COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Programs

COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Programs
Dew Smith

By Dew Smith

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    Governments and hospitality organizations alike are banding together to help restaurateurs in need with relief measures and programs to alleviate some of the financial burden brought on by COVID-19. Below, you'll find a list of available programs in different regions available for restaurants.

    The 7shifts team will continue updating this resource as the situation evolves and new programs are rolled out. Follow us on Instagram or LinkedIn to receive more updates or send in your suggestions.

    Last updated March 24th at  11 am EST.

    Relief programs for restaurant owners & employers

    Where? From who? Details Amount
    USA USGB National Charity Foundation Bartender emergency assistance program for bartenders, spouses, and their children affected. Varies
    USA One Fair Wage 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. Varies
    USA U.S Small Business Administration Low-interest loans up to $2 million through the Small Business Administration for states impacted by COVID-19. up to $2 million
    USA Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation RWCF COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund providing funds to individual restaurant workers and zero-interest loans for restaurants to get up and running. Varies
    USA - NYC NYC Government Zero-interest loans of up to $75,000 for businesses with less than 100 employees. 40% of payroll costs covered for businesses with less than 5 employees. up to $75,000
    USA - Sacramento Rethink Rethink has set up a Restaurant Response Program to assist with food need and access during times of crisis. up to $40,000
    USA - San Francisco City of Sacramento Government Zero-interest loans of up to $25,000 to help businesses affected by COVID-19. up to $25,000
    USA - Seattle Seattle Office of Economic Development Seattle Office of Economic Development grants of up to $10,000 for small business owners who make 80 percent or less of the area’s median income, have a physical location, and 5 or fewer employees. up to $10,000
    USA - Seattle Amazon Amazon’s Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund cash grants for South Lake Union and Regrade small businesses. For businesses with less than $7 million in annual revenue or fewer than 50 employees within a few blocks of its Seattle headquarters. Varies
    USA - Seattle Amazon Amazon’s Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund cash grants for South Lake Union and Regrade small businesses. For businesses with less than $7 million in annual revenue or fewer than 50 employees within a few blocks of its Seattle headquarters. Varies
    Various - 30 countries Facebook Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries here Facebook operates Varies
    Canada Government of Canada To support businesses that are facing revenue losses and to help prevent lay-offs, the government is proposing to provide eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Businesses will be able to benefit immediately from this support by reducing their remittances of income tax withheld on their employees’ remuneration. $1375 per employee and $25,000 per employer
    Canada BDC Low-interest loans up to $100,000 if your business has been generating revenues for at least 24 months. up to $100,000
    Canada - Saskatchewan SK Government Self-Isolation Support Program: Administered by the Ministry of Finance, the program will provide $450 per week, for a maximum of two weeks or $900. Applies to small business owners who are affected directly by COVID-19. up to $900
    UK UK Government Recover 2 weeks of sick pay due to COVID-19 for businesses with fewer than 250 employees. £3,000 for businesses whose property’s rateable value is less than £15,000. 2 weeks of sick pay or £3,000
    UK - Scotland Scotland Government 75% rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of less than £69,000 from April 1, 2020. 75% rates relief
    UK - Scotland Scotland Government Grants of at least £3,000 to small businesses in sectors facing the worst economic impact of COVID-19. £3,000+

    Relief programs for restaurant staff & employees

    Where? From who? Details Amount
    USA USGB National Charity Foundation Bartender emergency assistance program for bartenders, spouses, and their children affected. Varies
    USA One Fair Wage 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. Varies
    Canada Government of Canada Emergency Care Benefit—providing financial support to employees who do not have access to paid sick leave or are taking care of sick family members. up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks
    Canada Government of Canada Long-term support for employees who can't access EI and who are facing unemployment. Varies
    Canada - Alberta Alberta Government The Alberta government is offering an Emergency Isolation Support program to provide a one-time fee of $1,146 to employees without access to EI. $1,146
    Canada - BC BC Government BC Emergency Benefit for Workers: The BC government has introduced a one-time, tax free payment of $1,000 to BC workers whose work has been affected by COVID-19. $1,000

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    Dew Smith
    Dew Smith

    Hey! I'm Dew, the Brand Strategist at 7shifts. I cultivate 7shifts' social and content garden, and I'm always looking for ways to grow our network of restaurateurs, local talent, and tech companies.