2019 – 2020)

Currently open

Consideration given to women + people of color

Grant Amount

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.

Chef Plating Food

More than Money

We are committed to long-term success and resilience. Restaurants that receive a grant from the Resilience Fund will be welcomed into a cohort and receive one year of support services and resources to improve their businesses for the long-term. 

How to Apply 

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). 

Join us on April 7 at 10am for a 20-minute webinar on how to apply! We’ll also be hosting a Spanish webinar on April 8 at 10am. We’ll cover eligibility, the application, and take questions.  

 ¡Únete a nosotros el 8 de abril a las 10 de la mañana para un seminario web por Zoom de 20 minutos sobre cómo aplicar! Revisaremos la aplicación y responderemos a preguntas. Si necesitas asistencia de traducción, envía tu nombre y número de teléfono a resilience@restaurantscare.org y te conectaremos con un traductor voluntario que puede ayudarte a completar tu aplicación.

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Food for Thought

The restaurant industry, more than any other industry in the nation, has suffered the most significant sales and job losses since the COVID-19 outbreak began.

1 in 5 unemployed Americans are restaurant workers. The employment shortfall in restaurants in December was nearly three times larger than the next closest industry.

An estimated 76% of eateries are independently owned.

The average restaurant that is now permanently closed was in business for 16 years in the community.
61% of pandemic restaurant closures will be permanent according to data from Yelp.
Black-owned businesses are shutting down twice as fast as others during the pandemic and two-thirds of Black businesses are in regions with the highest levels of COVID-19 cases.

Multiple studies have shown significant disparities in coronavirus financial aid distribution.

Giving Crew

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. 

in the news

Media

Sacramento Business Journal

Sacramento County restaurant operators can apply for grants through new fund.

Times of San Diego

Small local restaurants to get boost from utility company grants

Fox 5

Restaurants apply for $200k worth of small business grants from utility

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, please contact Powerhouse Communications
Kathryn Kelly at kathryn@powerhousecomm.com
Click here for a media toolkit.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Who is eligible to receive a grant?

  • Small restaurant owned by a California restaurant in one of the following counties: Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco or San Joaquin.
  • Must be a customer of either SoCalGas, Pacific Gas & Electric or San Diego Gas & Electric.
  • Can demonstrate a revenue loss of at least 20% from 2019-2020.
  • Have fewer than 50 employees (part-time + full-time combined).
  • Members of the state board of directors of the California Restaurant Association or California Restaurant Foundation are not eligible.   

How are you determining 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. Priority is given to women and people of color.

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. 

Are food trucks eligible for funding? 

Unfortunately not at this time. Our current funding comes from utility companies so applicants must be a customer of SoCalGas, PG&E or SDG&E. We will update this page if that changes. 

Are Long Beach restaurants eligible for funding?

Unfortunately not at this time. Our current funding comes from utility companies so applicants must be a customer of SoCalGas, PG&E or SDG&E. We will update this page if that changes.

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.

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.

How can I contact you if I have questions?

Please email us at resilience@restaurantscare.org.

How can grants be used?

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 – allowing 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.

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.

When is the application deadline?

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 18, 2021 to be considered. 

When will you begin approving grants?

Every effort is being made to process requests efficiently. Our goal is to have the first round of checks distributed by May 14.

Is it first come first serve? 

No. All sumbitted applications will be reviewed. In the case we have more qualified applicants than funding, we will do a lottery draw to determine grant awards.

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 <hyperlink> or mail a check to California Restaurant Foundation, Resilience Fund, 621 Capitol Mall, Suite 2000, Sacramento, CA 95814

How can my county be included in the grant program?

Regions are detemined by where we have funding. We are actively seeking funding that is available to restaurants statewide. If you’d like to provide funding for small restaurants in your community or statewide, please contact us at resilience@restaurantscare.org.

Restaurants, we will keep the website up to date if anything changes or you can sign up for email notifications below. Fingers crossed we’ll be able to announce more regions soon!