Grant Details

Partners for Sacred Places - National Fund for Sacred Places

  • Religion Related, Spiritual Development
  • Guam
  • Puerto Rico
  • Virgin Islands
  • Nationwide
Maximum Grant Amount
February 29, 2024

Partners for Sacred Places will begin accepting letters of intent to the National Fund for Sacred Places on January 9.

The program funds historic preservation projects addressing urgent repair needs and/or life safety. It also funds projects that increase congregations’ ability to open their buildings to new populations or to serve greater numbers of people. All projects must adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, which is a universally accepted framework for doing work to older and historic properties.

They prioritize congregations/projects where there is a demonstrated need (meaning that the congregation cannot raise the funds alone) or where it is clear that our grant will have a catalytic effect (meaning that the grant is likely to lead to additional monies being contributed to the project).

They encourage submissions related to historic sacred places of importance to historically and contemporaneously underrepresented communities including, but not limited to, women, immigrants, Asian Americans, Black Americans, Latinx Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and LGBTQIA communities.

The Fund is particularly interested in applicants from the following locations where they have not previously funded projects: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, U.S. Territories, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Eligibility and Match
1. The property must be located within the United States or its territories.

2. The property must have been originally built to be a house of worship, and must be owned by an active community of faith.

3. The congregation must be at least 3 years old.

4. The applicant must be a religious congregation or closely affiliated nonprofit organization.

5. The property must possess historical, cultural, or architectural value and/or be listed on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. They do not ask for any official documentation of historic or cultural significance. Please refer to the National Register criteria for significance to determine which criteria apply to your congregation.

6. The property must be occupied by a congregation that is community-minded and that serves nonmembers. Congregations that share space and partner with other nonprofit organizations are prioritized.

7. The property must have urgent repair needs related to structural components, walls, roofs, and/or other elements of the building envelope that are integral to life safety. Projects that improve the ADA accessibility of the property or projects that make vacant or underutilized space more suitable for community use are also eligible.

8. Anticipated capital projects must respect the property’s historic character and materials, and must adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

9. The congregation must demonstrate a need for project funds that exceeds the congregation’s typical donor base and membership.

10. The applicant must exhibit several signs of positive organizational health, including, but not limited to:
Senior clergy (and/or lay leadership) is established in tenure; consensus around project goals; commitment to retaining and caring for the historic property; stable or growing membership; established partnerships with external entities; financial strength and stability; and if applicable, positive and supportive relationship with regional denominational offices.

11. The congregation must work with Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation prior to disbursement of the capital grant to ensure that all program requirements have been met.
Recipients are required to: develop a comprehensive scope of work described by permit-ready construction documents with cost estimates produced by an experienced, qualified building professional or team of professionals, typically including architects; develop a realistic budget and timeline for completing the work; and develop a realistic fundraising plan.

12. Grants of $50,000 to $100,000 require a 1:1 match. Grants of $100,001 to $250,000 require a 2:1 match.
One-quarter of the required matching funds must be raised or pledged before any portion of the grant can be disbursed. Funds that have been pledged before entry into the program cannot count toward the required match.

2024 Deadlines
Letter of intent is due by February 29
Invited applications will be due in June 2024

Grant information was last reviewed by our staff on 11/14/2023

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