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National ACE Opens Applications for the AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund in Partnership with Grubhub to Help with the Growth and Expansion of AAPI-owned Restaurants

Independent restaurants across the country can apply for a grant up to $50,000 through the AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund made possible by the Grubhub Community Fund.

Eligible restaurants across the country will be able to apply for a $15,000 grant, with grand prizes up to $50,000 awarded live at the National ACE’s #AAPISTRONG Annual Conference in Las Vegas on October 12-13, 2023.

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From August 14 to August 28, 2023 or when we reach 2,000 applicants, whichever comes first, the AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund will accept grant applications from all AAPI-owned restaurants throughout the United States.

To qualify for grant assistance, AAPI-owned restaurants must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. The restaurant must be Asian American/Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian majority-owned (at least 51%);
  2. Must be based in the United States;
  3. Must be currently operational;
  4. Must be a for-profit business;
  5. Must show proof of their primary licensed activity as “the preparation and serving of food”;
  6. Operates in a single location;
  7. Cannot be a franchise;
  8. Must demonstrate financial need;
  9. Funds must be used towards growth and expansion of the business;
  10. Must demonstrate community impact (i.e. culture/community, hiring, charitable/philanthropic efforts, etc.)
  11. For grand prize finalists, you must be able to attend our Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV on October 12-13. Flight vouchers and hotel accommodations will be provided via National ACE for the three grand prize finalists.

Applications will open the morning of Monday, August 14, 2023 at 12am ET via

The application period will close on August 28, 2023 or when we reach 2,000 applicants, whichever comes first. Grants will be distributed to restaurants throughout Fall 2023. Interested restaurants can learn more about the AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund and the full application process at

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