American Express Canada expands its grant program for small restaurants in Montreal

To the point With its "Backing International Small Restaurants" program, American Express Canada supports small restaurants in Montreal.

In Montreal and Toronto, 20 grants of CAD 19,500 each will be offered to these select establishments, according to a press release from American Express Canada.

American Express - Grants to help restaurants expand

The goal of this initiative, in partnership with the International Downtown Association (IDA) Foundation, is to help these restaurants “grow, prosper and continue to play a vital role in enriching the cultural fabric” of local communities, said Kerri-Ann Santaguida, Vice President and General Manager of Merchant Services for American Express Canada.

The “Backing International Small restaurants” program has contributed over CAD 200,000 to Toronto’s small restaurants over the past two years.


American Express - Financial support for small restaurants worldwide

On a global level, American Express reported that this program “will more than double annual grant funding to USD 955,000, up from USD 435,000 in previous years”.

Since 2022, USD 810, 000 have been paid out to more than 70 restaurants around the world, including London, Mexico City and Tokyo, according to American Express.

For its part, the International Downtown Association (IDA) Foundation said it was delighted to be working with American Express once again to “stimulate the long-term sustainability of culturally important and independent restaurants”. Nine new cities will be added to the program.

American Express developed this program after the success of “Backing Historic Small Restaurants” in the United States.

Restaurant owners interested in this grant are invited to learn more about eligibility online at

The deadline for grant applications is May 30, 2024.


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