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Delivery and Takeout Assistance

Des Moines restaurants have incurred significant financial impacts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the nature of the restaurant industry, and guidelines in place related to social distancing, the seating and capacity within establishments is limited. Several of these restaurants have shifted their focus to delivery and takeout services. 

In an effort to preserve the unique taste, flavor, and creativity of Des Moines restaurants that have struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Des Moines is providing grants through its Dine Out Des Moines iniative to safely support business to local restaurants through the coming winter months. These grants aim to reduce the financial burden of purchasing supplies to facilitate delivery/takeout orders.

Applications open on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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Program Overview

  • Grants would be provided in the form of reimbursements of up to $7,500 per local restaurant for takeout and delivery supplies.
  • A parent/management company or individual owning or operating multiple Des Moines restaurant locations (including wholly-owned subsidiaries) will not receive more than $15,000 total from this program.
  • All reimbursement funds will be distributed to restaurant owners on a first-come, first-served basis, in order of applications received.
  • Delivery/takeout supply charges incurred by restaurants beginning December 1, 2020 are eligible for reimbursement. 
  • Applications will be accepted in multiple rounds, each covering a single month’s worth of expenses. Restaurant owners are eligible to submit an application once per round, until grant funding is exhausted or 5 p.m. on April 30, 2021, whichever comes first. Restaurants can submit in multiple rounds, up to a cumulative total of $7,500.

Program Eligibility

Application and Review Process