The Cultivate Awards Application

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Apply to The Cultivate Award

Below is the application for the TCF Cultivate Award. This award was created to help nurture the plus size fashion ecosystem and to provide various designers with the tools needed to thrive in their business.

Is this you?

Please review the eligibility requirements before you fill out your application. If you meet the requirements, please fill out this application. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

Applications will close Monday, March 1st, 2021 at 11:59 PST. Finalists will be notified no later than March 15th, 2021.


We are looking for a designer who:

  • Has Been in Business for at Least 2 + Years
  • Has already been designing and serving for a plus size audience from sizes (at minimum) 14-24
  • You identify as BIPOC (Asian, Black, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander) independent plus size designer. In this first year, we will prioritize supporting Black entrepreneurs through the program
  • Can Provide Images of Collection
  • Will Provide a Short Video
  • Has an Updated E-Commerce Business and Website
  • Is 18 years or older
  • Is registered in the U.S. and its territories as a legal entity and have a valid EIN number


The Process

  • Finalists Contacted and Announced In March.
  • Required due diligence information may include an EIN, W-9 Form, and appropriate banking information in order to receive funds via ACH if awarded.
  • Finalists Will Receive Instructions and Next Steps to Show Collection via livestream in May.
  • Interviews Will Be Conducted for Marketing and Promotion
  • Award Recipients Announced. Funds Provided Within 30 Days of May Event



The Cultivate Awards Process

Key Dates:

  • Applications Open: Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
  • Applications Close: Monday, March 1st, 2021 at 11:59 PST
  • Finalists Notified: No later than March 15th, 2021
  • Livestreamed Fashion Event: Sunday, May 2nd

About The Cultivate Awards

Program Terms & Conditions

Meet the Judges (coming soon)

The Application

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