This page will feature ways to help support Virginia's businesses and employees.
This page will offer information specific to hotels and lodging establishments. Visit our other COVID-19 resource pages: COVID-19 Resources & Links, The Latest News, Job & Employment Resources, Hotel & Lodging Resources, Virginia Restaurant Promise
Every Tuesday is Takeout Tuesday!
To support Virginia's restaurant industry, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association will continue to promote takeout each week with Takeout Tuesday.
Join fellow Virginians in showing our restaurants some love! If you're able, participate by ordering take out, delivery, or curbside pick up from your local restaurants. Share your experiences on social media with #VirginiaEatsLocal or #TakeoutTuesdayVA
We are also selling Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers t-shirts and other merchandise, with a portion of the proceeds donated to local relief efforts for food service workers in crisis. You can purchase those items here.
Thanks for supporting Virginia restaurants!
Support Virginia's Hospitality & Restaurant Employees and Businesses
The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, through its 501c3 foundation (Virginia Restaurant Lodging & Travel Association Educational Foundation/VRLTAEF) has formed a new industry relief fund to aid workers displaced and businesses affected by the recent restaurant and hospitality industry shutdowns.
The Virginia Restaurant & Hospitality Relief Fund will be providing direct cash support to workers that have been laid off or businesses that have been affected due to the recent COVID19-related business downturn in Virginia. The VRLTAEF will be funding the new trust with donations from individual donors and grants from local private foundations and corporate partners. VRLTA has also partnered with the Virginia Tourism Corporation to create a Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers t-shirt, and other merchandise, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Fund. Donations may be disbursed to organizations around the state which can connect the support to individuals, or, in some cases, made directly to affected individuals or businesses.
VRLTA is asking all of the industry’s suppliers, distributors, allied vendor partners, and other corporations to support the Fund.
The restaurant and hospitality industries in Virginia are not only large employers, but also greatly contribute to the Commonwealth's economy.
- The Virginia 30 Day Fund is offering forgivable loans for Virginia-based small businesses. Designed to provide immediate financial assistance to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage, and save jobs.
- Albemarle County established a $200,000 Business Recovery Fund, a microloan program to be administered through its Community Investment Collaborative.
Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, is funding relief to help employers eligible to remain open during the COVID-19 emergency. Period of performance is from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020. The overall goal of this program is to save jobs in Alexandria City and Arlington County.
- Arlington County has established the Giving Resiliency Assets Near Term (GRANT) program, which will make a limited number of grants of up to $10,000 available to small businesses and nonprofits beginning in May. On April 16, the Arlington County Board approved the Arlington Small Business Emergency GRANT (Giving Resiliency Assets Near Term) Program to provide immediate relief to Arlington’s small businesses. This GRANT Program will provide grants of up to $10,000 to Arlington businesses with fewer than 50 employees that have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses may use grants for employee salary and benefits and other business capital and operating expenses. To learn more about the program, sign up for updates on the application process.
- The Town of Bedford has created a small business support program, focused on restaurants and retail, to help businesses pay rent/mortgage and utilities, manage inventory, and support marketing efforts.
- The Bristol Herald Courier is offering a local marketing grant program designed to help local businesses double the impact of their marketing through a matching grant.
- The City of Charlottesville has a Business Recovery Fund - a microloan program offering microloans up to $10,000.
- The City of Danville and Pittsylvania County have a number of grants and loans available. Learn more here.
- The Danville Register Bee is offering a local marketing grant program designed to help local businesses double the impact of their marketing through a matching grant.
The Dickenson County IDA through loan funds provided by Dickenson County’s VCEDA funds, and in partnership with the Dickenson County Board of Supervisors, has established a no interest loan pool to provide a $2,500 loan at – 0% interest, with no payments due for six months, available – to all Dickenson County small businesses that have been economically affected by COVID-19. After the initial six months, the total amount can be paid in full at any time or may be repaid in equal monthly installments at a 0% interest rate for a period not to exceed 48 months ($52.08 per month for 47 months and a final payment of $52.24). To qualify, businesses must: 1) be located in Dickenson County; 2) demonstrate how your business has been adversely impacted by COVID-19; 3) be willing to spend the funds in a manner in keeping with the goals defined by the IDA.
- Fairfax County has approved a County Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Fund of $2.5 million, administered through its Community Business Partnership. In addition, they are offering Fairfax RISE. The primary purpose of the Fairfax RISE (RISE – Relief Initiative to Support Employers) grant program is to provide immediate relief to small businesses and non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fairfax County hopes to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations remain in business through the COVID-19 emergency and address gaps that may exist among complementary programs. The grant will not have to be repaid.
