Los Angeles County restaurants can still apply for up to $3,500 in pandemic relief grants through the California Restaurant Foundation’s (CRF) Restaurants Care Resilience Fund. Grants will be available to single-unit, California-based restaurants with a staff of 50 or fewer employees. To qualify, the restaurant must be a SoCalGas customer, currently open, and have experienced a revenue loss of at least 20 percent from 2019-2020.
To learn more about the fund, click here.
The fund was co-founded by SoCalGas and represents the company’s single largest community donation to date. The program is expected to help about 125 restaurants in LA County that have suffered losses pay for things like payroll and hiring new employees.
“We are proud to partner with the California Restaurant Foundation to support small business in one of the hardest hit industries by the pandemic,” said Andy Carrasco, vice president of communications, local government, and community affairs at SoCalGas. “By investing in the long-term success of local restaurants, we can also preserve jobs and help our communities thrive.”
The Restaurants Care Resilience Fund is part of a statewide effort between the California Restaurant Foundation and energy companies. The program focuses on long-term resilience for small restaurants that have struggled the most during the pandemic. In addition to the $3,500 grant, restaurants will be welcomed into a cohort and receive one year of support services and resources to improve their businesses for the long term.
“We know that restaurants have a lot going on right now so we wanted to make this application as simple as possible. It should take about 30 minutes to complete and we have checklists and tools available on our website to help,” said Alycia Harshfield, executive director of the California Restaurant Foundation.
To submit a grant application, click here.