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DoorDash creates $1 million disaster relief fund for restaurants

Across the US, 100 local restaurants will receive $10,000 grants.

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DoorDash is setting up a relief fund for restaurants affected by natural disasters. 

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DoorDash is setting up a $1 million relief fund for restaurants affected by natural disasters, the company said Wednesday in a blog post.

The $1 million will be dispersed in grants of $10,000 to 100 restaurants across the US that apply based on hardship due to state or federally declared natural disasters and meet other eligibility requirements such as having three or fewer locations and employing 50 or fewer employees. 

Restaurants have "exhibited immense resiliency when disaster strikes, providing for their communities even when their resources on hand are limited," Tasia Hawkins, social impact program lead at DoorDash, said in the post. 

The blog post cited data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which says nearly 40% of small businesses can't reopen after a disaster. 

The grant money can be used for payroll, rent, utilities, maintenance and the like. The relief fund is a part of a larger five-year, $200-million initiative called Main Street Strong.