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New DoorDash grant available for Virginia restaurants

DoorDash partnered with the Virginia Restaurant Lodging and Travel Association to offer grants to local restaurants that have adapted to the coronavirus pandemic. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Unsplash)

Some Virginia businesses have a chance at another grant.

The Virginia Restaurant Lodging and Travel Association (VRLTA) announced a partnership with DoorDash to support local restaurants through a new grant opportunity: The DoorDash Restaurant Operator Relief Grant.

DoorDash will award 125 grants for a total of up to $450,000 to Virginia restaurants that have been active in helping their community and adapting their business during the pandemic, according to the VRLTA’s website.

Each applicant selected for the grant will receive a one-time “grant disbursement” of $3,500. The business does not need to be a current DoorDash partner or a VRLTA member to apply.

Applications are available now until Mar. 1 at 5 p.m. To access the application portal, click here.

According to the VRLTA’s website, eligible businesses must be independently owned with no more than three locations, with at least one location open and operating as a food service establishment in Virginia.

The Virginia restaurant location must have annual gross revenue of $3 million or less, 50 or fewer employees, occupy a visible brick and mortar storefront at the street, and not be considered a home-based business, pop-up, or food truck.

In addition, the restaurant must have also experienced a reduction in revenue, financial stress, or disrupted operations over the March-December 2020 period compared to the same period in 2019 as a result of COVID-19.

Completed applications will be reviewed and grants will be awarded to eligible restaurants that are chosen by the selection committee/judges. Funds will be distributed no later than March 31 with a check sent to the grant awardees.

While the grants will be distributed to restaurants across the state, priority will be given to those businesses which have not received significant support at the federal, state, or local level. A minimum of 20% of the grants will be earmarked to minority-owned and/or women-owned businesses.


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