The Importance of Restaurants in Local Communities
Small businesses are the center of local economies, yet nearly 40% of small businesses are unable to reopen following a disaster according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Disaster can occur at a moment’s notice, and access to financial assistance is crucial to helping a restaurant rebuild their business.
“Restaurants are at the heart of Main Street and they have exhibited immense resiliency when disaster strikes, providing for their communities even when their resources on hand are limited,” said Tasia Hawkins, Social Impact Program Lead at DoorDash. “The Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund is one way we are aiming to reduce the financial burden imposed on restaurants following a natural disaster, helping keep restaurant doors open for years to come.”
About the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund
Applications for Round 2 are open now at doordash.helloalice.com. The fund will be open for eligible restaurant owners and operators experiencing hardship due to a state- or federally-declared natural disaster. Applications must be submitted within 12 months of the declared disaster.
Grants given to the selected restaurant owners or operators will be $10,000 each. Selected restaurants can utilize the funds for rent, utilities, maintenance, supplies, payroll, and other essential expenses. Applications will be processed every three months, with funding distributed for grant awardees shortly thereafter.
Eligible applicants must:
- Be a restaurant located in the United States
- Be experiencing hardship due to a state- or federally-declared natural disaster
- Operate a brick-and-mortar location
- Own three stores or less, and employ fewer than 50 employees per location
- Be open for at least six months
- Maintain revenues of $3M or less per location in the last 12 months
A partnership with DoorDash or Caviar is not required or considered.
Eligible restaurateurs are encouraged to apply for grants beginning now and to join the DoorDash community on Hello Alice to receive email updates, disaster preparedness education, and community support.
For more small business grant opportunities visit the Hello Alice Funding Center.