Liveable wages for all workers
Career advancement opportunities
Diverse & equitable employment
Safe & healthy workplaces – including paid sick days & access to affordable health care
Collaborative networking to support workers, manager & owners alike
One common goal…
Through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic, we see clearly the precariousness of work in the hospitality industry. Small businesses need support to provide relief for their workers, especially tipped workers. Independent restaurants and bars in Milwaukee are responsible for thousands of jobs as well as contribute to the economic vitality of the city. Thus, owners and workers join together to ensure that we may continue to serve Milwaukee and its visitors.
Milwaukee loves their independent restaurants and we know this time has not been easy for any independent operators! As federal and state relief funds run out, Milwaukee Independent Restaurant Coalition is rolling out a new micro-grant program to help our local restaurants make it through. Ten $1,000 grants will be awarded every time our relief fund reaches $10,000 – help us replenish the relief fund by buying MIRC merchandise or by directly donating below!
The first grant application phase is now closed while we await more funds.
Grant recipients will be chosen randomly from wheelofnames.com on September 7th, and funds will be distributed that day.
To qualify, your restaurant must be independently owned, a MIRC member, and located in Milwaukee County. Become a member HERE.
RULES AND PROCEDURES:
One entry per restaurant. To enter we need the name of your restaurant and the contact info of the owner/manager. If you are awarded the grant, we will need your bank account information to transfer the money.
If you do not receive the grant this time, your restaurant will remain eligible for the next grant period – YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ENTER AGAIN.
That’s all. This is a grant program designed by restaurant owners for other restaurant owners. There are no hoops to jump through, no long explanations to give, nothing you have to prove about how you spent it. Fix your equipment, buy PPE, use it to make payroll or buy products or whatever you need! Stay strong, Milwaukee!”