On Wednesday, DoorDash has announced a disaster relief fund for restaurant that will offer grants of up to $10,000 to US restaurants affected by natural disasters over the next year.
The $1 million fund will be open to eligible restaurant owners beginning November 1st and is a partnership with small business assistance platform Hello Alice. Restaurants affected by Hurricane Ida in August and the ongoing California wildfires are eligible to apply.
To qualify, restaurants must be experiencing hardship due to a state or federally declared natural disaster; have a brick-and-mortar location in the US with three or fewer locations; and have fewer than 50 employees per location. The restaurants have to have revenue of $3 million or less at each location for the past 12 months and have been open for at least six months. Applications will be processed every three months.
The company said: Restaurants can use the grant funds for rent, utilities, maintenance, supplies, payroll, and other essential expenses.
The company also unveiled a new partner program that matches merchants on its platform with a dedicated point of contact for support and banking reconciliation issues, and it introduced a new mobile app for iOS and Android, which it says will be available in the coming months. It will allow restaurants to track live orders and get real-time data about sales and operations.