Business and Operations
DoorDash offers COVID-19 relief grants to businesses in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver
By Canadian Pizza
By Canadian Pizza
Toronto – DoorDash today announced it would provide $1,125,000 CAD in local COVID-19 relief grants as part of its expanded grant program to help restaurants in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Restaurants can apply to receive a $3,000 grant to be used to offset costs associated with the ongoing pandemic. The grant program is part of the company’s five-year Main Street Strong Pledge.
“This innovative program by DoorDash comes at a great time. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are at the heart of Vancouver’s vibrant restaurant scene. Connecting businesses with locally minded grants that serve our local neighbourhoods is extremely valuable in COVID-times,” said Ian Tostenson, president and CEO of the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association.
“Restaurants have done an incredible job of adapting over the past year. It has not been easy, but initiatives like this will help businesses get through to the better days ahead. We strongly encourage those who qualify to apply for this grant,” said Charles Gauthier, president and CEO of the Downtown Vancouver BIA.
Hello Alice will manage the application and selection process for the program while the Ontario Chamber of Commerce will manage distribution of funds to recipients in each city. Grant recipients will be selected based on criteria set out in the application, and a process intended to help ensure equal access to funds and eliminate selection bias.
Applications are available today through Feb. 17, 2021, at doordash.helloalice.com, and selected restaurants will be notified by March 1, 2021. Funds will be distributed by early April. Eligible restaurants will be located in Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver. They must have three stores or fewer currently operating, $3 million Cdn or less in 2019 annual revenue per store and employ 50 people or fewer per store.