Grant Window for Black and Indigenous Owners Opens January 11

Grants of $15,000 are up for grabs.

Handsome Black waiter wearing apron and smiling at camera at the coffee shop
You won't smile while rounding up your financials, but it could nab you $15,000. / Wavebreak Media Ltd ©

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) is finally accepting applications for its long-awaited grant program benefiting Black and Indigenous restaurateurs starting Monday, January 11.

From 1 p.m. (MT) on Monday, January 11 through 1 p.m. (MT) Friday, January 22, small, Black- or Native-owned food or beverage businesses can apply for the $15,000 grant on the JBF’s website. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure you have all your documentation in hand before Monday afternoon. Colorado businesses will be competing against cohorts in Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Utah for three grants. The program will award 18 grants nationwide.

Food trucks and other food and drink businesses without a brick-and-mortar location will be considered alongside counter- and full-service restaurants. Other key eligibility requirements include:

  • Being independently owned with 50 or fewer full- or part-time employees as of February 15, 2020 (franchises are not eligible); or
  • Being a restaurant group in which each member restaurant had 50 or fewer full-or part-time employees on that date; and
  • Being at least 51% owned by Black and/or Indigenous Americans

Take a look at the grant’s application criteria to determine if you’re eligible to apply and get details on what ownership and financial documentation you should have at the ready.

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