The Resilience Foundation for Restaurant Care is now open to SD restaurant owners

See + did The California Restaurant Fund has once again partnered with California Energy Companies to provide $ 3,000 grants to independent restaurant owners and their staff

Monday, April 18, 2022



Due to the success of last year’s opening program, the California Restaurant Fund (CRF) has partnered again with California Energy Companies to provide $ 3,000 grants to independent restaurant owners and their staff through the Restaurant Care Fund.

Stronger and better than ever

The association, known for the investment and empowerment of California restaurants and their workforce, received nearly $ 1,500,000 for the fund this year. SoCalGas provided the top $ 525,000 gift, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG & E) returned with donations of $ 500,000 and $ 175,000, respectively. Ultimately the fund is a $ 250,000 donation from Wells Fargo, which will enable support services and resources to help recipients of resilience fund grants improve their long-term business.

“We are excited to partner again with CRF and continue to help the California restaurant community build back stronger and better than ever,” said David Barrett, vice president and legal counsel at SoCalGas, the Resilience Foundation’s chief sponsor.

“It was incredibly inspiring to read last year’s recipients’ resilience stories and help them keep their doors open. This time, we’re referring to longer-term investments that will build a strong and stable foundation for our independent restaurant owners.”

Investing and Restoring the California Restaurant Community

While last year’s resilience fund grants were intended to be used for salary expenses and ‘survival’ – in fact, 73 percent of recipients used work coverage grants – this year’s resilience fund program focuses on investing and rehabilitating the California restaurant community.

Grant recipients can use this year’s funds to upgrade equipment and employee retention bonuses to alleviate industry manpower issues and deferral maintenance caused due to two years of taking on debts, losses and rising costs. One year of support services will help restaurants rebuild and prosper.

“From last year’s group, 64 percent of our grant recipients said conditions were still tough but improving, and 90 percent said the grant was ‘very important’ to the survival of their restaurant,” said Alicia Hershfield, CEO of CRF.

“It will take years for the industry to fully recover, which is why we are grateful that SoCalGas, PG&E, SDG & E and Wells Fargo have shared with us once again to invest in our country’s most eclectic and flexible restaurant community.”

Applications open between April 15-30, 2022

Applications for the Resilience Fund will be open from April 15-30, 2022 and can be found here. Grants will be available to all California restaurant owners with less than three units and revenues of less than $ 3 million. Preference will be given to women-owned and colored restaurants. Last year, the Resilience Foundation awarded 318 grants to independent restaurant owners, 65% of them owned by women and 83% owned by color.

The Resilience Fund is now receiving additional support from corporations, foundations and individuals who want to invest in the recovery of California restaurants. Donations of all sizes are accepted and celebrated here.

For more information on the California Restaurant Fund, Restaurant Care or Resilience Fund, please visit here.

About the California Restaurant Fund (CRF)

California is home to more than 90,000 eateries that roll in more than $ 72 billion in sales and employ more than 1.6 million workers, making restaurants an undisputed driving force in the state’s economy. The California Restaurant Fund is a nonprofit that empowers and invests in the California restaurant workforce. Founded in 1981, CRF supports the restaurant community through relief grants for restaurant workers facing difficulty, job training and life skills for 13,500 high school students each year, and scholarships. Another visit here.

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