The Bartenders Benevolent Fund is dedicated to the betterment of the Canadian hospitality industry. To that end we are always working on programming to expand our industry and support those who work within it. From career development for diverse communities to fiscal support for all.
BIPOC WSET LEVEL 1 SCHOLARSHIP
WSET Wines Level 1 or Spirits Level 1 Scholarship
The Black Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) WSET LEVEL 1 Scholarship was developed with the International Wine Education Guild (IWEG) and the Full Plate to address inequalities and underrepresentation of BIPOC people within the hospitality community across Canada. To this end the administrators of the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Fund), IWEG have generously provided us with 10 placements in either the Wine Level 1 or Spirits Level 1 courses.
The first round of this program has closed, but keep checking back or follow @bartendersbenevolentfund for updates and new programming announcements.
We've gathered together answers to the questions we hear the most, but if you have any other questions check out the FAQ page for more answers, or feel free to email us.
WHO CAN APPLY TO OUR FUNDS AND PROGRAMS?
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 residing in Canada, are eligible to apply to our programs, however there may be additional requirements depending on the program.
CAN UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS APPLY FOR BBF ASSISTANCE?
We require a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from all successful applicants to the Emergency Relief Fund in order to issue a T4A form for CRA purposes. As a result, those without a valid SIN are ineligible to apply for our Emergency Relief Fund. A SIN is not required for our Food Insecurity Relief Fund, however, you must currently reside in Canada to apply.
WHO DECIDES HOW THE APPLICATIONS ARE PROCESSED?
Applications are reviewed following a process defined by our Board of Directors centred around protecting the privacy of those applying for support, and removing barriers to application. Applications go directly to our Funding Officer who verifies details, then either removes identifying information and shares them to the appropriate Disbursement or Review Panel, or processes the qualifying applications. Our panels are comprised of current and former industry professionals.
HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PROGRAMMING?
Our programming is designed based on the needs of the industry, as indicated to us via the applications we receive, the information we collect from partner organizations, and data collection agencies such as Statistics Canada. Once we isolate a need within the hospitality community, we recruit a committee of hospitality professionals from across the country to work together towards designing, implementing and activating a program that addresses the need.
HOW DO YOU ENSURE MY INFORMATION REMAINS PRIVATE?
NEED HELP APPLYING?
Have any questions about your application or guidance on how to apply? Send us a message and we would be happy to answer your questions.
Questions submitted through the website will be kept in confidence and will not be shared with any member of any of our selection committees.