Calling All Dons And Doñas

This Hispanic Heritage Month, the Tequila Don Julio Fund is calling all Hispanic entrepreneurs who follow their heart and demonstrate that the best things in life are made Por Amor (for the love) to apply for a business grant.

Apply your business below.

Eighty years ago, Don Julio González boldly approached a local businessman for a loan of 20,000 pesos to open his own distillery, where Tequila Don Julio continues to be made today. Following his heart, González spent his life perfecting his craft to create one of Mexico's most loved tequilas. Inspired by his entrepreneurial spirit and the love he poured into each bottle of tequila that comes out as an exceptionally smooth liquid, the grant program continues to pay it forward and celebrate Hispanic entrepreneurs who live out their craft por amor (for the love) every day.

This year, the Tequila Don Julio Fund† is partnering with the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) to encourage Hispanic entrepreneurs, who follow their heart and demonstrate that the best things in life are made por amor, to apply for the business grant. Up to five recipients will each be awarded a $20,000 grant‡ and business support, which includes a five-year Gold membership to ALPFA, digital business marketing package, and mentorship opportunities ‐ all awarded through the Tequila Don Julio Fund.

ALPFA is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation.


†The Tequila Don Julio Fund is a donor advised fund with Diageo North America, Inc. as the donor and which is administered by Fairfield County's Community Foundation, an IRS 501(c)(3) organization.
‡Funds to be provided by Fairfield County's Community Foundation and Association of Latino Professionals For America, both of which are IRS 501(c)(3) organizations. Recipient business will not receive monies directly from Diageo Americas, Inc./Tequila Don Julio.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be at least 25 years old as of September 15, 2022
  • Be Hispanic American (inc. Latino American)
  • Be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Have a craft that they do por amor (for the love of it), that has led to the creation of their small business
  • Be a small business owner, owning at least 51% of the business and actively involved in its daily operations
  • Business must have been started at least two (2) years ago
  • Business must be in good standing (e.g., all taxes paid, all licenses up to date, etc.)
  • Cannot have been convicted of a felony, DUI or DWI, or have a history of substance misuse and/or substance use disorder (SUD)

Application

Inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of Don Julio González and the love he poured into each bottle of tequila that comes out as an exceptionally smooth liquid, the Tequila Don Julio Fund is calling all Hispanic entrepreneurs who do it por amor to apply.

For full details, please see the Terms and Conditions.

Fill out the complete application form.

Personal Information:

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You must be at least 25 years old to enter.

Business Information:

Please provide either: 1) Business Website 2) Social Media 3) N/A if none

Please submit a short video (no more than five minutes) or essay (no more than 750 words). Briefly tell us about the craft that you do Por Amor (for the love), your business that you started for your craft, and how the Tequila Don Julio Fund grant will help your business.

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NO FEE TO APPLY. Valid only in the U.S. Must be 25+, identify as Hispanic American & own small business. (1) application per small business. Certain businesses (e.g., those engaged in the distribution or sale of alcohol, adult entertainment, gambling credit/financial services) excluded. Provision of grant monies not an endorsement, sponsorship, joint venture or business relationship with Diageo Americas, Inc./Tequila Don Julio. Void where prohibited. Subject to Terms and Conditions.