Inclusive Grants for Small Businesses

As small businesses continue to feel the impact of the pandemic, many still need support keep their doors open.
To back underrepresented small business owners as they navigate the pandemic and plan for long-term success and resilience, American Express is partnering with Main Street America to launch a $1.65M year-round grant program called Inclusive Backing.

More than 250 grants of $5,000 each will be awarded in four cycles over 12 months to small business owners in older or historic commercial districts across the country, with priority given to businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
In partnership with Disability:IN and National ACE Foundation, the first grant cycle will provide grants to both small business owners with disabilities and/or those who identify as Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander. Applications open November 18!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply? 
Applications for the first grant cycle will open at 9am CT on Thursday, November 18 and close at 11:59pm CT on Monday,November 29. You can find a preview of the application here.

What types of businesses are eligible for the first grant cycle?
The first grant cycle will provide grants to small business owners with disabilities and those who identify as Asian American and/or Pacific Islander. Learn more about the types of businesses and grant expenses that are eligible on our website.

Can I apply for a future grant cycle?
Future grant cycles will be announced in early 2022.

Have additional questions?
Check out our webpage and review additional grant FAQs. Contact or call 312-610-5613 and leave a voicemail if you have any other questions.