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Grants for Growth

Running a successful small business takes a lot more than just hard work, particularly through a global pandemic and climate crisis. It’s why Uber Eats partnered with Visa to create Grants for Growth, which provided funding to help businesses move forward and grow on their terms.

What is Grants for Growth?

The idea: champion small businesses and help them navigate unexpected events through grants. In 2023, as part of our company-wide commitment to become a low-waste delivery platform by 2030 and reach zero emissions by 2040, we worked together with restaurant partners to transition to sustainable packaging.

Grants for Growth 2023: Transition to sustainable packaging

These days, many people are choosing restaurants that offer sustainable choices. Transitioning to more sustainable packaging can help your business while helping the environment.

Last year through Grants for Growth, Visa and Uber Eats provided 100 restaurants in select cities in the US and Europe with $10,000 (USD or local equivalent) in credit toward more sustainable packaging.

Grants for Growth 2022: Meet some of the grant recipients

In 2022, Uber Eats partnered with Visa and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to provide restaurant grants totaling $1 million to restaurants on the Uber Eats platform in need. The grants helped support these small businesses from the impacts of COVID, natural disasters, and unexpected events.

Sofia Deleon, Owner, El Merkury

Sofia brings sisterly love to Philly one pupusa at a time. As an immigrant from Guatemala, she values family, people, and community over everything else, which shows in the familial atmosphere in her restaurants. During the pandemic, she kept her staff and hired even more who were laid off from other restaurants. Sofia used the grant to help support her team and pay her rent.

Umber Ahmad, Owner, Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery

From banking to baking, Umber has had quite the career. During the pandemic, she personally delivered Mah-Ze-Dahr baked goods all over NYC before turning to Uber Eats. She believes in giving back to her community by nourishing New Yorkers with love and layers of flaky croissants. Umber used this grant to help with rent and support her staff.

Jamila Ross and Akino West, Owners, Rosie’s Miami

By connecting food, culture, and people, husband and wife duo Akino and Jamila created Rosie’s Miami. From leading kitchens all over the world to running a backyard food truck, the couple have had quite a career. What started as a bed and breakfast has transitioned to a brick-and-mortar brunch spot in Miami. They used the grant to keep staff, pay rent, and renovate their new space.

Cheyenne Brown, Owner, Fun-Diggity Funnel Cakes

Cheyenne puts the “fun” in funnel cakes and brings endless smiles to Los Angeles. She has expanded Fun-Diggity Funnel Cakes to a ghost kitchen to deliver funnel cakes for her local community. Cheyenne is using this grant for supplies and a new product line.

Spencer Ng, Owner, Triple Crown

Spencer is serving up culture, community, and family in Chicago. His mother started Triple Crown in 1996 in the heart of Chinatown. With the restaurant business’s long hours, Spencer’s staff has become an extension of his family. He used this grant to pay suppliers and keep his team paid and fed.

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