DoorDash is expanding its Main Street Strong grant program to include Cincinnati. The grants, each $5,000, are part of DoorDash’s $200 million initiative to help restaurants through the winter and the pandemic.
According to a statement, the grants are meant to assist restaurants with funding for necessary changes for the winter months, like extra personal protective equipment to make indoor dining safer during the coronavirus pandemic, rent, payroll and heating equipment for more comfortable outdoor dining.
“These grants are designed to help offset the costs associated with running a restaurant amidst the ongoing pandemic, restaurant closures, and local indoor and outdoor dining restrictions,” a press release from DoorDash says.
To be eligible, restaurants must be located in the United States or Canada and must have three or fewer locations, with 50 employees or less. Restaurants must also have made less than $3 million in annual revenue per store in 2019.
The grant recipients are chosen based on factors like indoor dining limits, local population and local climate. Based on criteria in the application, businesses will be selected through a process intended to eliminate selection bias and ensure equal access to funding.
While Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, San Jose and San Francisco benefitted from the first round of aid, Cincinnati is included in the second.
In the U.S., business growth platform Hello Alice is in charge of distributing the grants, and any business that applies will automatically get free access to the platform. The platform works to change the existing small business ecosystem through machine learning technology that matches business owners with personalized resources and opportunities.
“Small businesses play a great role in our economy, both locally and nationally, and have been severely impacted by COVID-19. This funding can make a world of difference for owners in these trying times and we look forward to contributing to their continued success,” says Elizabeth Gore, co-founder and president of Hello Alice.
Applications are accepted through Feb. 17 and chosen restaurants will be notified by March 1. They will receive their funds by early May.