• COVID-19 SUPPORT IS NOW LIVE!

    Regional funding allocations are announced Mondays at 5pm EST, and applications open on Tuesdays at 12pm EST.

  • DONATE NOW

    When you contribute, your donation enters into a central fund. Once a week we take stock of this fund and offer a particular number of , to be awarded on merit, to full time bartenders, servers and FOH support staff facing financial crises who have seen their income inhibited through injury, illness or the current COVID-19 pandemic. We award this assistance based on priority, to as many people as possible, on a weekly basis.

  • WHO WE ARE

    Created in 2013, the Bartenders Benevolent Fund is a non-profit financial resource for bartenders, servers and FOH support staff working in the hospitality industry in Canada. We provide funding for those who have fallen under serious financial hardship and our mission is to work in earnest to ensure that those in need can make ends meet.

     

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund’s mandate is to offer support to the hospitality industry, by the hospitality industry: our funds are awarded anonymously by local hospitality professionals from each market.

    CORE VALUES

    Our core values are deeply rooted in Selfless SERVICE:

    • Supporting one another during troubled times
    • Empathy to your situation
    • Recovery assistance
    • Value the bartending community at large
    • Inclusion - Offering an inclusive application process to those in need
    • Community minded non-profit, serving those who serve us all
    • Earnest - The Bartenders Benevolent Fund works in earnest to support our hospitality community at large during times of hardship

    DIRECTORS

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund was founded by three industry veterans: Dr. Andrew Toplack (The Toplack Sessions), Jon Gray (Drink Tank) and Jonathan Humphrey (Drake Properties, Toronto Cocktail Conference), and has since grown to include Alana Nogueda (Shameful Tiki) and Bev Wooding (Moneris).

  • FUNDING

    Our goal is to support professional bartenders, servers and FOH support staff at times of need. Funds are available in quantities of $100, $250 and $500 and are granted based on particular selection criteria.

    Our funds are raised through a variety of sources, from individual donations, brand sponsorship and fundraising initiatives.

    WHO CAN APPLY

    Applications are open to professional bartenders, servers and support staff across Canada. If you have held employment on or after January 1, 2020 and have the ability to prove it, you are eligible.

    WHAT IS THE PROCESS

    After submitting your application, our Funding Officer will confirm your identity and employment history. Following confirmation, your application will have all identifying information removed and it will be shared to our selection panel for review.

  • HOW IT WORKS

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund will announce every Monday at 5 pm EST the amount of funding available and the amount of applications it will review that week. This announcement will happen weekly on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

     

    Applications will open Tuesdays at 12pm EST. Deadlines for submissions are Tuesday at 11pm EST or when the maximum amount of applications is reached.

    1

    APPLY
    ONLINE

    Fill out the online Application Form that pertains to your location, including all requested supporting material, and submit.

    2

    APPLICATIONS REVIEWED

    Our Funding Officer confirms all applicant details, and our Disbursement Panel assess each claim.

    3

    RECIPIENTS NOTIFIED

    Each claim is independently reviewed, and those at the most risk or need will be emailed about the decision

    4

    FUNDS
    DISPERSED

    The funds will be transferred into your account either by direct deposit, e-money transfer or PayPal. This stage will require a valid Social Insurance Number for both ours and your own tax purposes.

  • REGIONAL APPLICATIONS

    All applications are reviewed by regional Disbursement panels. Select the appropriate application based on your location, from the links below.

    PACIFIC CANADA >

    British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories

    PRAIRIES >

    Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut

    ONTARIO>

    Ontario

    QUEBEC>

    Quebec

    ATLANTIC CANADA>

    New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador

  • POLICIES

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund is actively working with community members, industy organizations and our founding Board of Directors to create inclusive and empowering organizational policies, funding criteria and code of conduct. Considering the current impact of the novel COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, these processes are unfolding quickly and we will continue to reevaluate on an ongoing basis.

    CODE OF CONDUCT

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund, its directors, staff members and associates pledge to:

    • Understand, support, and promote the Core Values of the Bartenders Benevolent Fund
    • Conduct ourselves with honesty, integrity and fairness
    • Ensure a diverse, inclusive and intersectional staff at all levels of our organization
    • Respect the dignity and rights of clients, partners, vendors, associates, and peers regardless of race, creed, religion, gender, physical disability, or sexual orientation
    • Not engage in sexual harassment, disrespectful or abusive behaviour in connection with professional duties
    • Conduct business and professional activities in a reputable manner so as to reflect honourably upon the Fund
    • Engage with working bartenders, servers and FOH support staff to learn new and innovative ways to improve how we may best serve the industry

    PRIVACY STATEMENT

    Additionally, we take privacy extremely seriously. As such the Bartenders Benevolent Fund pledges to:

