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Assistance and Resource Guide for Restaurants

A resource guide for restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis

Assistance and Resource Guide for Restaurants

National Assistance and Resource Guide

Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants (ROAR) - Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants (ROAR) is an organization that has partnered with Robin Hood — New York City’s largest and most-effective poverty-fighting organization —  to raise donations for a New York City restaurant employee relief fund for restaurant industry workers who’ve found themselves out of work from mandated shutdowns due to COVID-19. Recipients of the fund will receive a one-time grant of $500 to help with rent, put food on the table, pay for medication, school, child care and more. 

Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) - The Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) was formed to save the local restaurants and bars affected by COVID-19 and the subsequent economic fallout. They represent the 11 million independent restaurant employees who are at risk of losing their jobs due to COVID-19 as well as 500,000 small businesses across the country.

National Restaurant Association - Resources and information by state. 

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) - Restaurant employees who suffer a financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic can request a one-time payment of $500 from this relief fund. 

James Beard Foundation Relief Fund - To help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses, the Foundation launched a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.

ROC United Relief - In this time of crisis, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

Oyster Sunday - Oyster Sunday is committed to supporting independent restaurants during COVID-19 with free consultations to ensure they have another resource in their corner during these unimaginably trying times. From communications to thinking through cash flow constraints, their consultation service is free, available and open to all restaurants.

Spill the Dish- Database of financial aid that combines donor funds with resources from government agencies and nonprofits

Give Local -  Aggregating lists of restaurants promoting gift card sales while doors are closed

Another Round, Another Rally Fund Another Round, Another Rally is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. We’re also collecting donations from community members willing to help their hospitality-industry friends and neighbors stay afloat in this time of uncertainty.

Lift Your Spirits Fund - Make a video in which you mix your favorite drink, say a toast to those affected in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry, and post it to your social media accounts using #LiftYourSpirits.  The last step is to challenge your friends to do the same and to send a gift to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) that turns a tip into a donation for restaurant, foodservice and hospitality workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

USBG Emergency Fund - Bartender emergency assistance program available to all bartenders or the spouse or child of a bartender.

RWCF Crisis Relief Fund - A crisis relief fund to direct money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community, to provide zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll during closure or re-open once this crisis has passed, and to establish a relief fund for individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19.

OFW Emergency Fund - Providing free, cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers — who are seeing their income decline during this disaster or aren’t able to work because of quarantines or other health concerns.

CORE Gives - CORE grants support to children of food and beverage service employees navigating life-altering circumstances.

Rent Assistance - Rent assistance provides a directory of rental assistance agencies and organizations that will help you pay your rent. Some listings are government organizations other are non-profits and charities that offer rental assistance programs.

Dining Bonds Initiative - Due to the impact that the coronavirus COVID-19 has had on the restaurant community, a collective of restaurant industry professionals have set a global initiative in motion to get funds into the hands of restaurants NOW, even if they are temporarily closed. A Dining Bond works like a savings bond, where you can purchase a "bond" at a value rate to be redeemed for face value at a future date. 

Facebook Small Business Grants Program - Grants will be available for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. That would be an average of $3,333 per business.

The Best Small Business Loans - Helpful information from the team at Money.

Restaurant Resources and Assistance by State


Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association: Coronavirus Infomation & Resources 

ASBDC: Small Business Guidance on COVID-19


Alaska SBDC Message Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association: Coronavirus and Hospitality Information


Arizona Department of Economic Security COVID-19 Services


Arkansas Economic Development Commission: COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Employees

Arkansas Hospitality Association: COVID-19 Information & Resources

Little Rock Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

ASBTDC: COVID-19 Resources

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19/Coronavirus and Arkansas 


California Restaurant Association Foundation: COVID-19 Resources & Assistance

California Restaurant Association: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources 

San Francisco COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund

LA Small Business Development Center’s COVID-19 Response Guide 

California Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) - COVID-19 Resources

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development: Coronavirus/COVID-19

Golden Rule Charity Grant- Grants for CA Restaurants Suffering Hardship From COVID-19.

