Backing Historic Small Restaurants

We’re expanding! This year, 50 historic small restaurants across the country will each receive a $50,000 grant.

Now in its fourth year, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are doubling the number of Backing Historic Small Restaurants grant awardees to 50 small or independently owned restaurants across the country. Each restaurant—all places that contribute to their neighborhood's unique history and identity—will receive $50,000 in funding to help them improve their businesses and positively impact their communities.

Since it began, the Backing Historic Small Restaurants grant program has granted a total of $3 million to 75 historic restaurants (2021, 2022, 2023) to help restaurants address critical needs amid ongoing economic challenges. This critical financial support helps small restaurant owners better navigate supply chain issues, staffing shortages, inflation, and other crises so that their establishments’ legacies can continue.

Grant applications were due on March 27, 2024, and grantees will be announced in July.

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