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PG&E will offer $3,000 grants to independent restaurants

Grant recipients can use the money to upgrade equipment to mitigate deferred maintenance and to retain employees to address industry-wide staffing issues.

Information provided by PG&E

The PG&E Corporation Foundation has announced that it will donate $500,000 to the California Restaurant Foundation (CRF). PG&E said the foundation funds independent restaurateurs and their employees through the Restaurant Resilience Fund to support investment and recovery for California’s restaurant community, which is still reeling from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Small restaurants in PG&E’s service area can apply for grants of $3,000.

The Restaurants Care Resilience Fund is accept applications from April 15 to 30. Grant recipients can use the money to upgrade equipment to mitigate deferred maintenance and to retain employees to address industry-wide staffing issues.

“Small restaurants continue to be impacted by debt and losses incurred over the past two years amid rising costs,” the statement said.

The grants are available to California resident restaurant owners with fewer than three units and less than $3 million in revenue. The release says funding from the PG&E Corporation Foundation will prioritize minority and women-owned businesses in PG&E’s service area in northern and central California. He added last year that 109 grants had been awarded to independent restaurateurs in the company’s service area.

“The generous contribution from the PG&E Corporation Foundation will help independent restaurant owners in Northern and Central California invest in their people, equipment, and ultimately the long-term health and success of their businesses.” , said Alycia Harshfield, executive director of CRF.

“Kitchens and teams are what make restaurants work, and the Restaurant Resilience Fund helps owners pay their employees, keep their doors open and fuel our local economies. We are proud to once again support our hometown restaurants through this fund, and all of our small business customers as they continue to recover from the financial effects of the pandemic,” said Robert Kenney, Senior Vice President of PG&E Regulatory and External Affairs, and Chairman of the Board of the PG&E Corporation Foundation.

PG&E said it also helps its customers by:

  • Automatically enroll qualified customers in PG&E’s COVID Relief Payment Plan to help pay off balances over time, protecting them from disconnection.
  • Reach out to business customers who would save money by choosing a better rate plan for their operations, in line with changing peak times for time-of-use rate plans.
  • Provide COVID-19 relief and support information to all small business customers, including PG&E resources and external support for businesses like California State programs.
  • Increase awareness of small business customers with a focus on payment assistance and energy saving programs through email campaigns, PG&E Energy Advisors and direct mail.
  • Conduct outreach to eligible customers to register at a discounted rate for businesses struggling to stay open.
  • Offer rebates and financing solutions to help small businesses achieve sustainable savings.

For more information on PG&E Small and Medium Business customer support, visit pge.com/smbsupport.

For more information about the California Restaurant Foundation, Restaurants Care, or the Restaurant Resilience Fund, visit restaurantscare.org.