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October 16, 2022

Restaurants have faced incredible difficulties in recent years. Many communities and businesses are supporting these community pillars with restaurant grant opportunities. These programs are constantly changing. But here are several current grants for restaurants to consider.

Nationwide Restaurant Grants

DoorDash Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund

DoorDash and Hello Alice are partnering to offer grants through the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund. Eligible restaurants can apply for $10,000 grants. To qualify, restaurants must have between one and three physical locations with 50 or fewer employees each. Restaurants must also have been adversely affected by a qualifying natural disaster in the past year. Applications for the current round of funding are open through December 30. But businesses must apply within a year of the declared disaster.

Grubhub LGBT Restaurant Grants

Grubhub is partnering with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce to provide grants to LGBT+ owned restaurants. Grants can range from $5,000 to $100,000. To qualify, restaurants must be able to show that they are owned by an LGBT person or ally, and that they have lost business due to COVID-19. Additionally, 30 percent of the funds will go to restaurants owned by people of color, transgender or gender non-conforming entrepreneurs. Applications for the current round must be submitted by October 12.

High Road Kitchens

High Road Kitchens is an ongoing grant program that supports independent restaurants and promotes food security in vulnerable communities. RAISE and One Fair Wage launched the program during the pandemic. Participating restaurants must provide resources to their community and offer fair wages to employees. The program also prioritizes restaurants that focus on fair employment and promotion practices.

World Central Kitchen Food Producer Network

World Central Kitchen’s network of food producers supports various food businesses in communities around the world. The current application period is open to food producers who have not received funding in previous rounds. Eligible food businesses include food producers, fisheries, agricultural producers, distributors, and cooperatives. Applications are open for select locations on a rolling basis.

National Restaurant Association Educational Fund Scholarships and Grants

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation offers grants and scholarships to individuals and entrepreneurs entering the foodservice industry. The purpose is to support those seeking secondary degrees related to the restaurant, food service or hospitality industries. This is not specifically a business grant, but can be applied to entrepreneurs who first want to hone their skills in an official program. Scholarships range from $2,500 to $10,000. Funds can be used for tuition or other school-related expenses.

State and Regional Restaurant Grants

In addition to the restaurant grant opportunities listed above, there are other options specifically for food businesses in particular states or communities. Here are some restaurant grant options that are currently open.

Texas Food & Wine Alliance Grants

The Texas Wine Alliance Food and Beverage Program offers $112,000 in grants to chefs and culinary businesses throughout the state. This is an annual program that has already provided $532,500 in the last ten years. The program is open to farmers, artisanal producers, chefs, wine/beer/spirits producers, non-profit culinary organizations, businesses, and individuals with food-related projects that can make a positive impact in the community. Applications for this round must be submitted by October 23.

Jackson Tourism Water Crisis Sustainability Grant

Visit Jackson offers monetary relief to restaurants in Jackson, Mississippi, amid the city’s water crisis. The Tourism Water Crisis Sustainability Grant uses $50,000 in Visit Jackson reserve funds to reimburse eligible businesses for ice, water and soda expenses. The city is also collecting donations from partners to further fund the program.

Illinois Restaurant Association Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation offers grants to support struggling restaurant workers. These grants can provide between $250 and $1,500, which can be used to cover living expenses after an accident, illness or loss. These grants go to employees rather than restaurants. But this can be a useful opportunity for SOEs to share with team members if needed.

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