What is the Leather Together Foundation?
The Leather Together Foundation is Tandy's financial assistance and charitable giving program created to give back to the people of the leathercrafting community who are at the heart of our business. Tandy's mission, to build on our legacy of inspiring the timeless art and trade of Leatherworking, is the core of the Leather Together Foundation's purpose. We want to ensure that the people in our community can keep moving forward, even through difficult times, and continue to build their own legacies through leatherwork.
Financial Assistance Available
We know that the unexpected can happen at any time - natural disasters, pandemics, and other extreme events - and we want to help your small business and our employees not only endure this hardship but also thrive through it. Tandy has established two funds providing grants for financial assistance with the hope to add more in response to the needs of our community.
Learn more about who qualifies and how to apply below.
Small Business Resilience Fund
If you are a Leatherworking entrepreneur and your small business has been affected by a disaster or economic hardship, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Small Business Resilience Fund.
Tandy Employee Foundation
If you are a Tandy Employee, who has been affected by disaster or personal hardship, you can apply for assistance through the Tandy Employee Foundation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is eligible for financial assistance?
A: To be considered for financial assistance through the Small Business Resilience Fund, applicants must meet the following criteria below:
- An established small business that has been generating revenue for the prior 24 months.
- Has a current workforce of 25 or less.
- Generates a minimum annual revenue of $10K or a maximum revenue of $250K from making and selling products with leather components.
- Has experienced an economic hardship in the prior 180 days.
- Is a current Tandy Leather customer in the U.S. or Canada.
Click the "Apply Now" button to see a full list of criteria for eligibility.
Q: What type of businesses qualify for assistance?
- A: A sole proprietor, independent contractor, 1099 and/or registered "for-profit" business entity (eg., C-corporation, S-corporation, limited liability company or partnership.
- A non-profit entity (registered r01(c), 501(c)(19) or 501(c)(6))
Q: What qualifies for an Economic Hardship?
A: "Economic Hardship" means the business’ inability to afford basic operating expenses because of a natural disaster, pandemic, recession, catastrophic, or other extreme circumstances beyond the business’ control.
Q: How much can I qualify for?
A: Assistance will be granted based on need. Assistance from the Small Business Resilience Fund may be granted up to $2,000 per business per eligible business calendar year. Grants can be used for general operating expenses or investments to improve the business.
Q: When can I expect to hear back?
A: To the greatest extent possible, our partners at LiftFund shall determine the eligibility of each applicant and award any assistance to be granted within 14 business days after LiftFund has received all documentation required from each applicant. All personal information submitted to the Small Business Resilience Fund is confidential and reviewed only by LiftFund.
Q: Does this grant need to be paid back?
A: No, you do not need to pay the grant back.
Q: Where does the money for grants come from?
A: Tandy Leather has committed an initial donation to fund the Leather Together Foundation. Additional funds will be raised on an ongoing basis with Giveback Events and more.