(Last updated 4/1/2020)
Atlantans and people around the world are rising up to help those impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus) during these challenging times. Whether you are looking for ways to help during this crisis or if you need help, you can use this list of resources to help our hospitality community and those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
City, state and federal governments are working on emergency legislation to address the widespread financial and health impacts caused by the COVID-19 crisis in Atlanta and beyond. In Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order creating a $7 million emergency fund to provide assistance to those impacted by COVID-19, among many other efforts by the city. City and state updates and travel resources can be found here.
What else can you do to help? Support restaurants by ordering delivery and take-out or purchase gift cards, give to performers, musicians, artists and others through virtual tip jars, check with your school districts to help children and families in need, reach out to neighbors, especially the elderly, the health compromised and those who could use a call. Check out the resources below for ways to help or get help.
United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta have partnered to create the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. The fund provides immediate support to those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This help includes emergency assistance, health services and critical needs such as childcare and food.
Atlanta Community Food Bank works with more than 600 nonprofit partners to distribute more than 60 million meals in 29 counties across metro ATL and north Georgia. Help the Food Bank prepare for increased hunger during this COVID-19 crisis.
Open Hand delivers more than 5,000 healthy meals to vulnerable Atlantans every day for those who might go without. Currently Open Hand needs financial contributions and volunteers to deliver meals.
The ACVB team has gathered job openings available during this crisis for hospitality workers and others who have been impacted. These include global, regional, local and virtual job opportunities.
The Feeding America mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and to engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Giving Kitchen is requesting one-time donations or small, recurring donations through Pass the Hat to help food service workers affected by COVID-19 and other personal crises. Food service workers in Georgia diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or those who are under doctor’s orders for a mandatory quarantine are eligible to ask for help from Giving Kitchen. Those experiencing hardship who do not meet these criteria may still be eligible for resource referrals through the Stability Network and updated list of local and national resources.
Former Atlanta resident Adam Darby, who now resides in Nairobi, has created a searchable database that lists bars and restaurants with links to donation pages. The site currently lists more than 40 bars and restaurants and a handful of entertainment venues and organizations.
Spearheaded by Michael Lennox, CEO & Founder of Electric Hospitality (Ladybird, Golden Eagle, Muchacho), #ATLFAMILYMEAL is a community of Atlanta area chefs, restaurant owners, hospitality workers and business/non-profit leaders rallying together to help the Atlanta hospitality community and its people survive and thrive.
ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC AND FILM INDUSTRY RESOURCES
C4 is providing a temporary relief fund for C4 member artists affected by COVID-19 because of lost income due to canceled gigs, projects and events. On hundred percent of all donations will be used for grants to artists unable to meet financial obligations or in need of necessities because lost revenue from canceled opportunities.
Formed to provide relief to the theater community, the volunteer group delivers free home-cooked, nutritious meals directly to artists who are unable to leave their homes or are out of work. The Facebook group is also a resource for artists.
Georgia Council for the Arts is providing information on the COVID-19 impact on GCA grants and useful resources for nonprofit arts organizations and artists.
Creative Capital is continually updating an extensive list of resources available to artists nationwide who are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The Recording Academy has launched the #COVID19 Relief Fund alongside its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares. With initial contributions of $2 million, COVID-19 Relief Fund was established to help people in the music industry affected by the outbreak and cancellation of music events.
Billboard is updating a state-by-state resource guide to help music professionals during this crisis.
HOTEL INDUSTRY ADVOCACY
Updates on the newly passed CARES Act including eligibility, the types of financial assistance available and how our hospitality partners (hotels, restaurants, attractions, non-profits, etc.) can apply are provided below. The following information has been assembled by the team at U.S. Travel Association (USTA). Ongoing updates will also be available through Georgia Hospitality & Lodging Association and Georgia Restaurant Association.
USTA Overview outlining CARES Act provisions and eligibility:
Separate documents outlining information on each program available below:
Another helpful reference is the CARES Act Eligibility Guide.