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The Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund is supporting restaurants that have reopened their kitchens or working in an off-site kitchen to create meals for the needy in their communities, or to supply feeding schemes, in this time when so many are impacted by Covid-19.
While these restaurants put food on the tables of the growing number of hungry families in South Africa, we want to help them cover some costs to remain operational, so they can reopen their doors as viable businesses when the time comes.

Registered businesses within the restaurant and food industry that meet the criteria can apply to receive funding. If successful, grants will be given in line with the number of meals they produce each day. Eat Out will receive no commercial benefit from the donations – Eat Out and New Media are donating time, the team, brand, running costs and resources to this initiative at no cost, so that all money donated can go directly to qualifying restaurants.

Our partners
The Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund has partnered with Community Chest, a non-profit organisation (NPO) and public benefit organisation (PBO) aimed at improving the lives of all South Africans by mobilising the caring power of communities, business and the government to advance the common good. 

In collaboration with Eat Out, they will administer and manage the fundraising bank account and assist with application vetting, all to ensure good governance of the generous donations received and paid out. We are proud to be in partnership with them.

We are also aligned with the Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA), an NPO formed in 2004 to act in the interests of South African restaurateurs as the official voice and lobbying body recognised by the government to speak on behalf of restaurateurs.

Tax-deductible donations
Community Chest is a registered NPO (000 – 040) and PBO (130002437). As our PBO partner, they will issue the necessary Section 18a Certificates, so that all donations to the fund are tax deductible. 

How the fund works

  • Applications will be vetted by the Applications Panel, made up of representatives from Eat Out and Community Chest.
  • Funds will be paid to qualifying businesses guided by the number of meals they produce each day, capped at R50 000 per entity.
  • Beneficiaries will have to account for how they spent their grant.
  • All donations into the account, and payments made from it, will be tracked and monitored on a daily basis.

Thank you for considering the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund – together we can help feed South Africa and protect our restaurant industry.

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The small print

  • Funding will be allocated by Eat Out in accordance with the stated objective and at its discretion, in consultation with the qualifying restaurants and our NGO partner, Community Chest. Eat Out strictly reserves the right to request any further information in order to confirm that applicants meet the qualifying criteria. See Request Funding page for qualifying criteria.
  • Funding will directly depend on the number of donations received.
  • The Fund will support registered businesses within the restaurant and food industry that are operating and supplying meals to the community from their onsite or offsite kitchens.
  • Successful applicants undertake to Eat Out to respect and observe all applicable laws in the registration of their initiatives and the execution of the services during the nationwide lockdown. However, Eat Out cannot guarantee that Grantees will uphold such an undertaking and does not accept any liability in this regard. Eat Out has no control over and is not responsible for the quality, safety or legality of these initiatives or services, the accuracy of any information provided by Grantees and/or any of their vendors or the ability of Grantees and/or any vendors to perform the services. 
  • Funds received from Eat Out must be used for the mobilisation of the restaurant for food relief during lockdown and thereafter: general operations, staff salaries and feeding operations.
  • The business must comply with all relevant laws and regulations.
  • Eat Out is owned by New Media (Pty) Ltd, a division of Media24.

For the complete Terms and Conditions, click here.

Auction terms and conditions: KitchenAid hamper 25 June 2020
1.     To be considered for the KitchenAid mixer and accessories worth R20 000, bids must be received between 11am and 5pm, SA Standard Time (GMT +2) on 25 June 2020 only
2.     Bids must be submitted in South African Rands only, in increments of R500 or more.
3.     No Sniping Rule: The highest bid at closing time (5pm) must be standing unopposed for at least 2 minutes. The 2-minute rule will continue untl we have a winning bid. The Auctioneer has discretion to decide the winning bid. 
4.     Bids must be submitted on the Eat Out Facebook page, in new comments only. Bids contained in Direct Messages or replies will not be considered.
5.     The opening bid is R5000. If the final bid is not a reasonable donation to the Fund in line with the value of the knife, we reserve the right to withdraw the lot to reuse for fundraising at a later date.
6.     The winning bidder must pay the amount into the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund at https://help.eatout.co.za/donate. Payments can be made via EFT, Snapscan or Zapper.
7.     All funds to be cleared within 48 hours of the auction closing, failing which the knife will go to the next highest bidder.
8.     Eat Out will courier the prize to the recipient within South Africa as soon as Lockdown permits. Other arrangements can be made for deliveries outside South Africa's borders.