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Historic indies can score $40K grants

A grant program from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation will help 25 small, independent restaurants that have been in business more than 25 years.
Neir's Tavern
Photo courtesy: Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant Program

Historic independent restaurants are eligible for $40,000 grants, part of the second year of such awards from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the groups announced Monday.

Twenty-five small restaurants that have been in business more than 25 years and operate in historic buildings or neighborhoods will be awarded grants under the Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant Program. The program targets restaurants “that have contributed to their neighborhood’s unique history as they manage ongoing challenges because of the pandemic,” according to a news release.

The first round of grants launched in February 2021.

“Historic restaurants have long been some of the most important establishments in our communities,” said Jennifer Skyler, chief corporate affairs officer at American Express, in a statement. “They are places where families and friends gather, build relationships, share meals and celebrate. While their future looks bright, many of these restaurants are still carrying the weight of the pandemic, and we are here to support them through this next phase of recovery.”

Neir’s Tavern in Queens, N.Y., which was awarded one of the grants last year, said the money paid for outdoor renovations, including new signage, awnings, tables and chairs.

“Learning that we were a recipient of a Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant during this bleak time gave us hope, and played a big role in our pandemic recovery,” the restaurant said in a statement.

Eligible restaurants can apply for the grant program here. Customers of historic restaurants can also nominate their favorite establishments.

Applications and nominations will be accepted through April 4.

 

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