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The Colorado Restaurant Foundation offers Angel Relief Fund (ARF) grants to support industry employees with financial assistance for unexpected illness, injury, natural disaster, or mental health care.

Angel Relief Fund Hardship Grants

The ARF is a safety net for workers who are employed but are experiencing general hardship. We provide financial assistance of up to $1,000 to those in crisis due to an unexpected illness, injury or natural disaster (including COVID-19).


Angel Relief Fund grants are available for any Colorado hospitality worker who:

  • Has a primary source of income rooted in food and beverage
  • Lives in the state of Colorado and is facing an unanticipated hardship (within the past 6 months)
  • Has worked at current employer for at least 90 days (considerations may be given from previous employer)
  • Encounters an emergency that’s unexpected, unforeseen, non-recurring crisis

Eligible Hardships

Unanticipated hardships fit into one of the following categories:

  • Injury caused by an accident, such as a slip, fall, or crash, whether at work or otherwise
  • Illness, including COVID-19, causing a worker to miss work
  • Death of an immediate family member imposing a financial burden on the worker
  • Disaster, such as flood, fire, or storm damage (to name a few) causing disruption of a worker’s job or ability to work

Angel Relief Fund Mental Health Grants

As of May 2022, we’re expanding the Angel Relief Fund to cover mental health care as well. Once you apply and are approved, we’ll work with a mental health-care provider of your choice (and that meets specific criteria) to cover one-time or ongoing expenses of up to $1,000. Direct reimbursement payments to your provider will be set up to protect your privacy.

Apply for an ARF Hardship Grant

Financial assistance to help you through difficult times

Apply for a Hardship Grant

Apply for a Mental Wellness Grant

Financial assistance for one-time or ongoing mental health care

Apply for a Mental Health-Care Grant

Donate to the Angel Relief Fund

Provide the gift of financial stability for industry workers experiencing hardship