The James Beard Foundation has announced a new grant initiative to provide financial resources for US food or beverage businesses that are majority-owned by black or indigenous individuals.
The new initiative, called The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans, forms "part of the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to continually lift up the Black and Indigenous business owners in its industry, not just in light of the pandemic, but for good,” said James Beard Foundation vice president of community Colleen Vincent.
The Fund will disburse $15,000 grants equally across black and indigenous populations throughout the United States, and will include a wide spectrum of food and drink enterprises like food trucks, pop-up supper clubs, fast-casual restaurants, and brewpubs, which make the dining culture in the US unique.
“Financial resource is that much more impactful when coupled with support from organisations and experts who make themselves available to provide guidance on professional skills like marketing, structuring business plans, and negotiating contracts. The Foundation is creating new partnerships to deliver this value to its grant recipients in an effort to see these businesses thrive for the long term.”
How to Apply
The application period will open later in the year, but donations can be made now.