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2024 Elevate Together

Application portal closed July 5, 2024

Awardee's will be announced the last week of July.

ELEVATE TOGETHER™ Cash Grants is designed to address systemic discrimination and historical racial disparities in business growth and profitability in Black and Hispanic communities.

Through a partnership with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the initiative helps support Hispanic small businesses with five or less employees. The ODP Corporation (parent company to Office Depot) is the initiative’s founding partner.

2024 Small Business Grant applications opens June 17th - July 5th.

Small business eligibility requirements for cash grants:

  • Business Certifications
  • Licensed (if applicable)
  • Registered with the Department of Revenue and Registered with the IRS
  • If applicable, also registered with the Department of State
  • Considered a Small Business based on SBA size standards In “good standing” with respective state
  •  Participate in small business education workshops or counseling with the LA Latino Chamber. Your participation will be verified at these sessions before cash grant is given
  • Business in existence at least 18 months
  • 1-5 employees 
  • At least 51% minority-owned, operated and controlled
  • Latino owned business
  • Owner must be at least 21 years old and be a legal resident of one of the 48 contiguous United States, the District of Columbia, Alaska or Hawaii
  • Business must provide plan for the use of funds (Mandatory)
  • Business must provide a 60 second video introducing themselves and their business and why they are applying for the grant. 
  • Video must be uploaded to You Tube and link must be provided on the application. 
  • Video is required.
  • Capability Statement
  • Be a current LA Latino Chamber of Commerce  member in "good standing" for over one (1) year 
  • Participate in 3 mentoring sessions with SCORE Mentoring team an complete the sessions by November 1, 2024
  • Be a member who is a participant in training. 
  • Non-profit organizations are not eligible for this grant. No exceptions.
  •  The mentoring sessions are mandatory to receive grant. 
  • Business must have a headquarters in Los Angeles County. All information provided on the application will be verified.
  • Submit a Capability Statement to Olivia Rios at no later than June 30th.

    Typical grant amount ranges up to $5,000 per business.

    Application closed July 5, 2024


    June 17 - July 5, 2024                 Call for applications

    July 8 - July 26, 2024                   Committee will review applications

    Week of July 29, 2024                Cash grant recipients notified by the LA Latino Chamber

    Week of August 5, 2024            Cash grant recipients receive congratulatory letter from Elevate Together and next steps for      completing mentoring with SCORE.

    August 10th                                 Recipients will be highlighted at the LA Latino signature program " A Night in Havana"

    September - October 2024       Recognition events hosted in Office Depot stores; grantees receive OD gift cards

    November 1, 2024                      Deadline for cash grant recipient to complete three mentoring sessions with SCORE.

    The Elevate Together committee will review applications. Qualifying applicants will be interviewed by the committee.  Awardees of the grants will be notified during the week of August 5, 2024 and be recognized at the LA Chamber signature "A Night in Havana" on August 10, 2024. Grants will be distributed December 7th at the Annual Fiesta Navidad event in San Dimas.

    For questions about this program, please contact our LALCC staff at (213) 422-9019 or Olivia E Rios, Director of Operations, at

    How We Provide Support




    • Technical assistance (workshops, training, bootcamps, one-on-one counseling) provided by National Urban League and US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce affiliates in local markets
    • Certified small business mentor from SCORE
    • Soon to come: Elevate Together University — small business workshops (accounting, finance, marketing, supplier development, IT, legal) presented by Elevate Together corporate partners

    • Provide access to professional networks and platforms
    • Help to increase the pipeline of diverse suppliers
    • Increase amount of capital available to minority small business owners through non-traditional lending sources

    • Cash grants to minority small business owners
    • Donation of in-kind products and services (copy and print services; tech products and services; office/home office furniture furnishings; business services; office supplies)

    Frequently Asked Questions 

    How does a business participate in the Elevate Together initiative?

    Hispanic small business owners interested in participating in the initiative must contact the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce during standard business hours Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm PST.

    Why should a business participate in the Elevate Together initiative?

    Hispanic small business owners that are part of the Elevate Together initiative will receive short and/or long term-term education and training, mentoring and advisory services delivered by local community partners. Some businesses may also be eligible to receive a cash grant or in-kind products and services from the initiative.

    In how many locations will the Elevate Together initiative be launched?

    Elevate Together will launch in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and South Florida. The initiative will eventually be expanded to additional geographic locations in the United States.

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