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We’re building a list of aid programs that may be useful to those affected by the crisis. Some submissions courtesy of Shopify, Welcome Conference, and Booooooom.


Restaurant Opportunities Center: The organization is raising funds to provide free emergency cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers, and other tipped and service workers impacted by the crisis.

ReThink Food: The non-profit has set up a Restaurant Response Program to assist with food need and access during times of crisis.  If you are a NYC based restaurant - you are eligible for the program.

The Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation: A community dedicated to making the restaurant industry more hospitable to everyone. they have established an emergency relief fund.

USBG National Charity Foundation: They have created the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program.

Giving Kitchen: The Atlanta-based non-profit is offering assistance for restaurant workers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as well as resources for the hospitality community in the greater Atlanta area.

Southern Smoke: The Austin-based organization is fundraising for restaurant relief donations and distributing them to restaurant workers in need.

Dining Bonds Initiative: A collective of restaurant industry professionals have set a national initiative in motion to get funds into the hands of restaurants NOW, even if they are temporarily closed.

Hook Hall: Washington D.C. tavern and event space has created a relief fund in partnership with Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) Foundation. The fund accepts donations to assemble and distribute as many health care kits to hospitality workers as possible.

One Fair Wage: A worker support fund that provides cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.

Family Meal: A Portland-based non-profit that will be providing grants for hospitality workers who are facing medical downturn after being tested positive for the coronavirus.

D.C. Virtual Tip Jar: DC Virtual Tip Jar is a running list of service workers in the Washington DC and their Venmo accounts where  people can donate extra cash to specific individuals in the foodservice industry.

James Beard Foundation Relief Fund: The Foundation is launching 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. The goal is to help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses.

LEE initiative: Chef Edward Lee in partnership with Makers Mark and the Lee Initiative, have turned restaurants across the country into relief centers with local chefs for any restaurant workers who have been laid off.


3Arts Emergency Resources for Artists: lots of great resources for those based in US and specifically in Chicago

Artist Trust: artist-specific resources for Americans and also specific links for Seattle

50 State Guide to Unemployment & Paid Leave in the Time of Coronavirus: Information updated as each state releases policies related to paid unemployment, paid leave, etc.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: free and low fee legal services for art community

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants: program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies

CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund: artists who experience career threatening illness can apply

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants: If you are seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19 you can apply for support from our COVID-19 Relief Fund

NYFA Emergency Resources: a lifeline for artists experiencing both unexpected and long-term, chronic challenges

Boston Artist Relief Funds: grants of $500 and $1000 for artists who live in Boston

Musicares Grants: Recording Academy grants for musicians

Updated April, 2020.

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