DoorDash announced on Jan. 27 that it will give $250,000 in COVID-19 relief funding to Rhode Island restaurants as they continue to cope with business effects brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Available through DoorDash’s Main Street Strong Pledge, eligible restaurants who apply will each receive a one-time $5,000 grant to be used for operating expenses including rent, payroll, the purchase of PPE and outdoor dining equipment.
“We’re proud to provide continued support to our restaurant community in Rhode Island with our Main Street Strong pledge,” said David London, Director of Government Relations, U.S. East at DoorDash. “DoorDash is committed to helping our restaurant partners and the communities we serve with financial support to give restaurants the resources they need to survive amidst the many challenges currently facing small businesses.”
The grant program is part of DoorDash’s $200 million, 5-year Main Street Strong Pledge, which includes a $10 million effort to help restaurants in select cities across the United States and Canada. Grants will be distributed through DoorDash’s partner, Hello Alice.
“COVID-19 has brought immense, widespread challenges for our communities, but the restaurant industry has been hit especially hard by the fallout from the virus,” Dale Venturini, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association said in a statement. “Seating capacities and other restrictions have created intense barriers, but thanks to DoorDash’s relief efforts, restaurants will be able to stay engaged in their communities.”
To be eligible, restaurants must be located in Rhode Island, have no more than three locations, $3 million or less in 2019 annual revenue per location and employ no more than 50 people per location. Restaurants do not need to be featured on the DoorDash platform to qualify.
Applications will be available through February 17, 2021. Restaurants will be notified of funding availability by March 1, 2021, with grants planned for receipt by early Mary. See more information and apply here.