Grubhub, Restaurant Strong Fund offer $2M in grants for winterizing

Independents in four cities can apply for the $10,000 grants to help expand outdoor dining.

Grubhub and the Restaurant Strong Fund are offering $2 million in grants to help independent restaurants winterize outdoor dining. 

Starting Monday, restaurants in Chicago, New York City, Boston and Philadelphia with five or fewer locations are eligible to apply for a $10,000 Restaurant Winterization Grant. The application period closes Nov. 21 and funds will be distributed before the end of the month. 

Restaurants in those and other cities are facing tighter restrictions on indoor dining as the weather cools down and COVID-19 cases rise. Many have been adding things like heaters and blankets or changing up their service styles to make outdoor dining work. The grant money is intended to help restaurants with those efforts, and applicants must provide a detailed plan for how they’ll winterize their outdoor space. Restaurants can learn more and apply here.

The Grubhub Community Relief Fund is providing $2 million to support the grants. The Restaurant Strong Fund, created in March by Samuel Adams and the Greg Hill Foundation, will also be accepting donations to go toward the program.

Grubhub’s relief fund has raised more than $13 million from customers rounding up their checks since the pandemic began; the Restaurant Strong Fund has raised more than $7 million.

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