DoorDash to provide $200,000 to help Erie County restaurants

Posted at 10:58 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 10:58:29-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — DoorDash announced Wednesday $200,000 in local grants will be provided to Erie County restaurants through it's "Main Street Strong Pledge."

The company says the pledge is a $200 million 5-year grant program which includes a $10 million effort to help restaurants in select cities across the United States and Canada.

Erie County restaurants will be able to apply to receive a $5,000 grant to be used to offset costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For more than a year, restaurants have been forced to adapt, pivot and reinvent themselves as New York battles this deadly pandemic,” said David London, Head of U.S. East & Federal Government Relations at DoorDash. “These grants will help them weather this storm so that they can be there for our communities when it is safe to fully reopen.”

DoorDash says the program will be administered by "Hello Alice" a technology that helps small business launch and grow. Hello Alice will manage the application process, selection process and distribution of funds.

“We’re thrilled to work with DoorDash in its Main Street Strong Pledge,” said Elizabeth Gore, Co-Founder and President of Hello Alice. “Small businesses play a great role in our economy, both locally and nationally, and have been severely impacted by COVID-19. This funding can make a world of difference for owners in these trying times and we look forward to contributing to their continued success.”

Applications are available here through February 17, 2021 and selected restaurants will be identified by March 1, 2021.

"Eligible restaurants will be located in Erie County, must have 3 stores or fewer currently operating; $3M or less in 2019 annual revenue per store; and employ 50 people or fewer per store," a release from DoorDash says.