American Express Grant Programme for Small Restaurants

Apply now for £11,000 to invest in your business

Application Deadline: 5am, 31st May 2024
Apply here.

American Express is running its international grant scheme for independent restaurants for a third year. Restaurants across Greater London and Greater Manchester are invited to apply.

A total of 20 eligible restaurants of community significance across both Manchester and London will each receive a grant of £11,000 to enhance their business operations and the experience for diners in the months ahead. The IDA Foundation and the Association of Town and City Management are working together to distribute the funds to great businesses.

What the Grant is For
The grant must be used towards critical business needs that support the restaurant for long-term business sustainability. Potential uses could include critical improvements needed to sustain the business operations such as enhancing digital capabilities, building outdoor dining spaces, purchasing new equipment and making other physical improvements.

Who Can Apply
The grant programme is focused on venues owned or operated by underrepresented or economically vulnerable members of the community. This might include those experiencing hardship, women, people of colour, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, etc.

Further Information
Make sure you double check the eligibility criteria before you submit your application. FAQs are available here. The Terms and Conditions are available here. Once you are sure that you meet the eligibility criteria, fill out the application form here.

For any other questions, please contact Cathy Lin of the IDA Foundation, at, or call or message IDA Foundation via Whatsapp at +1 (202) 656-5541.

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