Main Street America is partnering up with American Express to launch a new grant program for small historic restaurants.

The Backing Historic Small Restaurants grant is meant to support restaurants that have stood the test of time and served their communities for decades, but need an extra hand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The partnership will be awarding $1 million in grants to 25 historic and culturally significant restaurants across the country to help them improve, upgrade, and preserve their buildings and promote themselves online.

The program will have a preference for restaurants that are owned and operated by underrepresented groups, including People of Color and women, who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Businesses must also have been operating for at least 25 years and located in a historic building or neighborhood.

Click HERE or more information.

You have until midnight on March 9 to apply. Winners will be announced in May.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of

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