Grubhub and The Greg Hill Foundation’s Restaurant Strong Fund will be giving $4 million in grants to support restaurants across the country that have been working hard to survive the pandemic. Aimed at independent restaurants in seven cities, the grants will range from $5,000 to $50,000.
Part of the Restaurant Strong Fund’s All Day campaign, the financial assistance will help restaurant owners fund indoor and outdoor dining improvements, equipment and technology maintenance and upgrades, marketing and promotion efforts, staff hiring and training, COVID-19 compliance and infrastructure improvements. This is the third restaurant support program Grubhub and The Greg Hill Foundation have partnered together for in the last year.
Restaurants in New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, Baltimore and Portland are encouraged to apply for the grants, which will be funded by donations from Grubhub’s Donate the Change program earlier this year. Through the program, Grubhub and Seamless diners who are opted-in can round up their order total and donate the difference, with the company matching eligible donations from Grubhub+ members.
Beginning on October 16, donations from the program will again support the Restaurant Strong Fund through the remainder of 2021.
“We spend a lot of time listening to and talking with our restaurant partners to better understand their needs so that we can be even better partners to them,” said Kevin Kearns, senior vice president of restaurants at Grubhub. “We’ve been hearing that they need support across multiple areas, including hiring and staffing efforts and getting the proper safety equipment for indoor and outdoor dining, and we’re proud to continue working with the Restaurant Strong Fund to provide a much-needed lifeline to restaurants across the country.”
“While the restaurant industry continues to face challenges from the pandemic, we are so fortunate that partners like Grubhub have continued their ongoing support of helping restaurants recover,” said Greg Hill, founder of The Greg Hill Foundation. “We’re excited to be doubling the amount of funding this time around so that together, we can help more local restaurants continue serving their communities.”
Starting October 13 through October 20, the Restaurant Strong Fund will accept grant applications from the first 500 restaurants (with five or fewer locations) located in each of the seven cities. The application period will close on October 20 and grants will be fully distributed to restaurants in mid-November. Interested restaurants can learn more about the grants and how to apply at www.restaurantstrong.org/allday/.