• COVID-19 SUPPORT FUND APPLICATIONS OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

    To better serve the community, applications to the COVID-19 Support Fund are now always open and can be accessed through a single application form.

  • DONATE NOW

    When you contribute, your donation enters into a central fund. Once a week, we take stock and allocate funds, to be awarded based on need, to hospitality industry professionals facing financial crises who have seen their income inhibited through 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 nationally registered non-profit financial resource for hospitality professionals 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.

     

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund is a nationally registered non-profit - Registration #921977-3.

    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). Jon Gray and Andrew Toplack are joined on the Board now by Alana Nogueda (Shameful Tiki) and Bev Wooding (Moneris).

  • FUNDING

    Our goal is to support hospitality industry professionals at times of need. Funds are available in quantities of $250 and $500 and are granted based on particular selection criteria. Applicants are entitled to awards totalling a maximum of $500 per month.

     

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

    WHO CAN APPLY

    Applications are open to all front of house and back of house hospitality professionals across Canada. If you have held employment in a licensed establishment on or after January 1, 2020 and have proof of employment and a valid SIN, you are eligible.

    WHAT IS THE PROCESS

    After submitting your application, our Funding Officer will confirm your identity, employment history and past funds awarded. 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 COVID-19 Support Fund is open to support hospitality professionals across Canada. To apply, outline your specific circumstances and upload supporting documentation through our online application form, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your application will be submitted to our panel at the start of the following calendar week, where it will be stripped of identifying information before being scored through our impartial guidelines by a panel of hospitality professionals from across the country. An amount of $250 or $500 will be awarded dependent on need.

    1

    APPLY
    ONLINE

    Fill out the online Application Form, including all requested supporting material, and submit. You will receive a confirmation email upon submission (check your junk mail!)

    2

    APPLICATIONS REVIEWED

    Our Funding Officer confirms all applicant details, removes identifying information and shares them to the Disbursement Panels by Tuesday of the following calendar week.

    3

    RECIPIENTS NOTIFIED

    Each claim is independently reviewed, and those at the most risk or in need are allocated funds based on urgency, and all applicants are notified by email on the following Thursday.

    4

    FUNDS
    DISPERSED

    Successful applicants will need to provide a valid Social Insurance Number for tax purposes, and banking information by the following Saturday. Payouts will take up to five business days from this point.

  • APPLICATIONS

    As bars and restaurants across the country navigate reopening with lower capacity, reduced hours and changing costs, we’re seeing the need for support fluctuate from week to week, region to region. To accommodate this evolving need, the Bartenders Benevolent Fund COVID-19 Support Fund has shifted to a national application process, with only one form to apply for support.

  • POLICIES

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund actively works to maintain inclusive and empowering organizational policies, funding criteria and code of conduct. In addition, we treat applicant privacy with the highest regard, through responsible management, use and protection of personal data.

    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, at first to include Bartenders, Servers and FOH Support staff from across the country, and from any kind of licensed establishment, and on June 14, 2020 we expanded to include back of house professionals including chefs, line cooks, dish washers and bussers, as well as salaried employees, such as general managers, bar managers, floor managers, kitchen managers and sommeliers. 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 takes into account factors such as other resources available in your area, past funds awarded from the BBF 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 financial 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 from across Canada. 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, chefs, line cooks, dish washers, bussers and all front and back of house support staff, as well as salaried employees, such as general managers, bar managers, floor managers, kitchen managers and sommeliers, are eligible for one of our three funding amounts, to a maximum of $500 per month. 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.

    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?

    The entire process for the COVID-19 Support Fund, from application to receiving funds takes up to three weeks. Applications are always open. Every Monday, the Funding Officer reviews the previous week's applications and submits them to the Disbursement Panel for review by Tuesday. The Panel has until Thursday to submit their decision, then successful applicants will be notified and need to provide their banking information by Saturday for payments to be issued, they make take up to 5 business days depending on your bank.

    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, and it is not considered earned income so will not interfere with CERB or EI payments.

    WHY DO I NEED TO TELL YOU ABOUT PAST FUNDING RECEIVED?

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund is trying to reach as many people as possible and so have introduced monthly limits to the fund. If you have already been awarded the maximum amount of $500 in a month, you will need to wait until the following month to reapply.