As Women’s History Month begins, Portland-based Freeland Spirits in partnership with Re:HER is announcing The Freeland Spirits Business Development Grant.
The women-owned-and-operated spirits brand and Re:HER will award a $10,000 cash grant to one woman-identifying founder of an early-stage alcohol-related food and beverage business in Oregon, Washington state, or California.
How it Works
There will be a 10-day application window March 1st through March 10th, followed by a two-week vetting process. The winner will be announced on March 31st, 2023.
Applications are due by 11:59pm Pacific Time on March 10, 2023.
- Woman-identifying founder of the business.
- The business is a food and beverage/hospitality business that specifically touches alcohol, including but not limited to:
- Restaurants with spirits programs
- Alcohol beverage producers
- Alcohol beverage retailers
- Non-alcoholic beverage alternatives (NA Spirits)
- 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. See below
About Freeland Spirits
Freeland Spirits is a craft distillery in Portland, Oregon, and is one of very few women owned and run distilleries in history. Led by owner Jill Kuehler and Master Distiller Molly Troupe, Freeland Spirits celebrates the women of the craft.
How to apply
Click HERE for more information and the application form!
What to have on hand
It’s recommended that you have the following information and documentation prepared for the application:
- Basic information about your business
- Revenue information: if your business is operational, you will need to provide, as applicable:
- Projected 2023 year-end revenue
- Q1 2023 revenue
- Annual revenue and net profit for 2020, 2021, and 2022 (for years your business was open during that time)
- P&Ls to date in 2023 and for 2020, 2021, and 2022 (for years your business was open during that time)
Restriction on Use of Grant Funds
The grant funds may only be used for business development and growth, such as increasing awareness of your business through branding/marketing, purchasing equipment or technology, hiring professional services to make your business more compliant or efficient, educational or certification programs for you or your team members, developing new products, opening a physical location or moving to a new location, etc.
The funds may not be used for items such as vendor bills, lapsed rent, repaying investors, or paying debt.