DoorDash, a leading food delivery platform, has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting local economies and small businesses with the launch of the 2023 Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund. Through a partnership with Hello Alice and the Global Entrepreneurship Network, DoorDash plans to provide 100 grants of $10,000 to restaurants affected by natural disasters declared by state or federal authorities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Puerto Rico. The fund, which initially received $1 million in October 2021, has already benefited more than half of the recipient businesses owned by women and over three-quarters owned by people of color.
Sueli Shaw, Director of Social Impact at DoorDash, said, “These grants are about helping local restaurants manage the unexpected costs from disasters, and keep their doors open for years to come…we’re proud to expand that impact by creating new grant opportunities for restaurants in international DoorDash markets.”
To be eligible, restaurants must have between one and three physical locations, fewer than 50 employees per location, been open for a minimum of six months, and have been affected by a qualifying natural disaster. The 2023 funding will take place across four rounds, with applications for Canada, Australia, and New Zealand opening in July. The first round of funding for the United States and Puerto Rico is ongoing and determined after June 30, 2023.
As DoorDash continues to uphold its commitment to supporting small businesses, the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund is just one of the many initiatives that reflect the company’s unwavering dedication to community welfare.