On Monday, March 28, the Desert Business Association (DBA), the Coachella Valley’s LGBTQ Chamber, presented six local businesses with grants totaling $80,000 to assist in their recovery efforts from the pandemic, thanks to a partnership between Grubhub and the National LGBT Chamber (NGLCC).

Local food-serving businesses that received grants of either $10,000 or $15,000 were AMP Sports Lounge, and Runway, in Cathedral City; and Hunter’s, Bouschet/PS Air, Wilma & Frieda, and Oscar’s, in Palm Springs. Owners of these businesses were present to receive their awards at the community celebration, presented by NGLCC co-founder and president Justin Nelson, and DBA executive director David Powell.

The NGLCC and Grubhub Community Impact Grant program provides a financial lifeline to those impacted by COVID-19. These funds were a result of Grubhub’s Donate the Change program, which launched in late 2019 and has since raised tens of millions of dollars for organizations in need. Grubhub welcomed diners to “round up” their order total and donate the difference, with the company matching eligible donations from Grubhub members. NGLCC partnered with Grubhub to distribute the grants via their affiliate chambers, like the Desert Business Association, to support the LGBTQ+ community, and LGBTQ+/ally-owned food serving businesses.

L-R: Justin Nelson, NGLCC President; Paul Lopez-Cochrane, AMP; Dan Gore, Oscar’s; Richard Altman, Runway; Antonio Lopez-Cochrane, AMP; Jen Seymour, Hunters; Tom Beatty and Dennis Costa, Bouschet/PS Air; Kelly McFall, Wilma & Frieda; David Powell, DBA Executive Director

“These grants will make a positive impact on these businesses, allowing them to enhance their operations, and to continue to serve our communities,” said DBA’s Powell. “Our small and diverse businesses were greatly impacted these past two years, and we look forward to them becoming stronger and even more successful in the future.”

Said NGLCC’s Nelson: “Many of our LGBTQ+-owned restaurants across America kept our communities and first responders fed throughout the pandemic. We’re proud to partner with Grubhub in presenting these grants across America. America’s 1.4 million LGBTQ+-owned business owners have demonstrated incredible resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we can help them recover stronger than ever.”

For more information about or to join the Desert Business Association, go to their website at www.DesertBusiness.org