New Grants Available: AAPISTRONG
Helping Underrepresented Small Businesses Thrive
As small businesses continue to feel the impact of the pandemic, many still need support to 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 program called Inclusive Backing. As part of American Express’ Backing Small initiative, the program will provide hundreds of underrepresented small businesses with financial support as well as other resources to address their critical needs and challenges.
Together with our corporate partners, National ACE is offering two new grant opportunities for AAPI-owned businesses:
As part of the first cycle of grants, National ACE Foundation is partnering with American Express and Main Street America to award $5,000 grants 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. This program will provide grants to small business owners who identify as Asian, Asian American and/or Pacific Islander. Applications will open Nov. 18 at 9am CT.
Membership in the National Main Street Center is not required to be eligible for the Program. Find additional eligibility requirements and other details below.
How to Apply
You can preview the application here. Please note that applications will only be accepted through the application portal once it opens on Nov. 18.
Application Opens: November 18, 2021 at 9am CT
Application Closes: November 29, 2021 at 11:59pm CT
All applicants notified via email in mid-January 2022