- The City of Franklin/Southampton County has announced a reimbursable grant created to assist local businesses with additional marketing or fixed-cost support that can be used toward paid marketing, advertising efforts or e-commerce initiatives OR fixed-cost expenses such as rent, utilities, etc. Maximum grant amount is $3000.
- InvestFXBG is a loan program funded and administered by the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority (EDA) for small and growing businesses in the City of Fredericksburg (22401). InvestFXBG seeks to support both new and established city businesses in critical stages of their growth.
- Fauquier County: “The Fauquier Micro Loan Program has been revamped to serve as an emergency loan program for small businesses in the County in response to the Covid-19 crisis.” Loans of up to $5000 are available. Can be used for “ongoing expenses such as payroll, leases, insurance, or other operating expenses or for adaptive costs such as purchase of e-commerce equipment/website creation and/or upgrade of online sales site.”
- Giles County: In an effort to immediately support local restaurants and lodging properties, the Town and County governments are promoting and selling Dining & Lodging Gift Certificates. The purpose of this program is to attempt to generate public interest and awareness of the importance of continuing to support our local businesses. Most importantly, the gift certificates will generate revenue quickly for business owners to support their operations through this very difficult time. The gift certificates are available in $20 increments, and are redeemable immediately, or at any time in the future, at full face value of $30. This means the customer will receive 50% more value than the purchase price. The 50% increase in value is subsidized by dollars generated from meals taxes and other tourism related revenues. 100% of these funds will be sent to the restaurants or lodging properties immediately after purchase. Customers will receive an email after your purchase with order details to print the ‘gift voucher’. Simply take it to the restaurant or lodging property to redeem when convenient.
- Per Goochland County Economic Development’s website, “Goochland County’s e-Commerce Grant Program is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is a joint undertaking by the Goochland County Economic Development Authority and the Office of Economic Development. The Program to designed facilitate access to technology for small, for-profit private businesses physically located in Goochland County. This program is available during the COVID-19 pandemic, and up to six months after the County declares that the emergency has ended.”
- Hampton City Council has authorized a forgivable loan assistance program to be administered by the Hampton Economic Development Authority (EDA) for small Hampton-based businesses. The program is designed to help small businesses adversely impacted by Gov. Ralph Northam’s order to close or significantly limit business operations as outlined in Executive Order 53. These forgivable loans of up to $10,000 are designed to give Hampton businesses access to needed cash until federal and/or state assistance funds arrive. The loans can be used for payroll expenses, rent or mortgage payments, utility expenses, marketing and other eligible business expenses incurred during normal operations. Applications will be accepted until the earlier either available funds are exhausted or until Sept. 30. For more information, click https://hampton.gov/3713/COVID-19-Small-Business-Assistance-Progr.
- The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved more than $1 million in grant funding for the COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund to support Loudoun businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The fund will open for applications at noon on April 29, 2020, and remain open for 72 hours, closing at noon on May 2, 2020. All submissions will be accepted based on the time stamp, verified by county employees, and placed into a pool, where businesses will be randomly selected until the funding has expired. Loudoun also has a Tourism and Hospitality Relief Fund.
- The Economic Development Authority of the City of Lynchburg, voted to allocate a portion ($250,000) of its existing Revolving Loan Fund to create a Business Recovery Loan Program. The Business Recovery Loan is designed to aid businesses in the City of Lynchburg their COVID-19 recovery efforts, specifically those who were unable to receive funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).
- The Lynchburg News and Advance is offering a local marketing grant program designed to help local businesses double the impact of their marketing through a matching grant.
- The City of Manassas is offering rent relief and other assistance.
- The Town of Marion is offering a Stimulus Loan Program of up to $2500 in zero-interest loans.
- The Town of Middleburg is offering a program to support local restaurants.
- The City of Newport News has established a Small Business Resiliency Grant to support eligible small businesses in amounts up to $5,000. Applications open 5/8/20.
- The City of Norfolk Department of Economic Development is introducing a loan product to offset foreign supply chain disruptions to existing businesses in the city of Norfolk, starting March 23, 2020.
- Chamber RVA (Richmond Region) and Facebook have announced the creation of an RVA Small Business Relief Fund, a new program intended to provide immediate grants to qualifying small businesses in the region impacted by COVID-19. The Relief Fund is open to all qualifying applicants; applicants do not need to be Chamber members to apply. The Relief Fund received initial seed funding of $250,000 from Facebook and is open to additional contributions. Our goal is to provide immediate relief to our region’s small businesses in the form of unrestricted grants as a stop-gap relief pending the release and distribution of anticipated federal and state aid. The process is designed to be quick, as small business owners work to keep employees on board in the near term. We intend to stand up a series of funding rounds and to disburse funds in phases as they become available. Funding rounds will distribute available funds to qualifying applicants in equal amounts.
- Rosslyn's BID announced the launch of Rosslyn Ready, a multifaceted program to support and organize businesses in promoting proper safety measures when people are welcomed back into the neighborhood. Rosslyn Ready will provide customized digital resources and access to industry experts to help Rosslyn businesses create individualized strategies for reentry. In just under a week since launch, 90 businesses and restaurants have signed up to be part of the program. As a part of Rosslyn Ready, businesses can sign up to join the Ready for Reentry program, where they will receive specific guidance in the form of digital resources and a webinar series where they can ask questions of renowned experts.
- Shenandoah County’s IDA is offering a Disaster Impact Loan Program with loans of up to $5000.
- The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has established a Historic Sites Emergency Grant Fund to assist partners in the Shenandoah Valley during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This program is intended to provide support for historic sites who are or will be suffering financial hardship due to the interruption of normal operations caused by the Coronavirus public health crisis. Sites must be able to demonstrate their need by showing loss or expected loss due to reduced visitation and revenue.
- Shenandoah Valley Workforce Board is offering Small Business Layoff Aversion grants of up to $5000 to small businesses in the region.
- Stafford County’s Economic Development Authority is providing grants to local small businesses to assist with payroll costs from a grant fund of $250,000. There is also a loan fund to provide funds for operational working capital, rent and mortgage payments, and inventory or supplies.
- The City of Virginia Beach is offering grants up to $10,000 to businesses with fewer than 250 employees that have operated for at least one year and continue to operate.
- The Waynesboro Economic Development Authority has enacted an emergency loan fund; maximum of $5,000 per business. Currently not taking new applications, but may reopen.
- The City of Williamsburg has $1 million in funding for a Business Grant program. Apply here.
- The Greater Williamsburg Partnership (GWP) and the Williamsburg Community Foundation are pleased to announce the Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund in partnership with the Economic Development Authorities of City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County. The Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund will provide forgivable loans to businesses located in the Greater Williamsburg region. Donations to the Fund will be collected by the Williamsburg Community Foundation (WCF). WCF will partner with the Virginia 30 Day Fund, to support businesses across the Commonwealth of Virginia, to administer the fund including processing applications and issuing payments.
- Wythe County/Wytheville/Bland County - offering business loans of up to $2,000, repayable over two years at 0% interest.
National Business Grant and Loan Programs for COVID-19 Relief
- Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits to businesses in areas where they operate, including Northern Virginia and Greater Richmond. Learn more here. Read an article about the program here.
- The US Chamber of Commerce is offering $5000 grants. Application goes live 4/20/20 3pm. Grants are available for small businesses that: employ between 3 and 20 people, are located in an economically vulnerable community, and have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are described at https://savesmallbusiness.com/ - The application is very simple, taking 5 minutes, and only requiring the information on a W-9. Eligible communities are identified by eligible zip codes. Please click on the website link above and enter your zip code to see if your business qualifies. - THIS FUND IS CURRENTLY SHUT DOWN - no word on whether more funds will be available.
- In partnership with Verizon, the digital fundraising and advocacy platform Hello Alice is offering emergency grants of up to $10,000 for companies impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Google is offering $340 million in advertising grants for small and medium-sized businesses, a credit that will be added automatically to Google Ads accounts.
- Verizon has allocated $5 million to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to distribute via grants to small businesses.
- GoFundMe partnered with Intuit QuickBooks, Yelp, GoDaddy, and Bill.com to give small businesses a $500 grant if they raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.
- Salesforce Care Offering Small Business Grants of $10,000 to replenish materials, pay salaries, or adapt their business model to overcome these challenging times. The grant application will be available to US businesses in mid-April . Click here for more information. Click here to go directly to the interest form.
- Nav: Small Business Grant Contest. Nav is giving grants to small businesses that tell a story of preservation and opportunity in the face of a past or ongoing challenge. Apply by May 30th
Other ways to help, by location...
Hook Hall Helps - An effort to support restaurant workers, in conjunction with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. More info here: https://www.ramw.org/educated-eats - Northern Virginia Area / D.C.
Loudoun Tourism and Hospitality Relief Fund - A fund through the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Faquier Counties
Alexandria - A list of Alexandria-area restaurants still doing take-out/delivery/carry-out
Leesburg - A list of Leesburg-area restaurants still doing take-out/delivery/carry-out
Prince William - Listing of restaurant and craft beverage producers that have moved to curbside, delivery and takeout dining; also has some hotel specials
Ford's Fish Shack Ford's Family Fund - to support employees of Ford's Fish Shack
Great American Restaurants Employee Relief Fund - Set up to help support these 1,700 employees of the Great American Restaurant Group recently laid off. The Norton family will match every contribution two for one.
NoVA Virtual Tip Jar - Support individual employees through Venmo or Paypal.
Bear Chase Helps - a pop up food bank for restaurant workers in Leesburg
Charlottesville Restaurant Community Fund - This GoFundMe effort will support restaurant employees in the greater Charlottesville area.
Charlottesville Take Out List - A list of Charlottesville-area restaurants still doing take-out/delivery/carry-out
The Catering Outfit Helps - A pop up food bank for restaurant workers in need
Charlottesville Virtual Tip Jar - Tip individual employees via Paypal or Venmo
Keep Calm and Nom Nom - visit this site to buy gift cards for many RVA restaurants, breweries, cideries, and more.
EAT Associate Relief Fund – Go Fund Me
Giavos Family Restaurants Employee Relief Fund – Go Fund Me
RRG Employee Relief Fund – Go Fund Me
RVA Hospitality Employee Relief Fund - Go Fund Me
The Holli Fund - The Holli Fund was inspired by Hollister Lindley, a beloved food writer and a powerful presence in the industry who lost a multi-year battle with ALS in late 2017. In honor of Hollister's dedication to supporting some of the most hard-working members of our Richmond-area community, Holli Fund offers financial grants to those in the food service community experiencing an economic crisis such as injury, illness, death of an immediate family member, loss of wages or hours due to coronavirus restrictions, or other emergency.
Richmond Restaurants United - A grassroots response to the COVID-19 crisis by restaurant owners and operators in Richmond, VA; providing support and resources to restaurant employees and owners
Richmond Restaurant Workers Support Fund - Go Fund Me
Sticky Rice employee relief fund - Go Fund Me
Joe's Inn the Fan Employee Relief Fund - Go Fund Me
R+L Hospitality Employee Relief Fund - Go Fund Me
Ardent Helps RVA - a pop up foodbank for restaurant workers in need
Richmond Virtual Tip Jar - Tip individual employees via Paypal or Venmo
Richmond coronavirus relief t-shirt fundraisers - Bonfire - purchase a shirt to support local businesses
Henrico County - Temporary Outdoor Dining Application
Harrisonburg COVID-19 Updates - Ways to help, open restaurants
Pale Fire Helps - pop-up food bank supporting local restaurant workers
Lynchburg Restaurant Owners Coalition - A group of 20 restaurateurs working to support Lynchburg restaurants and employees
Apocalypse Helps - a pop up foodbank for restaurant workers in need
Lynchburg Virtual Tip Jar - Tip individual employees via Paypal or Venmo
Roanoke VA Restaurant Workers Support - Go Fund Me to help support Roanoke area restaurant workers as we all are impacted but the Covid19 emergency.
Virginia's Blue Ridge - website has restaurants and craft beverage producers still doing take-out/delivery; also has links to buy retail gift cards, digital attractions, etc.
Blacksburg Virtual Tip Jar - Tip individual employees via Paypal or Venmo
Giles County: In an effort to immediately support local restaurants and lodging properties, the Town and County governments are promoting and selling Dining & Lodging Gift Certificates.
http://virginiaeatsanddrinks.com/covid19 - A list that with information directly provided by restaurants on what services they are offering. Coastal Virginia.
ACFEF Disaster Relief Fund - The American Culinary Federation Disaster Relief fund wants to lift the financial burden of those without food, shelter, power or employment. ACF members may be eligible for support from the ACFEF Disaster Relief Fund. Funds from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Disaster Relief Fund are available to assist ACF members, schools with ACFEF programmatic accreditation and its students, communities and individuals affected by catastrophic events and natural disasters.
Rally for Restaurants - A national site where you can find restaurants in Virginia or other states selling gift cards. Hundreds of restaurants already listed for VA!
Lift Your Spirits - An effort from the National Restaurant Association's Education Foundation to support employees in restaurant and hospitality industries.
James Beard Foundation Food & Beverage Industry Relief Fund - To help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses, the Foundation launched a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.
Change.org Petition - Save America's Restaurants - started by American Chefs to reach mayors, governors, and legislators.
Yelp Relief for Restaurants and Bars - $25 Million relief program primarily focused on supporting independent, local restaurant, and nightlife businesses, in the form of waived advertising fees and free advertising, products, and services.
United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG) National Charity Foundation - USBG is offering grants through the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Sam Adams Restaurant Strong Fund - The Greg Hill Foundation and Samuel Adams have teamed up to support those from the restaurant industry across the country who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures.