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27,500 COVID-19 Grants Awarded to Date


The USBG Foundation to pause acceptance of new applications for grant assistance on Monday, June 15 while fundraising continues.

HENDERSON, NV (JUNE 9, 2020) - The USBG National Charity Foundation announces today that it has disbursed a total of 27,500 grants through its Bartender Emergency Assistance Program COVID-19 Relief Campaign.

“As an organization, we’re proud to provide a small cushion to thousands of those in our community who have seen their livelihoods adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said USBG National Charity Foundation volunteer board member Kim Haasarud. “These are bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers from all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the majority of whom have worked full-time in the bar industry for more than a decade. All have found themselves experiencing some level of food insecurity, housing insecurity, medical needs or a combination of those things.”

Via the COVID-19 Relief Campaign, modest, yet meaningful emergency grants of $150-500 drawn from generous donations have, since April 8, been allocated to eligible applicants with the intention of supplementing federal relief programs that are designed to help with larger, sustained expenses.

The USBG Foundation also announces that as of 11:59 p.m. Pacific on Monday, June 15, it will suspend acceptance of new grant applications through its COVID-19 Relief Campaign.

Continued Haasarud, “This is one of the heartbreaking realities we’re forced to stare down. Right now we have $8.5 million in committed donations - enough in donations to fund a total of 30,000 grants. We need a total of $18 million to fund grants for all eligible applicants that we currently have. As such, on Monday, June 15 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific, we will pause acceptance of new applications while we continue to fundraise in an effort to help as many of those eligible applicants already in our system.”

More information on the USBG National Charity Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Campaign can be found here.


Follow updates through USBG National Charity Foundation social media channels: IG/FB/TWITTER: @usbgncf/@USBGNCF/@USBGNCF

Tune into the USBG National Charity Foundation’s weekly Instagram Live briefing @usbgncf on Thursday, June 11 at noon Pacific/3 p.m. Eastern.


About the USBG National Charity Foundation

The USBG National Charity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, advances the lifelong stability and well-being of service industry professionals through education and charitable activities. The USBG Foundation accomplishes this mission through programming that focuses on social responsibility, community service, and philanthropy. The USBG Foundation was formed in 2012 to expand the charitable impact of the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) community. You can learn more about the USBG Foundation at

About the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

The purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is to assist those in the bar industry who are in need of assistance as a result of a catastrophic event or an emergency hardship. Fire, weather, medical, national crisis, or a family emergency, the BEAP is here to assist bartenders in their time of need. Our goal is to assist as many qualified industry members as possible each and every year. We are striving to ensure that the BEAP is sustained as a safety net for those in the industry who need it most. Our hope is that you will support us to "help us serve those who serve us.” Find out more at


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