The Merchants Fund is a Philadelphia charity established in 1854 to provide charitable gifts to business persons facing financial hardship. We continue this mission today by providing grants and other support services to merchants and small businesses.

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Cantina La Martina

Cantina la Martina, located in the heart of Kensington, received a TMF grant in 2022. A year later, Chef Dionicio Jiménez was named a finalist for a 2023 James Beard Award.

Vientiane Bistro

Founded as the Blue Tent in 2000 in West Philly, the Bistro location proudly brings Lao food to Kensington.

Grant Blvd.

Founded in 2017, Grant Blvd is a Black woman-owned, Philadelphia-based apparel brand & B Corp on a mission to construct truly stylish, sustainably sourced fashion. TMF supported Grant Blvd. with a $10,000 grant to help them relocate to a new location, while maintaining their existing location and shifting to a new concept, BlkIvy, a thrift/vintage shop… View Article