    • Comply with all applicable laws and regulations concerning our non-profit and partners
    • Conduct business and make funding decisions in a fair and ethical manner
    • Strive to provide confidential and objective evaluations of all funding applications
    • Be alert to situations that might cause, or have the appearance of, a conflict of interest and provide full disclosure when a real or potential conflict of interest arises
    • Not knowingly misappropriate, divert or use monies, personnel, property, or equipment belonging to others for personal gain or advantage
  • TESTIMONIALS

    “One day, during the usual February lull, an injury put me out of work for 10 days. I knew rent was going to be impossible. My friend reached out to Andrew and the Fund which gave me..., which covered most of my rent for March 1. It was a huge help, since I was/am not in a position to receive help financially from family.”

    - Anonymous

    TESTIMONIALS

    "Having been injured and out of work for months in my career, I can attest towards the efficiency and honourable intentions of the Bartenders Benevolent Fund - with their help I was able to endure hardships that might have otherwise broken me... give Alms to the poor, please support the Bartenders Benevolent Fund."

    - Anonymous

    TESTIMONIALS

    "I just wanted to say thank you again! Today I had to go and get insulin and diabetic supplies, and as you know, servers generally don't have benefits to cover items like these. You guys took a huge burden off of my shoulders and I will be forever grateful! I have shared your information with all those that I know in hopes of helping others as well. What you're doing is quite amazing!"

    - Anonymous

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    We've gathered together answers to the questions we hear the most, but if you have any other questions, feel free to email us.

    ARE FUNDS ONLY AVAILABLE TO BARTENDERS?

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund was intended to support professional bartenders in Ontario. We have since grown to include Bartenders, Servers and FOH Support staff from across the country, and from any kind of establishment - as long as they can prove their current/most recent employment and job title.

    HOW ARE SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS JUDGED?

    All applications are graded on a points system. This system will take into account factors such as other resources available in your area and the severity and urgency of your need.

    WHY DO I NEED TO PROVIDE A SIN IF I AM APPROVED?

    The short answer: We need your SIN so you don’t get taxed on this income. We are required to report all financial assistance, and to whom it was paid, to the CRA. By taking your SIN we can properly report this, and submit to you and the CRA form T5007, required for reporting on your income tax return next year. By reporting your income in this manner, this will prevent the funds being sent to you by the BBF from being taxed.

    CAN UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS APPLY FOR BBF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?

    Unfortunately not. We require a Social Insurance Number from all successful applications in order to issue a T5007 form for CRA purposes. As a result, those without a valid Social Insurance Number are ineligible to apply for Bartenders Benevolent Fund assistance. We are however looking at alternate ways to address and support this area.

    HOW DO YOU ENSURE MY INFORMATION REMAINS PRIVATE?

    We have a strict privacy policy in place and take care to ensure your personal details remain as such. Once you submit an application, our Funding Officer will confirm your identity and remove all references to you including name and place of work. Our Disbursement Panel grades each application based solely on its content and, if successful, you will be awarded funds anonymously.

    WHO DECIDES HOW THE APPLICATIONS ARE PROCESSED?

    The Disbursement Panel is comprised of working bartenders who originate from each individual region. They receive blind applications, meaning they have no way to trace the applicant. Each panel is built via the Funding Officer who is appointed by the Board of Directors, which itself is comprised of former, or current industry professionals.

    WHO CAN QUALIFY FOR FUNDING?

    Professional bartenders, servers and FOH hospitality staff who are on hourly wage, are eligible for one of our three funding amounts. You do not need to be presently employed in this area but you must have held this position, in Canada, since January 1, 2020 to be eligible.

    CAN I APPLY FROM OUTSIDE OF ONTARIO?

    YES! Each region has its own Disbursement Panel to manage all submissions, and work with a centralized Funding Officer who hides all identifying information and manages applications. The funds awarded come from a central bank, based in Ontario.

    WHAT INFORMATION IS REQUIRED TO APPLY?

    We need to confirm that you are a hospitality professional. This can be either by a Record of Employment (ROE) or a pay stub (values can be blanked out) from your current/last place of work. You do not need to be currently employed, but you must have held this position in a provincially and nationally licensed venue since January 1st, 2020.

    HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR FUNDS TO BE ISSUED?

    Our application process opens weekly and lasts for a calendar week. We issue all funds via direct deposit, bank transfer or PayPal shortly after. The entire process from your application to receipt of funds should last no more than two weeks.

    DO I NEED TO REPORT THE FUNDING ON MY TAXES?

    Yes. We will issue a T5007 form (similar to how you would receive your T4 from a job). You will still need to declare this as income; however, it’s important to note that you won’t be taxed on this.