NEW APPLICATION FAQ
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Acceptance of new COVID-19 applications have been suspended as of June 15, 2020 (Midnight PT) due to decrease in application volume and drawdown of funding.
How do I apply?
Please go HERE to apply.
Do I need to be a USBG member to apply?
No. You do not need to be a member to apply.
Do I have to apply on the website?
Yes. We can only accept applications and documents through the website. Please do not submit an application via email.
Who can fill out the form?
If you are having trouble filling out the form due to technological or language barriers, please have a friend or family member assist.
Am I eligible?
If you are a bartender, bar back, bar server, or are otherwise engaged in the service or preparation of alcoholic beverages, you are eligible. While eligible for other USBG Foundation programs, shareholders in or owners of, businesses that operate a liquor license are not eligible for COVID-19 Relief Campaign grants. Full eligibility requirements can be found HERE.
I have lost my job, or am in-between jobs, will you help cover loss of income?
No. BEAP grants seek to provide immediate financial assistance for those in the hospitality industry who encounter temporary, emergent, financial hardship due to unforeseen and/or catastrophic life events. Eligibility for a BEAP grant is not based on loss of income. BEAP grants are not intended to serve as either wage or unemployment insurance, but may supplement these programs in certain circumstances.
Are you giving grants to everyone that is eligible?
We will not be able to assist everyone who asks, nor will we have as much money to distribute as is needed. At this time, most everyone working in the hospitality industry has been affected, but we are prioritizing grant awards based on proven emergent need. Due to the volume of applicants, we will only be able to serve those that meet the eligibility criteria and with proven need.
Does the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program Application have to ask so many questions?
Yes. For two main reasons, legality and ethics.
Legal Reasons: In order to be in compliance with the IRS and thus U.S. tax law, the USBG Foundation must maintain an objective and legitimate system for verifying an applicant's level of need. We can only distribute funds for immediate needs which include food, housing, medical, and family emergencies. In order to determine if an applicant meets the need threshold for an emergency aid grant, we a bound by the IRS to ask for verifiable information.
Ethical Reasons: We know that there are millions of hospitality industry members in need due to the COVID-19 crisis. We have been entrusted by our mission, our applicants, and our donors, to deliver emergency aid to those with proven emergent need, and the only way to know that is to ask comprehensive questions.
Do you help people in CA, TX, WY, FL, etc.?
Yes, this grant is open to applicants in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. Territories.
Do you grant to people outside of the United States?
No, grants can only be made to residents of the U.S, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. Territories.
How much will be granted to approved applicants of the COVID-19 Relief Campaign?
For this campaign, we expect grants to range between $150 to $500. This grant is meant to be a modest cushion, a supplement to federal/state relief programs, a small intervention to help someone as they wait for more permanent financial assistance to become available. We are working diligently to assist as many hospitality industry members as we can.
How long will the grant process take?
The average approval process for applicants to receive BEAP grant funding in 2019 was typically 4-5 weeks. We currently have many dedicated volunteers (450+) working diligently and quickly on this campaign in an effort to meet this same high standard despite the extraordinary numbers of applications (over a quarter million) that we are receiving.
Do I have to repay the funds I receive?
No, this is a philanthropic grant and is not a loan. No repayment is required.
Can a business (bar/restaurant) apply for a grant?
No, at this time grants are made only to individuals.
Do you help servers?
Yes and No. You may be eligible for a grant if your place of work holds a beverage alcohol license and you serve alcoholic beverages as part of your job.
Can you help if my work does not serve alcohol?
No, at this time we are unable to accept grants unless your place of work has a beverage alcohol license.
What email address should I use?
Be sure to remember what email address you used in filing your application. This will be the primary email we will use in all of our communications. As some employers are terminating their employees, their work email addresses may no longer be valid. We recommend using a non-work email address.
What documents do I need to upload?
You will need to collect a number of documents. Some are “must-haves” for us to consider them proof. All MUST include you or a member of your household’s name on them. We do not need your SSN to be visible on your W2 of tax return, and we only need your name and DOB visible on your ID.
Accepted Forms of Proof
Proof of Employment in Hospitality Industry: W-2, most recent paycheck stub or letter from your employer
Proof of Income, Job Role: Most recent tax return from 2019 or 2018 or letter from your employer stating your income and job role.
Proof of Dependents: Tax return from 2019 or 2018 that show dependents, proof of adoption from 2019 or 2020, or proof of birth of child from 2019 or 2020.
Proof of Medical Conditions: Letter from your doctor, diagnosis and / or testing forms from doctor or hospital that reference the condition, ultrasound, images prescription bottles or inhalers that also include your name, picture of a pregnant woman holding her ID
Proof of being furloughed, reduced hours or terminated: Letter or digital correspondence from employer, announcement of closure from employer, local or state government.
Proof of default: Letter from creditor, bill showing default / late payment due, eviction notice, communication with landlord stating intent of eviction and/or late payment.
NOT Accepted Forms of Proof
Proof of Employment in Hospitality Industry: paycheck stub from a year ago, W-2 that does not reference your current job in hospitality. (Must prove that your primary job is one that serves alcohol.)
Proof of Income & Job Role: Uploaded note from yourself
Proof of Dependents: Uploaded picture of a child.
Proof of Medical Conditions: Uploaded note from yourself, uploaded image of a prescription bottle that does not reference your name, picture of a pregnant woman
Proof of being furloughed, reduced hours, termination: work schedule, note from yourself
Proof of default: Images of current bills, image of lease agreement. NOTE: While you may assume that you will be in default, that is not proof of default.
If I forgot to upload a document, or uploaded the incorrect document, what should I do?
Due to the high volume of edit requests we are receiving, we must kindly ask that withdraw your application and resubmit. The following help article will explain the steps for withdrawing your submission: How do I withdraw my submission(s)?
Is the grant application (my info) confidential?
Yes. The security of your information and confidentiality is one of our our utmost priorities, grant applications and all personal information are password protected on a secure server.
Why do you ask for my SSN?
UPDATE: We are no longer asking for a SSN on the application.
I filled out an application, how do I know if it’s been received?
You should receive your first communication within 72 hours of filing.
What do I do if I entered information incorrectly or did not upload correct documents?
If you’ve been invited to move onto Phase Two, applicants are able to upload additional forms.
How soon can I get my money?
The average approval process for applicants to receive BEAP grant funding in 2019 was typically 4-5 weeks. We currently have many dedicated volunteers working diligently and quickly on this campaign in an effort to meet this same high standard despite the extraordinary numbers of applications (over a quarter million) that we are receiving.
How do I know you are a legitimate charity?
We are a 501(c)3 registered charity, you can find our documentation HERE.
Where does your funding come from?
Our funding comes from individual and corporate/institutional donors. We receive no funding from the U.S. Government.