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Have a general question about our grant program? Then you are in the correct place. If you are looking for something else please navigate back to the main FAQ page HERE

What is the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program?

The purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) is to assist qualified bartenders, barbacks, and bar servers who are in need of financial assistance as a result of a catastrophic event or an emergency hardship. The USBG Foundation has adopted procedures in order to ensure that recipients are selected on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. 

What is the Helen David Relief Fund?

The Helen David Relief Fund (HDRF) honors the memory of the beloved Port Huron, MI bar owner and community leader who was a two-time breast cancer survivor. Helen David stands as an inspiration to those living with the disease. Her cousin, Tony Abou-Ganim founded the HDRF in her name to assist qualified members of the hospitality industry who are taking on cancer, and specifically breast cancer, with the dignity and courage Helen displayed throughout her battle.

How do I donate to help?

Please donate HERE.


Can I set up a fundraiser to help?

Yes. You can set up a fundraiser that links to our campaign page, or you can start a Facebook Fundraiser. You can even start a GoFundMe and donate the proceeds on our campaign page (above).

How are you using funds raised for your grant programs?

The USBG Foundation's Board of Directors has approved the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) and the Helen David Relief Fund (HDRF) to use funds raised through our fundraising efforts for use in making emergency financial assistance grants to qualified members of the hospitality industry facing hardship due to fire, weather, family emergency, and/or cancer.

Are you grant applications HIPAA compliant?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPAA, is a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. The USBG Foundation is not a Covered Entity as defined by HIPAA, so the legislation does not apply to our grant funds. Please click here for more information on HIPPA.

Why is the USBG Foundation not prioritizing USBG Members for grants?

IRS regulations state that a non-private foundation cannot prioritize program participation, selection, or outcomes, based on paid membership.

How much is the USBG Foundation taking in administrative costs/"overhead"?

For donations made to our grant programs, we are working diligently to keep overhead low, keeping it around the standard of the standard percentage of 10%. These overhead costs are used to help the organization staff and painting these vital safety net programs.


Why is there a "would I like to withdraw my application?" question?

We have received enough queries via email requesting the option to withdraw an application that we integrated that function into the application. Perhaps an applicant’s situation has improved or changed and they no longer wish to apply for a grant, or they find the application process too rigorous. Either way, it is our responsibility to allow for the option to withdraw.

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