Direct GRANTS 

The Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance grants to restaurant workers in need of emergency assistance. 



Our Crisis Grant program currently serves restaurant workers living in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Columbus and Rome. Direct Grants are awarded based on financial need as well as a set of criteria according to the type of crisis. Most often, our financial assistance covers the cost of rent and utilities, paid directly to the service provider(s), or funeral expenses for an immediate family member or restaurant worker. Applications are reviewed by Giving Kitchen staff and a review committee consisting of GK board members. The average time to fully process an application from beginning to end is three weeks. 

Please note: we do not pay medical expenses.


Type of Qualifying Crises


Breaks, bumps or another physical ailment causing a restaurant worker to miss work.


Coughs, colds or worse, a sickness causing a restaurant worker to miss work.


Death in a restaurant worker's immediate family or restaurant community.


Flood, fire or storm damage disrupting a restaurant worker's work schedule and housing.


Who We Serve

The Giving Kitchen's Crisis Grants serve restaurant workers in the Metro Atlanta, Rome, Athens and Columbus areas. 



A restaurant* is defined as follows:

  • Brick and mortar location within GK service area
  • Prepares food on site
  • Offers seating for guests
  • Open to the public

*At this time, similar establishments that do NOT qualify under GK’s guidelines include: bars that do not prepare and serve food; coffee shops that do not prepare and serve food; ice cream and yogurt shops; catering services; and club, office or school concessions that are not open to the public.

The Giving Kitchen serves the following counties:


The Giving Kitchen's grant program serves the following 47 counties:

Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Chattooga, Chattahoochee, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Greene, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Lamar, Marion, Meriwether, Morgan, Muscogee, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rockdale, Spalding, Stewart, Talbot, Troup, Walton, Webster

GK Major Cities: 

Atlanta, Columbus, Athens, Gainesville, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Marietta, Smyrna, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Peachtree Corners, Mableton, Newnan, Rome, East Point, Tucker, Peachtree City, Dalton, Kennesaw, Decatur, Acworth, Cartersville, Calhoun, Suwanee, North Druid Hills, Norcross, Conyers, Winder, College Park, Powder Springs, Buford, Covington, Lilburn, Snellville, Lithonia.