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Applications for the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans are now open, but you only have until January 22 to apply.

As part of the foundation’s commitment to making America's food culture more diverse, and sustainable for everyone, they said in a release that they “feel a responsibility to recognize and support all members of our industry, especially those whose contributions have been historically minimized or erased.

“Black and Indigenous people often have portions of their cuisines and cultures appropriated, their hand in creating major American food and beverage items and dishes erased and their images exploited and racialized to the benefit of their white counterparts. We recognize these facts and seek to highlight the merits and contributions of Black and Indigenous people.”

Last fall, the Foundation began fundraising activities for the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans. The fund will provide $15,000 grants to food and beverage businesses that are majority-owned by Black or Indigenous individuals across six regions nationally.

The deadline for applications is 2 p.m. Central Friday, January 22, 2021.

Applicants are asked to review the criteria and frequently-asked questions before submitting an application. Due to the high level of applications anticipated, only those whose applications are accepted will be contacted.

For the first round, the Foundation will provide a total of 18 grants divided evenly among the six national regions (three grants per region). 

As funds become available, a new application period will be announced .

For more information on the grants and how to apply, visit jamesbeard.org/investment-fund.   

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