By Jonathan Phelps, New Hampshire Union Leader
Out of work restaurant employees have a chance to apply for $1,000 grants through the newly formed Restaurant Strong Fund.
Samuel Adams (The Boston Beer Co.) and The Greg Hill Foundation teamed up to create the fund in 20 states, including New Hampshire. Samuel Adams donated $2 million to kickstart fundraising efforts in each state, according to its website.
Greg Hill, a host on WEEI Sports Radio Network, said on his program last week that he hopes donors will match the $2 million in order to give out at least $4 million in grants.
Last week, the fund expanded its reach to 19 more states after it launched on March 18 in Boston. It raised nearly $500,000 from 2,000 donors in its first week.
So far, $110,871 has been allocated to workers in New Hampshire. Applications have been received from 339 workers.
More than 38,632 application have been received nationwide.
The New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association is also asking for donations to the New Hampshire Hospitality Employee Relief Fund. The fund aims to give $250 to as many applicants as possible. So far, $118,275 has been raised.
The funds come as restaurants across the country have closed dine-in options and are only offering take-out or delivery to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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