National Trust for Sacred Places Grants Available for Preservation Projects - Deadline May 1!

April 26, 2017

With aging churches throughout the nation facing decay and physical distress, last November Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announce an unprecedented $14 million National Fund for Sacred Places to assist churches in need of repair and restoration. The National Fund provides up to $250,000 each in capital grants, in addition to planning grants and an array of services, to congregations from a diversity of faiths.
Applications are due on May 1 for the second funding cohort of the National Fund. Details about the application process, eligibility requirements, and selection criteria are available by visiting
The National Fund for Sacred Places is a collaboration that builds on Partners for Sacred Places’ decades of work helping churches use best stewardship practices with their historic facilities in order to strengthen, serve and celebrate their communities for the common good. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is the nation’s leading preservation organization with more than 60 years of advocacy and grant-making to preserve America’s diverse history.

•  The Fund was launched with two grants totaling nearly $14 million from the Indiana-based Lilly Endowment Inc. Through this initiative, $10 million will be disbursed over four years for capital improvements, with the remainder used for planning, technical assistance, coaching and program oversight.
•   The first group of awardees, including Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church in Chicago, was announced late last year.
“As the first African American church in Chicago, we are recognized in the community as the mother church of African American Christianity here,” says Reverend James M. Moody, pastor of Quinn Chapel. “We host community meetings, public meetings on civic issues, political meetings and candidates. Susan B. Anthony, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, and President McKinley all spoke here in the 1800s, and in more modern times, Barack Obama opened his Senate campaign here. We are nearly as old as Chicago and we need to preserve the building for the next 100 years. This will allow us to begin that important work.”

2016-17 Awardees:

Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ (Waldoboro, ME)
Basilica of St. Josaphat (Milwaukee, WI)
Christ Church (Philadelphia, PA)
Christ Church Lutheran (Minneapolis, MN)
Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church (San Antonio, TX)
First Christian Reformed Church (Grand Rapids, MI)
First Church of Christ (also known as Center Church; Hartford, CT)
Kadesh A.M.E. Zion Church (Edenton, NC)
Mokuaikaua Church (Kailua-Kona, HI)
North Christian Church (Columbus, IN)
Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church (Chicago, IL)
Trinity United Methodist Church (Idaho Falls, ID)
Trinity-St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (San Francisco, CA)
Urban Grace (Tacoma, WA)
About Partners for Sacred Places

Partners for Sacred Places is the only national, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to the sound stewardship and active community use of America’s older religious properties.
About The National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately-funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.
For more information contact:

Chad Martin
Partners for Sacred Places
215-567-3234, x19 (office)
717-669-7372 (mobile)