NJRHA, DoorDash to partner on $500K grant program for N.J. restaurants | ROI-NJ (roi-nj.com)

New Jersey restaurants can apply for grants between $2,500-$5,000, thanks to a grant program funded by DoorDash and administered by the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association.

DoorDash announced Monday it is donating $500,000 to the NJRHA to award grants to restaurants to help them offset costs amidst cold weather and ongoing COVID-related challenges. Restaurants can use the funding to pay rent, purchase cold-weather equipment, personal protective equipment and other items.

The grant is part of DoorDash’s five-year, $200 million Main Street Strong Pledge, which includes a $10 million grant program for restaurants in cities and states around the country.

The grant application will be available on the NJRHA website, www.njrha.org, by Feb. 1. The grants will be awarded to independent restaurants that have five or fewer locations and can show a loss of at least 30% from 2019. The criteria are outlined on the application on the NJRHA website. Applicants do not have to be a DoorDash customer or NJRHA member.