USBC and the Grubhub Community Fund to Provide over $500,000 Grant Funding for Black-Owned Restaurants

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Black restaurant owners can rejoice as they are being aided towards their success in the culinary industry. It has been announced that the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) has combined partnership with food delivery app, Grubhub, and the USBC Community Economic Development Corporation. This collaboration has announced the launch of their new restaurant grant program. The grant program helps restaurants receive funding to address business opportunities and current challenges in the Black community. 

According to the official press release, the fund will support over $500,000 in grants to Black-owned restaurants and culinary-based businesses in select cities like New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago and more. This is major as it is the first initiative of its kind. This aid is predicted to provide resources to Black-owned restaurants in a changing post COVID-19 climate. The grant will also provide new technology, equipment, staff incentives, and building enhancements. Grants will range from $2,500-$10,000 based on program criteria, the size of the business and need.

Leaders of the organization are excited about the role this initiative will play in our communities. “Restaurants play a vital role in their communities, and part of Grubhub’s mission is to help them thrive and have a positive impact on the people they serve,” said Dave Tovar, senior vice president of communications & government relations at Grubhub. “While this is a new partnership, the USBC has a track record of helping Black-owned businesses realize their potential and we’re excited to work together and extend this opportunity to the restaurant industry.”

Ron Busby Sr., President & CEO of USBC, states “We are proud to partner with Grubhub. We’re confident that this partnership will enable us to make a significant impact in the Black restaurant community. Providing much needed capital to Black restaurant owners who are recovering from the global pandemic is essential in empowering them to grow their businesses.”

Application submission for restaurants in New York opens on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 12pm Noon EDT and closes Friday, September 16, 2022. Roll outs to select markets will continue over the next six months. For those interested in participating, please visit https://usblackchambers.org/grubhub/ to apply.