The month of March marks the celebration of Women’s History Month. Wednesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day. Both calendar highlights celebrate the significant achievements of women throughout history across the globe.
To honor women in the food and beverage industry, Portland-based distillery Freeland Spirits is announcing a significant business development grant, with applications opening March 1.
In partnership with Re:HER, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing woman-identifying and nonbinary entrepreneurs and leaders in the food and beverage industry, Freeland Spirits is awarding a $10,000 cash grant for business development. Woman-identifying founders of an alcohol-related food and beverage business in its early stages in Oregon, Washington or California may apply.
The 10-day window for accepting applications begins on March 1 through March 10. The winner will be announced on March 31. Those interested can apply on Re:HER’s website.
- You are a woman-identifying founder of the business
- The business is a food and/or beverage/hospitality business. This includes, but is not limited to:
-Alcoholic beverage producers such as breweries, distilleries, cideries, wineries, etc.
-Artisan food producers
-Non-alcoholic beverage alternatives (NA spirits)
–Due to alcohol regulations, businesses with a license to sell or serve alcohol at retail are not eligible to receive this grant (for example, bars, restaurants, liquor stores, etc.)
- At least 50% of the business is woman or women-owned
- The business operates in Oregon, Washington state, or California
- The business is pre-revenue or is in its first three years of operation and is looking for ways to grow
- The business is independently owned and operated
-This refers to businesses that maintain majority control. Owners of franchises do not apply.
- The grant must be used entirely for business development purposes.
- No owners of the business may be employed by or affiliated with Freeland Spirits or the RE:Her Los Angeles Board
- Applicants will be asked basic information about their business, personal information, financial information, and asked to provide answers to 5 brief questions explaining their candidacy.