American Express


AMEXAmerican Express supports the National Trust and local preservation efforts across the country.

In 2006, the National Trust and American Express announced Partners in Preservation, a five year, $5.5 million brick and mortar grant program aimed at increasing increase public awareness of historic preservation and saving important historic and cultural landmarks.

In 2011, American Express extended the program with an additional $10 million in funding. The next city to benefit from Partners in Preservation will be announced in the Spring of 2012.

How does it work?
Winners of Partners in Preservation programs compete for a total of $1 million in preservation grants. Through online outreach, the public is invited to vote for the places they would like to see receive funding and to share personal stories and photos of each site in the competition. Each person can vote once daily throughout the competition. The winner of the public vote is guaranteed a grant for a specific preservation project.

How will the rest of the grant recipients be decided?
American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a special advisory committee made up of local, civic and preservation leaders review public votes along with each site's monetary and preservation needs to determine how the rest of the $1 million in preservation grants will be awarded. This announcement is made at a later date.

What cities has this program been to?
American Express supported preservation projects in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, and the Twin Cities.

“This grant represents a continued commitment to ensuring that important historic places across the country are kept open and accessible to community members and visitors,” said Kenneth Chenault, American Express chairman and CEO. “Bringing the community together and helping to preserve and raise visibility for these wonderful historic sites is what Partners in Preservation is all about. This additional commitment will allow the program to benefit even more cities across the country.”
Timothy J McClimon – President, American Express Foundation

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