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 provides 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’re working 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.
This year through Grants for Growth, Visa and Uber Eats are providing 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.
2022 grant recipients
Join us in congratulating our grant recipients and supporting their businesses:
All Vegan Franks, Los Angeles
Burgerlords, Los Angeles
Cafe De Mama, Los Angeles
Fun-Diggity Funnel Cakes, Los Angeles
L.A. Birria by Chef Anaya, Los Angeles
Sanook, Los Angeles
Sulga House of Bone Broth, Los Angeles
Swift, Los Angeles
Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine, Los Angeles
Tsuri Sushi, Los Angeles
Xochitl Vegan, Los Angeles
Elite Garden Cafe, North Hollywood
Republic of Pie, North Hollywood
Falafel Palace, Northridge
Futaba Japanese Restaurant, Northridge
Cocobreeze Caribbean Restaurant, Oakland
Hella Nuts, the Plant-Based Eatery, Oakland
Peter's Kettle Corn, Oakland
Pintoh Thai Street Food, Oakland
Chef Li's Cafe, San Francisco
The Dark Horse Inn, San Francisco
Little Heaven, San Francisco
I’a Poke, San Francisco
Red Cafe, San Francisco
Savion’s Sweets, San Francisco
Washington Bakery & Restaurant, San Francisco
Georgio's Sports Bar & Pizzeria, Sun Valley
- District of Columbia
Batter & Berries, Chicago
Borinquen Lounge, Chicago
Cafe El Meson, Chicago
Food on the Run, Chicago
Kool Breeze Ice, Chicago
Mr Taco's Restaurant, Chicago
New Furama Restaurant, Chicago
Seadog Sushi Bar, Chicago
Serena Restaurant, Chicago
Shang Noodle, Chicago
Star of Siam, Chicago
Sweet Dreams Frozen Yogurt, Chicago
Taqueria Tayahua, Chicago
Triple Crown, Chicago
Yoli’s Tacos, Chicago
- New Jersey
- New York
District Saigon, Astoria
Molino Rojo Restaurant, Bronx
Bushwick Burger, Brooklyn
Edward’s Lunch & Restaurant, Brooklyn
The Fuel Juice Bar, Brooklyn
La Mitad Del Mundo, Corona
Spicy Shallot, Elmhurst
Cañas Restaurant and Bar, Jamaica
The Nourish Spot, Jamaica
Baked Cravings, Manhattan
Excuse My French, Manhattan
Inwood Bar and Grill, Manhattan
Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, Manhattan
Quechua Nostra, Manhattan
Sakura Sushi & Thai Cuisine, Manhattan
Shimiaodao Yunnan Rice Noodle, Manhattan
Yummy Thai, Manhattan
The Local Press, Ozone Park
While in Kathmandu, Ridgewood
Senso Unico Restaurant, Sunnyside
Neir's Tavern, Woodhaven
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