Beliefs & Principles.
Restaurants are the soul of our country, where we gather to meet friends and share experiences with loved ones. Unfortunately, in this current crisis, states have mandated restaurants close for the safety of their staff and the general public. This has created an unprecedented burden on restaurateurs and chefs as they put their dreams on hold and face an uncertain future. Our goal is to help as many restaurateurs reopen as possible.
Heart to Harvest has launched the Restaurant Rescue Fund to establish a grant program for restaurateurs in the New York Metro area and New Jersey. Our goal is to help owners reopen their restaurants for dine-in service and the small farmers who supply them.
Restaurants are not only a vital source of jobs, they also support a wide range of industries from small farms and food distributors to paper goods and carting companies to florists and designers to wineries, breweries and spirits companies. The list is endless, all interwoven and all suffering due to the pandemic. Without a vibrant restaurant industry, many other businesses will not be able to return.
Heart to Harvest will also offer additional resources and support for restaurants that are reopening including ongoing assistance with landlords and vendors.
HOW THE FUND WORKS.
Heart to Harvest is accepting donations on an ongoing basis. The more individuals and corporations donate, the more restaurants we can help reopen for dine in service
On June 10, applications will open for restaurateurs. Owners will be able to apply if they have 5 or fewer restaurants in New Jersey, New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties
A team of business and restaurant industry experts will evaluate the applications and roll out grants once government mandates are relaxed
Grants will start at $5,000 for restaurants that reopen and purchase from local farms. A portion of the fund will be reserved for regional farms. Grants will not need to be paid back.
Ongoing assistance will be available to grant recipients, to include assistance with landlords, vendor payments, resources that can help with HR and more
A portion of the fund will be reserved to assist partner farms that supply restaurants (applications will open in late May)