COVID-19 RELIEF CAMPAIGN FAQ 

Have a general question about the COVID-19 Relief Campaign? Then you are in the correct place. If you are looking for something else please navigate back to the main FAQ page HERE

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.

What is the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program?

The purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) is to assist qualified bartenders, bar backs, 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. 

 

Why are you still fundraising if you are not accepting applications?

Our goal is to award grants to all viable applicants. Meeting this goal means that we must continue to raise funds in order to cover the expected grant awards.

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 the COVID-19 Relief Campaign?

The USBG Foundation's Board of Directors has approved the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) to use funds raised through the COVID-19 Relief Campaign for use in making emergency financial assistance grants to qualified members of the hospitality industry.

 

What's the purpose of the COVID-19 specific BEAP grants?

These grants are meant to be a cushion, a supplement to federal/state relief programs, a modest intervention to help a grantee as they wait for more permanent financial assistance to become available.

Is the BEAP application 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 the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Please click here for more information on HIPPA.

Why is the USBG Foundation not prioritizing USBG Members for COVID-19 specific BEAP 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 COVID-19 Relief Campaign donations we are working diligently to lower overhead, bringing it down significantly from the standard percentage of 10%, closer to 5%.  We have certain donors that have requested a portion of their donation be used explicitly for these costs which helps us reduce operating costs further. These overhead costs are being used to help the organization scale up infrastructure and staff to meet the unprecedented number of applications.

 

Why is there a "would I like to withdraw my application?" question on the Phase 2 application?

We have received enough queries via email requesting the option to withdraw an application that we integrated it into the Phase 2 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.

 

Why is there a "do you know someone who would like to donate?" question on the Phase 1 application communications?

The language asking applicants if they know anyone who would like to donate was included to maximize an early fundraising campaign based on matching individual donor funds. We’ve since removed it. It was brought to our to our attention by and applicant and that was much appreciated. This is further evidence that we’re all in this together and are a stronger community for it.

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