Small businesses, including bars located in south Louisiana, continue to struggle from the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Initially on March 16, 2020, Gov. Edwards announced a temporary shutdown of bars and other businesses through April 13, 2020. On April 2, 2020, Gov. Edwards extended his stay at home order until April 30, 2020. On that same day, ATC Commissioner Juana Marine-Lombard restated in a memo that bars are required to remain closed due to the outbreak. There are exceptions for bars and daiquiri shops with existing drive through service and those who are serving food curbside, however these businesses are, in many cases, operating at a loss just to try to keep their employees working while still serving their local community.
In reality, most of the bars in south Louisiana are closed, while struggling with continued expenses and little to no income. Rent and utilities are still their responsibility, along with other operating payables. These business owners continue to navigate resources, but need more help.
UPDATE: All Louisiana bars closed for on premise consumption according to governor’s statewide order effective July 13, 2020.
Crescent Crown Distributing has committed $200,000 to help launch the South Louisiana Bar Owner Relief Fund that will operate through the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, a 501c3 organization whose mission is to strengthen Louisiana’s hospitality industry through support of individuals within the community. A maximum $500 one-time award will be distributed, under specific eligibility criteria, to bar owners who have suddenly found themselves without income and can breathe a little easier knowing that this relief fund can help them with their business expenses. Other Federal and State resources will be coming, but the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation relief funds will help these bar owners get over this critical period.
Bars play a vital role in the Louisiana economy. We need your support to help these businesses when they need it most.
To qualify for an award, you must meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements:
- PANDEMIC-RELATED IMPACT
- Own a Louisiana licensed bar impacted by the Louisiana State of Emergency order
- ON-PREMISE PERMIT
- Own a Louisiana licensed bar with a current Class AG (Bar) Permit issued from Louisiana ATC for on-premise sales
- LOCATION OF BUSINESS
- Your Louisiana licensed bar is/was conducting business in one of the following parishes:
PARISHES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER: Acadia Parish, Allen Parish, Ascension Parish, Assumption Parish, Beauregard Parish, Calcasieu Parish, Cameron Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Evangeline Parish, Iberia Parish, Jefferson Davis Parish, Jefferson Parish, Lafayette Parish, Lafourche Parish, Iberville Parish, Livingston Parish, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. Helena Parish, St. James Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, St. Landry Parish, St. Martin Parish, St. Mary Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Terrebonne Parish, Vermilion Parish, Washington Parish, West Baton Rouge Parish and West Feliciana Parish.
Note: Any applicants with inactive, pending, denied, delinquent or suspended ATC licenses will not be considered eligible for an award. Class AR permits DO NOT qualify.
- Completed and signed online (digital) application (launched on 4/23 at 9am)
- A current Louisiana ATC issued CLASS AG (Bar) permit
- Completed and signed Direct Deposit Form
All awards will be distributed via direct deposit. No checks will be issued.
Funding for this program is a compilation of donations submitted to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, including gifts from Crescent Crown Distributing and other supporters.
Please direct all fund-related questions to email@example.com.
Applications are currently being accepted. We recommend that applicants gather and complete the required documents before launching a new application. They will be required to upload a digital copy of their ATC permit and their Direct Deposit Authorization Form.
Please remember funds are limited and it is not guaranteed that each qualified applicant will be approved. Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and our partners are actively engaging business and industry leaders to support the fund to allow for more grants, and we continue to encourage public donations as well. We’re saddened we may not be able to help everyone in need, and that’s why we’re working tirelessly to raise every dollar possible.