Helping Historic Places Thrive

American Express has deep roots in the travel services industry, stretching all the way back to World War I. That’s why we feel so connected to historic sites around the world. We understand the cultural and economic value they bring to communities. We are committed to backing the continuing stewardship of these sites to ensure they can be experienced and enjoyed by you and generations to come.  









We support projects that help communities preserve or rediscover major historic landmarks and public spaces, providing sustainable, ongoing access to the public, now and in the future. Our emphasis is on sites that represent diverse cultures and engage the public in unique ways.

Since 1974, we have contributed over $65 million to preserve more than 525 iconic historic sites, from The Temple of Hercules in Rome to the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. 

Saving the world’s most treasured places

We are the founding sponsor of World Monuments Watch, which draws attention to cultural heritage sites around the world threatened by neglect, vandalism, armed conflict, commercial development, natural disasters and climate change. In its over 50 years of vital action, World Monuments Fund has orchestrated over 600 projects in 90 countries.

Restoring America's historic landmarks and communities

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring America's historic landmarks and communities. More than a decade ago, we joined forces with the National Trust to form Partners in Preservation. This initiative helps preserve historic sites in the United States both directly and by inspiring local citizens to get involved with the historic places at the heart of their communities. 

Since 2006 we have committed more than $20 million to the effort, supporting close to 200 historic sites in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, the Twin Cities, New York and Washington, DC. Even more significant, we have engaged more than a million of you in the effort. Our latest effort was Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, a community-based campaign to raise awareness about the importance of preserving historic sites in America's Main Street districts.

Grant Criteria:

Applications for Historic Preservation grants are accepted by invitation only. The projects we support embrace the preservation, restoration or sustainability of historic places and demonstrate their significance to the community through one or more of the following:

  • Restoring historic places to ensure ongoing public access and engagement.
  • Preserving historic places for innovative or adaptive use.
  • Sustaining historic places by creating systems to manage increased visitor activities and environmental impacts.

To read about recent grants, click here.

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