Statement regarding
APRON Inc and COVID-19

In the first six weeks of this crisis we have received over 1000 applications!

In the eight years since our founding
we have given 230 grants totaling $240,000

In the six weeks up to 4.29.20
We have approved 382 grants (and counting) totaling almost $190,000

Due to this unprecedented need from our beloved Louisville Independent Restaurant Community we have reevaluated our grant guidelines to help more people sooner.

Covid Grant Guidelines:

We will give grants up to $500 each

Six month’s employment in a Louisville Metro Area Independent Restaurant will be required. We will check with employers.

Be able to produce upon request bills to be paid (we do not give money directly to grantees).




We offer a huge THANK YOU to

The Community Foundation of Louisville and The One Louisville Covid-19 Response Fund

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits

Republic National Distributing Company

Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky

Ashbourne Farms

The Frederick B. And Ayako I. Phillips Foundation

Covid Resources



What is APRON, Inc.?

APRON, Inc. is a charitable organization for professional food service workers who have been directly impacted by a severe hardship, crisis or a catastrophic incident that was beyond their control.  Since funding for Apron, Inc. comes from the public, and primarily others in the food service industry, care is taken to make sure that the grants are given only for unavoidable hardships.  Grants must also follow guidelines provided by the IRS.


What types of help can APRON, Inc. provide?

Financial Hardship Assistance

  • Triggered by a specific unusual event (such as illness, death, accident, crime or other personal event)
  • Financial need and lack of other resources must be substantiated
  • Expenses must be proven
  • Hardship must be beyond employee’s control

Eligible Financial Hardships include:

  • Residential fire or flooding
  • Acts of nature that result in major property damage to primary residence or automobile
  • Death of an employee or an immediate family member resulting in a financial hardship
  • Other personal financial hardships
  • Living assistance for housing, food and other essential household expenses
  •  Theft/loss of essential property

Financial Hardships that cannot be granted under APRON guidelines include:

  • Lost wages due to missed time from work
  • Items covered by insurance or governmental assistance
  • Elective, routine or ongoing medical expenses
  • Bad debt/overdue bills from ongoing financial problems
  • Legal fees and expenses associated with divorce or child custody issues
  • Personal bankruptcy
  • Illegal behavior or situations that occur while you are under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances
  • Circumstances within the applicant’s control (such as normal maternity expenses, traffic violations, etc.)

Who can apply?

All currently employed persons (at least 6 months) who work in locally owned independent food service businesses provided that they or someone in their immediate family completes the attached application demonstrating how they have been impacted by a qualifying event, substantiating their expenses and proving their lack of financial resources. An application must be made not later than ninety (90) days following the hardship to be considered by the Apron Inc. Board of Directors. Only one application may be submitted for a qualifying event.

291 N. Hubbards Lane
Ste. B26-266
Louisville, KY 40207

Phone: 502-403-5683

Email our Executive Director
Robin Miller at robinm@aproninc.corg

Email Apron




APRON urges you to submit your application online or by mail, but if you must deliver by hand the UPS Store in the Kroger Shopping Center on Hubbards Lane will deliver it to us.

The application should be completed in its entirety to ensure prompt and effective consideration.  Additional documentation may be requested.  An incomplete application will delay processing and may be returned for completion