Support a Historic Small Restaurant

Now in its second year, the Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant Program is once again on a national search for beloved local eateries that have stood the test of time and served their communities for decades.

Together with American Express, we will award $1+ million in grants to 25 historic and culturally significant restaurants throughout the United States to help them improve, upgrade, and preserve their exterior physical spaces and online businesses. This program seeks to assist a broad array of restaurants that have contributed to their neighborhood’s history and identity for at least 25 years, and that help tell a diverse story about cuisine and community in America.

And we want to hear from you!

We invite you to use this form to tell us about the historic restaurants that are near and dear to your heart, and could use a little TLC to stay up and running. Submissions are due by April 4, 2022.

Thank you for supporting historic small restaurants!

If you are a restaurant owner, please use this form to formally apply for the grant program.

New registrants who complete this form will receive periodic updates and communications from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Join us in protecting and restoring places where significant African American history happened.

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