From Eater we learned that Houston’s own Southern Smoke Foundation is now taking applications from restaurant and bar employees in Houston who are in need of assistance after Hurricane Harvey.  If you are rebuilding, consider applying for one of these grants.  They expect to award up to $500,000 in individual grants.

A committee of as-yet-unnamed volunteers will review the applications and then an award committee will distribute the grants.  The awards will come in $1,000 increments according to need.  No single awardee will receive more than $10,000.  Each grant will be considered taxable income.

Applicants must be individuals employed in the city’s hospitality industry that were affected by the storm. Servers, cooks, restaurant owners, and employees of restaurant supply companies (like delivery drivers, farmers, and brewery employees) are eligible to apply for assistance.

The Southern Smoke Foundation has teamed up with Legacy Community Health to distribute these need-based grants. Affected employees can now apply for assistance via the Southern Smoke Foundation’s website. Applications must be received by October 23, 2017.