Grant Opportunity - 2023 Backing Historic Small Restaurants $40,000 Grants

The Backing Historic Small Restaurants program, presented by American Express in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will award a total of $1 million in grants ($40,000 each) to 25 historic and culturally significant restaurants in the United States. This program seeks to assist a broad array of restaurants that have contributed to their neighborhood’s history and identity and that help tell a diverse story about cuisine and community in America.

Grant Selection Criteria for Eligible U.S. Small Restaurants:
  • Is a small/independently owned restaurant located in a historic or older building or neighborhood.
  • Contributes to the history and/or identity of its surrounding community or neighborhood.
  • Tells an inclusive story about cuisine and community in America (such as historic or ethnic food ways or culinary heritage).
  • Has a compelling and inspiring historical narrative or cultural significance.
  • Has been disproportionately impacted by economic challenges, disasters, or other hardships.

For more information on the program visit Backing Historic Small Restaurants.
For answers to frequently asked questions visit Backing Historic Small Restaurants FAQ.