Right now, all over the country, America’s independent bars, restaurants, stages and local neighborhood spaces are in danger of disappearing.
Adversely impacted by the pandemic, these beloved institutions of community, places that bring us music and shape the heart and soul of culture need your help to keep their doors open. To save our local restaurants and bars, we need direct financial support - that means grants and public policy solutions.
You can help support this grant program by making a donation today!
We must come together to meet the urgency of the moment. We are partnering with Crown Royal to help preserve these important small businesses and demand more from Congress.
Singer/songwriters Ari Lennox and Anthony Ramos are lending their incredible talent to help raise awareness and critical funding for this effort. They've recreated the famed song, “If You Want Me to Stay,” a classic, poignantly titled to inspire hope, unity and generosity, while giving back to these small business landmarks.
Applications are now open
The Main Street Relief Fund is now open for applications. Twenty-five awards of $10,000 will be granted to small business restaurants, bars and live entertainment venues across the nation, with priority in the initial round given to businesses in Atlanta, GA, Norfolk, VA, Detroit, MI and Milwaukee, WI. Small businesses outside these target markets are still eligible to apply. Subsequent rounds will be announced in 2021. All small businesses in these industries are encouraged to apply, and will be eligible for subsequent rounds if not selected.
Grant Application Details:
- Round 1: Nov 5th - Nov 30th; deadline to apply is November 30, 2020 -- 5pm ET.
- Award announcements will be made the first week of December.
- Subsequent rounds will be announced in 2021.
Eligibility: Preference will be given to restaurants, bars and live entertainment venues in target markets who hosted live music and entertainment events through February 2020, and did not receive any federal COVID relief funding, and are owned by people of color or women. All small businesses who hosted live events are eligible to apply.
Grant Details: You may use this funding to cover business expenses (rent, payroll, PPE purchases, etc.). It cannot be used for any personal expenses.
Not a live events small business, but want to show support?
This relief fund was set up as a small support for many of the small businesses unable to access federal relief and in industries that will be likely the last to return to pre-COVID levels. However, small businesses across the country are hurting, and small grants will never be enough. It will take all of our voices to pressure Congress for more comprehensive COVID relief that is not only more support, but expanded accessibility for small business owners unable to access the CARES Act funding due to badly designed programs that ultimately shut out Black and Brown small businesses at higher rates.
To support subsequent rounds of the Main Street Relief Fund, we are also accepting individual donations. Your clients or customers may be interested in also supporting, feel free to share this donation opportunity with them.
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