COVID-19 LA County Response Fund

Los Angeles City Small Business Emergency Microloan Program

San Diego Small Business Relief Fund

Resources for Undocumented Restaurant Workers in CA


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policies and Protocols for the Colorado Restaurant Industry

Resources for Denver Small Businesses, Tourism Workers, Artists Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC): COVID-19 Small Business Response Resources 


Connecticut Small Business Development Center: COVID-19 Tips for Small Businesses

Support the CRA's Letter to Governor Lamont on COVID-19 Relief for Restaurants! 


Delaware Division of Small Business: COVID-19 Response


Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey for COVID-19

Florida League of Cities Coronavirus Resources

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association COVID-19 Resources


The Giving Kitchen - COVID-19

Georgia Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Resource Center

Georgia SBDC Information & Resource Guide


Hawaii Restaurant Association - Latest on COVID-19


Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association 

Local Food Alliance - Local Food Resources During COVID-19


Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES): COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits

Illinois Technology Association: Small Business Administration Response to COVID-19

Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund


Indiana Restaurant Association Coronavirus Resources



Iowa Restaurant Association: Coronavirus Information and Resources 


Kansas Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency Fund 

Kansas Restaurant Association COVID-19 Information


Kentucky Restaurant Association COVID-19 Resources  


New Orleans & Company Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness 

Louisiana Small Business Development Center Virtual Advisory & Consulting Services 

Louisiana Workforce Commission COVID-19 Information 


Maine SBDC: Coronavirus Impact on Business


Maryland SBDC - Resources for Small Businesses

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund


Restaurant Strong Fund

Behind You Inc. Emergency Fund for Massachusetts Restaurants


Michigan SBDC - Small Business Resources

Michigan Small Business Relief Program


Hospitality Minnesota Resources 

Small Business Emergency Loan


Mississippi SBDC - Resource Guide


Missouri SBDC - COVID-19 Resource Guide


Montana Restaurant Association


Nebraska Restaurant Association


Nevada Restaurant Association Coronavirus Information

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association Coronavirus Information

New Jersey

New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association Coronavirus Information

New Mexico

New Mexico SBDC - Small Business Resource Guide

New York

Family Meal Hospitality Trust

Department of Small Business Services: Employee Retention Grant

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation Resources

Rethink Food Restaurant Grant

Alcohol pickup and delivery, Safekeeping, Returns & Other Resources

NYC Hospitality Alliance COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Support and Relief Efforts

New York SBDC - Coronavirus Resource Guide

North Carolina

North Carolina DHHS - COVID-19 Businesses and Employers

North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery for Small Businesses

North Dakota

North Dakota Hospitality Association Coronavirus Information


Ohio Restaurant Association COVID-19 Resources

The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Program


Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce - COVID-19 Resources


Oregon Business Coronavirus Information

Jade District-Old Town COVID-19 Small Business Response Fund

Beaverton Emergency Business Assistance Program


Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry: Business Resources for Coronavirus

Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants - COVID-19 Business Planning Guide

South Carolina

South Carolina Restaurant Association COVID-19 Resources

South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation: COVID-19 Resources 


Hospitality Tennessee Resources

Tennessee Action for Hospitality


Texas Restaurant Association - Coronavirus Resources

City of Austin - COVID-19 Information for Businesses, Events, & Venues



Salt Lake City Economic Development - Business Resources for COVID-19

Salt Lake City Emergency Loan Program


Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development - COVID-19 Guidance 


Virginia Chamber of Commerce - COVID-19 Guide

Emergency Layoff Aversion Assistance Program


Governor's Office COVID-19 Resource List

Washington SBDC - COVID-19 Resources

Amazon Seattle Cash Grants for Businesses 

Seattle Office of Economic Development grants of up to $10,000

The Plate Fund

West Virginia

West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association Resources


Wisconsin Restaurant Association Coronavirus Information

Small Business 20/20


Wyoming SBDC - COVID-19 Resource Guide

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