American Express renews grant scheme to support Sydney restaurants


American Express has announced the return of its Backing International Small Restaurants grant program in partnership with the International Downtown Association Foundation and the support of Restaurant & Catering Australia.

The program aims to support small independent restaurants with community significance, as they navigate the challenges of the current economic climate. Additional consideration will be given to restaurants operated by underrepresented and/or economically vulnerable members of the community.

“Many small restaurants that are pillars of their local community are doing it tough right now and need extra support. This program aims to help alleviate some of the financial pressure they’re facing so that they can continue to do what they do best – deliver extraordinary food and experiences for their customers,” says Naysla Edwards, Vice President of Brand, Marketing and Member Experience for American Express Australia and New Zealand.

Six Sydney restaurants will each receive $21,000 in grant funding to invest in the ongoing success of their business. Applications close 8 July 2023.

“This will provide much-needed financial relief to restaurant businesses across Sydney. We are proud to support a program that contributes to the ongoing prosperity of restaurant businesses and recognises the vital contribution they bring to the vibrancy and appeal of Sydney,” says Suresh Manickam, CEO of Restaurant & Catering Australia.

This is the second consecutive year Backing International Small Restaurants has run in Sydney. Sydney is one of five major cities involved, including Mexico City, London, Tokyo and Toronto. To date, American Express has provided grants to more than 100 restaurants globally through this program and its United States Backing Historic Small Restaurants program.

To learn more about Backing International Small Restaurants, including eligibility and to apply, visit

Source: Bean Scene Mag

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