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Grants to USA Foodservice Businesses Owned by Individuals of AAPI
Descent for Financial Support Following the COVID-19 Pandemic

Opportunity Grants For Americans of Asian and Pacific Island (AAPI) Owned Restaurants

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Merchant Maverick

Deadline Date:

03/01/22 or upon receipt of 5,000 applications, whichever comes first.


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Grants of $10,000 to USA for-profit foodservice businesses owned by individuals of Asian and Pacific Island descent for financial support following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities to those facing funding inequities, specifically the AAPI community.

The Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grants Program is an integral part of the mission to drive positive change in the B2B space. Its sole purpose is to extend financial opportunities to business owners who otherwise have trouble accessing traditional financing. This grant program is about creating opportunities for those who have fewer options.

As long as you use the money to keep your business afloat, that will be considered a proper use. Grant money can be used for the following things:

  • Rent for the restaurant space
  • Utilities for the restaurant
  • Payroll for self or employees
  • Repayment of business loans
  • Equipment for business, such as freezer, stand mixer, cutlery, etc.
  • Office supplies
  • Payment of business taxes
  • Business travel expenses
  • Renovations to restaurant or food cart
  • Advertising or marketing for your business
  • Business software subscriptions

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200134

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of $10K each

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

If you are an American citizen who is also a member of the AAPI community and you own a restaurant, food cart, kiosk, grocery store, bakery, cafe, or other foodservice business, you are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, your foodservice business must be for-profit and 51% owned by an American citizen who is also of AAPI descent. The business must also sell food directly to customers from a physical location. The following businesses are automatically eligible:
- Full-service restaurants
- Quick-service restaurants & fast food establishments
- Food trucks
- Food carts
- Mall kiosks that sell food
- Market stalls
- Grocery stores
- Butcher shops
- Fishmongers
- Bakeries
- Cafes
- Bars or wineries that also sell food

For ineligible businesses, see the URL for Full Text.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant evaluation and selection period opens on January 3, 2022, and will close on March 1, 2022, or upon receipt of 5,000 applications, whichever comes first. Grant funds will begin to be disbursed on May 1, 2022, via checks sent through the US Postal Service.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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