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23 Oct

The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership – Extraordinary Women

  Grant Amount: $2,000


The Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership is accepting applications to the Extraordinary Women micro-grant program.
Goals of the Route 66 Extraordinary Women Micro-Grant program include:
  • Keeping women owned or operated Route 66 businesses and attractions in operation.
  • Helping women owned or operated Route 66 businesses and attractions reopen.
  • Preserving, restoring, and/or expanding women owned or operated Route 66 businesses and attractions, per Secretary of the Interior Standards
  • Helping open new, women owned or operated Route 66 businesses and attractions.
Eligible Activities
Businesses and attractions that are eligible to apply include:
Business/Organization Improvement/Sustainability
  • Purchase of equipment or furnishings.
  • Materials and services such as printing, photographs, telephone, and supplies.
  • For non-profit organizations, organizational capacity building activities such as hiring fundraising consultants, conducting board training, etc.
  • Development of promotional materials (either physical or virtual).
  • Updates to websites for better operations and communications.
  • Mailing costs for distribution of materials or merchandise.
Historic Preservation Planning/Work
  • Fees for consultant services (such as architect, preservation architect, contractor, consultant to produce a business plan or marketing plan, web or app designer, landscaper or landscape architect, etc.)
  • Building, construction, repair, or maintenance activities (work needs to meet preservation standards and/or maintain the historic integrity of the building).
  • Public-facing improvements to the business or attraction, including, but not limited to: murals, awnings, lighting, signage upgrades, painting or cleaning of interior or exterior, creation of indoor or outdoor seating areas, etc.
Telling the Story
  • Acquisition of objects designed for public display, and that relate to the history/heritage of the property.
  • Fees for speakers or trainings.
  • Partnering with local artists for a community event or mural .
  • General support for community meetings and gatherings, such as sponsoring a community gathering or community educational event to celebrate a historical or cultural moment that is meaningful to the neighborhood. Can include costs for catering, food & beverage, entertainment at these gatherings or meetings.
Accessibility/Community Outreach
  • Enhancing a building or space to align it with ADA accessibility standards.
  • Language translation of menus, websites, or other materials to be more inclusive and accessible to diverse local customers and audiences.
  • Innovations to improve sustainability of a building or attraction, such as reducing energy consumption or food waste.
A match is encouraged, but not required.


Businesses and attractions that are eligible to apply include those that:

Are wholly or majority (at least 51%) women-owned or women-operated.

Are physically located on a Route 66 alignment (i.e., a “brick-and-mortar” location) and/or operate in a Route 66 neighborhood or community.

Employ fewer than 20 full-time employees (including the company owners).

Are a registered business entity in good standing in the state where they were formed and the state in which they do business.

Independently travel the road, serving other businesses/attractions along Route 66, including, for example: small tour operators, suppliers with Route 66 as their sales region, etc.
Small, locally owned franchises with 5 or less locations.


  • Arts and Humanities
  • Other / Miscellaneous