OUT Georgia Business Alliance & National LGBT Chamber of Commerce Team Up with Grubhub Community Fund for Another Year of Grants to Aid in Growth and Development

Washington, DC -- America’s LGBTQ+-owned restaurants and bars serving food will once again find a vital lifeline this year stemming from the ongoing partnership formed by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBTQ+ community and certifying body for LGBTQ+-owned businesses nationwide, and Grubhub, a leading U.S. food-ordering and delivery marketplace, through the Grubhub Community Fund.

UPDATE: East Region grant application deadline has been extended to May 26, 2024

Today marks the launch of East Coast applications for the NGLCC Community Impact Grant Program by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, made possible through continued support from the Grubhub Community Fund. These grants, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, offer funding for a variety of purposes, including everything from supporting employee wages and incentives, maintaining or upgrading existing infrastructure, enabling marketing and PR efforts and more.

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“We often say at NGLCC that if you can buy it, an LGBTQ+-owned business can supply it,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson. He added, "This rings especially true for LGBTQ+-owned restaurants and food-serving establishments across America, which play a vital role in their communities. We're thrilled to once again collaborate on this program, thanks to the generous support of the Grubhub Community Fund, to offer grants that will benefit businesses nationwide.”

UPDATE: East Region grant application deadline has been extended to May 26, 2024

"Grubhub’s partnership with NGLCC continues to go on from strength to strength over the years, and we’re really proud of the impact this initiative has had on LGBTQ+-owned businesses nationwide," said Dave Tovar, Grubhub’s senior vice president of Communications and Government Relations. "We are inspired by countless stories of how these grants empower independent restaurants to thrive and make meaningful contributions to their communities. We know this year’s grant recipients will do incredible things with the funds they receive as this program continues to grow."

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“OUT Georgia Business Alliance is thrilled to bring the NGLCC Community Impact Grant back to the Peach State after we connected nearly $100,000 to Georgia-based businesses over the last two years,” said OUT Georgia’s Executive Director Chris Lugo.

“For 2024, we aiming to set a Georgia record for the total dollars awarded and number of businesses included in this incredible grant program. LGBTQ+-owned and LGBTQ+ ally-owned restaurants, bars, and cafés across Georgia need to apply by May 21 to be eligible. Now is the time to get this done and share!"

UPDATE: East Region grant application deadline has been extended to May 26, 2024

Once again, under the innovative grant program, the NGLCC has set a goal to allocate 30 percent of the funds to businesses owned by people of color and transgender and gender expansive (TGX) individuals. Between now and June 2024, NGLCC will roll the grant program out regionally, with applications for East Coast establishments launching on April 30, 2024, through May 21, 2024. Applications for the Central US will open in May 2024, and those for the West Coast will roll out in June 2024. Restaurants wishing to learn more about applying for grants should visit nglcc.org/ghgrant.

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The NGLCC’s network of nearly 55 Affiliate Chambers across America will once again help amplify this grant opportunity to support local restaurants. Those local chambers will again benefit from this initiative’s Affiliate Chamber Fund. In addition to supporting local efforts to share the grant opportunity, this fund has and will continue to enable any establishment that receives a grant that is not currently a member of an NGLCC local affiliate chamber to have one year of membership paid.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Community Impact Grant, applicants must:

  1. Be an LGBTQ+-owned or LGBTQ+ ally-owned restaurant, bar or café that serves food.
  2. Provide proof that you are an LGBTQ+-owned or allied establishment.
  3. Establishment has not received 2+ NGLCC Community Impact Grants in previous years

Please note: Partnership with NGLCC or Grubhub is not a requirement for application.

Application Deadlines

UPDATE: East Region grant application deadline has been extended to May 26, 2024

East Region Application (includes Georgia!)
Launch: April 30, 2024
Deadline to Apply (East): May 26, 2024

Central Region Application
Launch: May 14, 2024
Deadline to Apply (Central): June 4, 2024

West Region Application
Launch: June 4, 2024
Deadline to Apply (West): June 25, 2024

For more information on the Community Impact Grant Program regarding restaurant eligibility requirements, timelines, how to apply, and more, please visit nglcc.org/ghgrant.

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The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses, known as Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers.

nglcc.org @nglcc

About Grubhub

Grubhub is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com (LSE: JET, AMS: TKWY), a leading global online food delivery marketplace. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features more than 365,000 restaurant partners in over 4,000 U.S. cities.

About OUT Georgia Business Alliance

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OUT Georgia Business Alliance is Georgia's LGBTQIA+ Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1994, OUT Georgia proudly serves as the business voice of Georgia’s LGBTQIA+ community, representing a diverse network of small business, nonprofit, and corporate members united in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging in the workplace and in Georgia’s economy.

We are proud to serve as a connector across the Peach State, with a focus on economic empowerment, certification and contracting, and business development programming.

OUT Georgia is a Federation Member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the exclusive Statewide Affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), and the state’s LGBTQIA+ economic and small business development leader.