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Love, Tito’s Small Business Grant Program

In honor of our 25th anniversary, we're raising a glass to the entrepreneurial spirit.

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In honor of our 25th anniversary, we're raising a glass to the entrepreneurial spirit.

Our story started with a dream: To make a vodka so smooth you could drink it straight, a vodka for sharing with folks who love good cocktails, a vodka with enough spirit to make the world a better place.

For a while it was just a dream. Before breaking into the spirits industry, Tito had walked down a few career paths – from roughnecking on oil rigs to selling mortgages out of his living room. Somewhere along the way, he began to make homemade infusions; gifts for holidays and housewarmings. The small gesture coined him a nickname: “the vodka guy.” Little did he know, that nickname would seal his destiny.

After countless challenges, a 998 square foot shack outside of Austin, and a pot still rigged from a few spare parts, Tito Beveridge was well on his way.

Twenty-five years later, Tito's Handmade Vodka lines shelves and fills glasses around the world. We’ve grown into a brand not only known for our award-winning product sold at a fair price, but also for doing good; from rescuing dogs, to helping our environment, to supporting entrepreneurs who have big dreams.

This year, in honor of our 25th anniversary, we’re giving back to small business owners who are following their passions and making an impact in their communities – just like Tito did, and continues to do, alongside the wider Tito’s Handmade Vodka team.

Through Love, Tito’s, we’re launching the “Love, Tito’s Small Business Grant Program.” This brand-new program will support 10 small business owners who best demonstrate the company values of grit, love, kindness, meaning, and purpose.

By teaming up with Accion Opportunity Fund, we’ll deliver $25,000 grants to help fuel each business’s vision for growth. Accion Opportunity Fund is a financial support system that provides diverse, determined small business owners with access to capital, networks, and coaching.

The goal behind the “Love, Tito’s Small Business Grant Program” is to offer entrepreneurs one less obstacle to overcome and one more opportunity to succeed. Because if Tito Beveridge can turn a dream into a bottle, a bottle into a brand, a brand into a catalyst for making a difference in the world? If he could do all that with unwavering determination, a pocket of debt, and word-of-mouth? Imagine what he could have done with a little extra help.

Here's how this will work:

  • Interested applicants can fill out the application and provide all relevant documentation here.
  • Applications will be accepted from June 1, 2022 8am ET to June 30, 2022 5pm ET.
  • Accion Opportunity Fund will assess the grant applications against program criteria and select 10 grantees to receive $25,000 grants each.
  • Grantees will be notified in July 2022 and grants will be issued in August 2022.

Eligible small businesses must:

  • Be owned by the applicant
  • Be based in the United States
  • Have been in business for at least one year since launch (since June 2021)
  • Have earned less than $1 million in revenue in 2021
  • Have a business bank account.
  • Not own a business in a restricted industry. While we wish we could offer these grants to the alcohol industry, as a manufacturer of a distilled spirit, we are legally prohibited from providing monetary funds to licensed accounts.

Application available June 1 - June 30, apply HERE.

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