COVID-19: Restaurant Worker Relief Programs

Fulton County Rental Assistance Program

Fulton County is preparing to launch a COVID-19 rental and utility assistance program based on an $18 million federal funding award through the U.S. Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

Eligible Fulton County residents outside the City of Atlanta will be able to apply through an online application in early March. Eligible expenses include rent, rental arrears, and utilities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Governor Kemp Announces $552M Georgia Rental Assistance Program

Governor Kemp announced that the State of Georgia has received more than $552 million in stimulus funds through the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Congress appropriated $25 billion to provide relief to landlords and tenants who are behind on rent and utility payments due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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City of Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The City of Atlanta has taken the initiative to support families negatively affected by COVID-19 by allocating a total of $22 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, a program that provides financial assistance for rent, utilities, and security deposits.

The City of Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available to City of Atlanta residents ONLY. Funds may be used to cover past due rent, utilities, and move-in deposits as a result of impending eviction.


United Way Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

United Way has partnered with the Community Foundation of Atlanta to establish the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. People can access help by dialing 211 or visiting the website: To locate community resources during the Coronavirus crisis (including food pantries and child care provider referrals) click on the "Disaster" category, then on the "Coronavirus" subcategory.


Another Round, Another Rally

Hospitality financial resource nonprofit Another Round, Another Rally is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or have had their hours slashed due to coronavirus. Anyone in the hospitality industry is eligible and grants are distributed via a variety of cash apps and services.


Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation

This Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation emergency fund is geared towards individual restaurant workers undergoing financial hardship due to the coronavirus. The fund is also providing zero interest loans for businesses to maintain payroll during closures or reopen once the virus begins to recede.


One Fair Wage 

One Fair Wage's Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund serves to give cash assistance to any service industry employee who needs it. The program is open to restaurant workers as well as delivery drivers and others. Workers who are already members of One Fair Wage or who sign up and participate in a confirmation interview will be qualified to receive assistance.


Go Tip ‘Em

Go Tip 'Em gives people the chance to help a bartender affected by the coronavirus by donating to a virtual tip jar. All donors need to do is post a photo of a beer, wine, spirit, or cocktail on social media with #gotipem, select a bartender from a list on the Go Tip ‘Em site, and then send any amount to that bartender’s preferred payment service.


USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

The United States Bartenders Guild is running a covid-19 relief campaign that awards bartenders and their families with grants. The funds are available to even those who are not USBG members and bartenders, bar backs, bar servers, or anyone else engaged in the service of alcoholic beverages can apply.


Restaurant Strong fund

Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation are bringing the successful Restaurant Strong Fund to 20 total states to aid the restaurant workers impacted by the Covid-19 closures. Following the success of the Massachusetts launch in mid-March, Samuel Adams is donating over $2,000,000 to kickstart funding in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont.


Dislocated Worker Relief Fund:

Dislocated Worker Grants are discretionary grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grants provide resources to states in response to large, unexpected layoff events that cause significant job losses - all with the purpose of re-employing laid-off workers and enhancing their employability and earnings. Funding will help WorkSource Georgia and the Georgia Department of Labor continue assisting individuals that are preparing to re-enter the workforce.

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Assistance for those who have tested positive for COVID-19: