A List of Local Relief Funds for NYC Restaurant Workers

Eater made a list of NYC based fundraisers for restaurants and their employees

Artist Relief

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States

Berlin Collective Action: Nightlife Emergency Fund

This fund exists to provide emergency financial aid to at-risk nightlife workers in Berlin — those whose livelihoods have been severely impacted by COVID-19, and especially those who do not have access to other support systems.

Beverly's NYC

Beverly's is a Lower East Side art and nightlife institution that is facing as much hardship a the rest of us do to the outbreak of COVID-19, please check out their site to purchase donated artworks and merchandise or follow the link above to donate directly to them.

Cinema Worker Solidarity Fund

As we come to terms with a health crisis that might mean long-term closures for New York City cinemas, we must meet the challenges ahead with mutual aid and solidarity. These closures have been necessary steps in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, but many hourly workers will be paying an immediate price for the well-being of our city.

With the assistance of Light Industry, Screen Slate, and other community partners, we have started a fund that can be accessed by cinema workers whose hours have been curtailed because of this crisis and who are not being otherwise compensated.

We’re focusing specifically on New York City movie theater employees so that we can provide quick, if modest, relief to those in our community, but encourage others to consider the needs of their own networks.

Emergency COVID Relief for Sex Workers in New York

Many sex workers are seeing a dramatic decrease in clients and work as the panic surrounding the coronavirus increases. Major dips in the stock market because of the virus are also impacting workers around the world, and many are struggling to find work and stay afloat during this time.

Emergency Relief for Queers & Womxn in Berlin

This is an emergency relief fund for people of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum & womxn living in Berlin, Germany who are affected by the outbreak and shutdown caused by Covid-19.

Global Citizen

Charity engaged in helping benefit the lives of those in poverty around the world


Social distancing and self-quarantine are effective in preventing COVID-19 infection, but for vulnerable people living in crowded multi-generational households, the home can be the most dangerous place to be.

By sharing unused living space, we can empower each other to help solve this crisis. By providing temporary shelter and support to some of the most vulnerable members of our society, we can overcome some of the disproportionate suffering caused by this pandemic.


leveler is a tool for people with job security to help people whose work status has been impacted by COVID-19. The list includes freelancers, service industry, and gig economy workers. Check out their resources section for additional fundraisers

NIVA: National Independent Venue Association #SAVEOURSTAGES

National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is securing financial support to preserve the national ecosystem of independent venues and promoters.

These entertainment hubs are critical to their local economies and tax bases as employers, tourism destinations, and revenue generators for neighboring businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and retail. Independent venues exist in every state across the country; they were the first to be closed, they will be the last to open. The economic recovery process will extend past just reopening the front doors, requiring solutions unique to the industry.

NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund

We seek to provide support for low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being effected by this pandemic in NYC. Whether it's from cancelled gigs, lost jobs, or a lack of business due to coronavirus scares, we hope to orchestrate an egalitarian approach to crowdsourcing.


Restaurant workers, gig worker and other hourly workers are facing unprecedented economic hardship from the coronavirus crisis. It's our turn to serve them.

Sea Watch

Your donation helps us to save people from distress! As civilian sea rescuers, we have been working since 2015 to prevent people in the Mediterranean from drowning. For this we need your support and donation. With your donation for Sea-Watch, you are setting a sign of humanity and specifically helping to continue our mission to save lives.


Many of Unter's employees find themselves out of work. This includes folks like our bar staff and event workers, the technicians who install and manage our lighting and sound, the people who mind our door and design our posters, the folks who clean up after you leave--they all could use some help right now.