Celebrating African Cuisine Restaurants Supported by
Eko Kitchen Fundraiser
Buna Ethiopian Restaurant Fundraiser
Restaurant Cesaria Fundraiser
Groupe Yasolo Fundraiser
Golden Safari Fundraiser
Walia Ethiopian Cuisine Fundraiser
Messob Ethiopian Reataurant Fundraiser
Incredibly Talented Black Entrepreneurs
Cooking with Tee Fundraiser
Lexis Gonzalez Fundraiser
Aristide Williams II Fundraiser
Where ya at Matt? Fundraiser
HacTac Events Fundraiser
Patricia Gonzalez Fundraiser
Rasheeda Purdie Fundraiser
Sisters Cuisine Harlem Fundraiser
Jaqueta Tucker Fundraiser
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Les Sisters Fundraiser
Bludso’s BBQ Fundraiser
Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Kitchen Fundraiser
Josephine’s Southern Cooking Fundraiser
Just Stuff It Catering Fundraiser
Jerk Shack Fundraiser
BLVD Bistro Fundraiser
Soul Bowl Fundraiser
Black Businesses Matter Regional Nominators
Leticia Skai Young
On the Rise Video Series by Marcus Samuelsson Marcus Samuelsson travels the United States to tell the rich, complicated, and delicious history of Black cuisine in America.
On the Rise Series - Leticia Skai Young-Mohan and chef Raymond Mohan with Marcus Samuelsson Episode 4
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On the Rise Series - chef Kwame Onwuachi with Marcus Samuelsson Episode 3
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On the Rise Series - chef Rodney Scotts with Marcus Samuelsson Episode 2
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What is the Black Businesses Matter Matching Fund?
The Black Businesses Matter Matching Fund (#BBMMF) utilizes a matching fund to multiply urgent support to certified Black-owned and operated restaurants and local businesses in need, including to their employees most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic and social crises. Using the power of sponsorships and large contributions, organizations and donors can multiply the impact of thousands of individual donors to these struggling Black-owned small businesses and workers.
How does Black Businesses Matter Matching Fund Recipient Selection Process Work?
The BBMMF campaign has an established multi-step process to nominate the Black-owned businesses that will receive these grants.
The BBMMF recipient businesses are subject to following selection process:
Black-owned businesses are nominated by one of the Black Businesses Matters 12 regional nominating leads, which include Marcus Samuelsson and other renowned African American chefs and tastemakers that are involved in their respective communities.
The Black Businesses Matter Matching Fund team at Project Bento then reviews all nominated businesses in order to further narrow down the finalized list of recipients.
Once selected, the Project Bento BBMMF team conducts a meeting over the phone with each business to start the process of creating the recipient’s public page on the Black Businesses Matter Campaign Hub.
The recipient businesses must certify that they are a legitimate Black-owned business (defined as more than 50% of business ownership) by submitting 3 forms of ID, including a government issued Photo ID. Project Bento can ask for further documentation, including articles of incorporation.
BBMMF requires certification from the businesses and verification before dispersing the funds to the recipient businesses using the Sage Plus Platform.
The Black Businesses Matter Matching Fund is also partnering with local BIPOC small business advocate non-profit organizations who can help recommend, vet and advise in the selection process. Black-owned businesses can also directly apply for the #BBMMF campaign on the site, which then goes through the Black Businesses Matters 12 regional nominating leads.
Every month during the campaign, all recipients have to create at least one public post and provide a report detailing the applied use of funds for their business.
Any entities in which the Black Businesses Matching Fund team or Project Bento team have a business interest or a related family owned business will not be eligible to apply.
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