Coffee industry businesses across Louisiana have been impacted by recent hurricanes, including Laura and Delta in 2020, and now Ida in 2021. These natural disasters create unplanned financial emergencies for people in the storm’s path.
For Hurricane Ida, 25 Louisiana parishes were identified as disaster areas by FEMA, which includes hundreds of coffee businesses. In reality, almost every coffee business in southeast Louisiana was impacted by storm closures, damages, and other business disruptions. Operating expenses are still their responsibility, such as utility bills, taxes, and more. These businesses continue to navigate resources, but need more help.
The Speciality Coffee Association has committed a portion of proceeds from the 2021 Specialty Coffee Expo to help launch the “Coffee Industry Hurricane Relief Program” that will operate through the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, a 501c3 organization whose mission is to strengthen Louisiana’s hospitality industry through support of individuals within the community. A one-time grant award of $1,000 will be distributed, under specific eligibility criteria, to coffee industry businesses who have suddenly found themselves struggling from the impacts of a hurricane. They can breathe a little easier knowing that this relief fund can help them with their business expenses. Other Federal and State resources remain available, but the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation relief funds will help these coffee businesses get through this critical period.
Coffee industry businesses play a vital role in the Louisiana economy. We need your support to help these businesses when they need it most. Your donation will help us help more coffee businesses in need.
To qualify for an award, the applicant must meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements:
- COFFEE INDUSTRY BUSINESS – Applicant must be the owner of one of the following types of coffee industry businesses (coffee is primary focus of business): Cafe/Retailer, Coffee Roaster, Importer (green coffee), and/or Coffee Equipment Tech Service.
- LOCATION OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS – Applicant’s business must be a Louisiana licensed coffee business operating in one of the 25 parishes identified by FEMA as devastated by Hurricane Ida (Parishes in alphabetical order: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana.)
- HURRICANE-RELATED IMPACT – Applicant’s business must have been negatively impacted by Hurricane Ida.
- Occupational license (or General Business license) showing name and location of business operations (license cannot be expired at the time of application submission)
- Voided check from business checking account
- Completed and signed online application
Before starting a new application, please have your occupational license and voided check readily available. You will be required to upload these documents into the application form.
All awards will be distributed via direct deposit. No checks will be issued.
Funding for this program is a compilation of donations submitted to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, including gifts from Specialty Coffee Association and other supporters.