The Tequila Don Julio Fund Grant Program Returns for Hispanic Heritage Month

This Hispanic Heritage Month, the Tequila Don Julio Fund Grant Program has returned for the second year to celebrate and support Hispanic entrepreneurs who follow their heart and do what they do por amor as late founder, Don Julio González did with his craft.

Hispanic entrepreneurs can apply now for a chance to win a $20,000 grant as well as additional resources to help take their business to the next level.

The initiative is also bringing together an ensemble of 10 Hispanic trailblazers to create a new Advisory Board that will help select this year’s grant recipients and empower them to build successful businesses.

The newly appointed Advisory Board includes Singer-Songwriter Sofia Reyes, Fashion Designer Victor Barragán, Celebrity Photographer Carlos Eric Lopez, ALPFA Chief Financial Officer, Selene Benavides, as well as the inaugural Tequila Don Julio Fund grant recipients including Progeny Coffee Co-Founder & CEO Maria Palacio, Tia Lupita Foods Founder & CEO Hector Saldivar, Jen Contracting Group Owner & CEO Jennifer Ramos Aguilar, YAPA Artisan Empanadas Owner Polo Valdes, and MARME Founder & CEO Maria Mejia.

Grant recipients will be announced in early November and five qualifying entrepreneurs will each be awarded the following through the Tequila Don Julio Fund and its Advisory Board:

Business Funding: A $20,000 grant (for a possible total of $100,000 in grants) for the recipient to put toward advancing their business goals.

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Exclusive features on the Don Julio website and social channels highlighting the grant recipient and their business.

Digital Marketing Package: A portfolio of digital assets that the recipient can use to promote their own business, including entrepreneur headshots, still images as well as two video assets highlighting their business and their craft that they do por amor.

Mentorship Opportunities: Each recipient will be paired with a grant recipient from the Tequila Don Julio Fund’s inaugural grant program last year, who will provide a one-on-one mentorship session.

Ongoing Professional Support: A 5-year membership to Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) for countless opportunities for one-on-one guidance, networking, and business resources.

This grant program is part of the Tequila Don Julio Fund’s $1 million pledge over four (4) years to charities whose missions support the communities that have helped build the brand to what it is today.

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