SoCalGas announced Monday that it has made a second donation of $525,000 to the California Restaurant Foundation’s Restaurants Care Resilience Fund, which is designed to help small restaurants economically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The utility also encouraged eligible restaurateurs to apply for $3,000 grants during the April 15-April 30 application period.
Applications are available at restaurantscare.org/resilience.
“These grants are intended to support equipment upgrades, employee retention and deferred maintenance, allowing small restaurants to recover after nearly two years of debt, losses and bearing rising costs. costs,” according to a company statement.
The grants will be available to all California-based restaurant owners with fewer than three units and less than $3 million in revenue, the company said. Priority will be given to restaurants owned by women and people of color.
Last year, the fund awarded 318 grants to independent restaurateurs across the state. According to a statement from SoCalGas, 65% of restaurants are owned by women and 83% by people of color.
This year, the fund will award nearly $1.5 million in grants to small businesses, the company said.
“The restaurants and the families and employees who run them have shown incredible resilience and strength as they adapt their businesses to serve us all during the pandemic,” said David Barrett, vice president and general counsel for SoCalGas and a member of the California Restaurant Foundation Board of Directors.
“Last year’s grants provided critical support to local restaurants as they struggled to keep their doors open. This year, grant funds will provide support to kitchens or teams, while supporting restaurant resilience overall.
SoCalGas’ partnership with the California Restaurant Fund is part of its ASPIRE 2045 sustainability goals, which the company says “includes a commitment to invest $50 million to bring about positive change in diverse and underserved communities over the for the next five years”.