Grubhub and The Greg Hill Foundation's Restaurant Strong Fund announced the Restaurant Winterization Grant program, a new initiative to provide $10,000 grants to eligible independent restaurants.
With indoor dining limited in many cities to combat a resurgence of COVID-19, this financial support will help restaurants prepare for winter, including by helping restaurants address needs for additional infrastructure and equipment to extend outdoor dining, increased personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect their employees, and other necessities to get them through the cold-weather months.
The program will be supported with a $2 million grant recommended from Grubhub Community Relief Fund (GCRF), a donor-advised fund created in March by Grubhub to support charitable organizations helping restaurants, drivers and those in need impacted by COVID-19. Restaurant Strong Fund will also be accepting donations for the Restaurant Winterization Grant program, helping extend the program beyond the initial launch.
"What Grubhub has done already to support thousands of restaurant owners and their employees has been instrumental in helping them make it through work interruptions during the pandemic," said Greg Hill, founder of The Greg Hill Foundation." With this next phase, they will ensure that countless restaurants have a fighting chance to make it through winter. We can't thank them enough for their initiative and drive to help."
Seth Priebatsch, chief revenue officer at Grubhub, said, "This winter will be different than any one before, with the restaurants we know and love needing more support to get through the season. Our partnership with the Restaurant Strong Fund – already instrumental in providing grants for restaurant employee relief earlier in the pandemic – is now responding to the needs of restaurants and providing valuable support to help them survive the challenging months ahead."
From Nov. 9 through Nov. 21, the Restaurant Strong Fund accepted grant applications from all restaurants located in Chicago, New York City, Boston or Philadelphia with five or fewer locations. The application period closed on Nov. 21, and grants will be fully distributed to restaurants by the end of November.
Throughout the pandemic, Grubhub has raised more than $13 million through Grubhub's Donate the Change program, where diners are able to round up their total at checkout and donate the difference to fund the Grubhub Community Relief Fund. Grubhub matches eligible donations of Grubhub+ members that are opted in to Donate the Change.
Grubhub is a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace with the largest and most comprehensive network of restaurant partners, as well as nearly 30 million active diners.