Powered By Tacos

Each year, we select a nonprofit organization to be our Powered By Tacos (PBT) partner. The organization will receive a maximum of $25,000 that is raised through proceeds of a signature taco created in partnership with the executive chef and featured on all location menus for five months.

For over 100 years, YMCA Camp Minikani has been inspiring and empowering future leaders here in Milwaukee. At Camp Minikani’s Summer Camp, kids are taught skills ranging from archery and canoeing to cultivating an appreciation for the arts and nature. More importantly, our future leaders forge lifelong friends and are given experiences that will shape their lives positively for years to come. The impact Camp Minikani has on our youth and our community is priceless and we are honored to be working with them during the 2019-2020 Powered by Tacos program.

For every Minikani Magic Taco sold, Belair Cantina will be donating the proceeds to YMCA Camp Minikani to provide campers with scholarships to Camp Minikani. Together, we can all make an impact and inspire children now to become the leaders of the future.

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Making a difference, one taco at a time!

Past recipients of the PBT Award

Jouney House

$15,000

Ronald McDonald House Charities

$26,000

Tosa Skate Park

$25,000

Urban Ecology Center

$29,000

Playworks

$45,000

Powered By Tacos Application

What is the Powered By Tacos Program?

At BelAir Cantina, we pride ourselves on finding creative ways to make a difference in our community. That’s why we combine the power of philanthropy with the power of tacos to support local nonprofits whose values and missions reflect our own. When it comes to doing some good, we find that even one taco can pack quite a punch. Each year, we select a nonprofit organization to be our Powered By Tacos (PBT) partner. The organization will receive a maximum of $25,000 that is raised through proceeds of a signature taco created in partnership with the executive chef and featured on all location menus for five months.

Who should apply for the Powered By Tacos award?

BelAir enjoys helping all organizations that enrich the community, but for the Powered By Tacos Program, we welcome organizations that meet the following criteria to apply:

    • Organizations must have an IRS tax-exempt classification under 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code.
    • Organizations must clearly demonstrate a commitment to community improvement.
    • Organizations must have a program that will benefit from the award. Award funds are not to be used for general operating expenses.

What is the application process?

    1. Please only apply if your cause meets the three consideration points listed above.
    2. Complete the application form and essay. During the application period, please submit materials to community@belair2019.wpengine.com.
    3. Within two business days, you will receive an email confirmation from our corporate office.
    4. After the application period closes, the BelAir executive team will review the applications and select three finalists. These finalists will be asked to join us for nachos and a short presentation. The executive team will then meet and vote to decide the new Powered By Tacos Program Award Recipient. All finalists will be notified within three business days.
    5. BelAir will issue a press release to announce the new Powered By Tacos Program Partner!
    6. The PBT Program Partner organization will be required to submit a short report accounting for use of the Powered By Tacos Award funds.

Powered By Tacos Program Calendar

January 1 – March 30 Application Period Apply to be the next Powered By Tacos Partner!

April 1 – June 30 Application Review Applications are reviewed and finalists are selected.

July 1 - August 30 Finalists join us for nachos and give a short presentation. Selection Period Award recipient is chosen, all finalists notified and a press release is distributed to announce new PBT Partner.

September 1 – October 31 Taco Prep Period Partner works with Chef Noe to create signature taco!

November 1 – March 30 Enjoy Taco Time PBT taco is featured on all BelAir Cantina menus. Proceeds are given to the organization on a monthly basis.

Please Note:

To be considered as an applicant for the Powered By Tacos Program Award you must meet the three criteria noted above (under the Who Should Apply For the Powered By Tacos Award) and submit the Powered By Tacos Program Application, your essay, and the organization’s 501(c)(3) documentation to community@belair2019.wpengine.com, during the application period.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email community@belair2019.wpengine.com.

  • In addition to completing this form, please submit a one-to-two-page essay describing your organization, your commitment to community improvement, and the program or cause that would benefit from the award.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.