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Am I Eligible?
What We Offer
Application Deadlines & Process
Applications for the National Fund for Sacred Places are accepted annually. Typically, 12-15 congregations that meet all of the eligibility requirements and exemplify the core criteria are awarded entry into the program in October. All application submission steps take place through our online grants management system, Foundant.
Letter of Intent Launched
January 11, 2023
Letters of Intent through the Foundant grant system will be accepted from any eligible congregation.
Letters of Intent due February 24, 2023 at 11:59PM EST
Full Application Notifications
After careful review, a select number of congregations will be invited to complete a full application through the Foundant grant system. Full applications will be due in July.
We are particularly interested in applicants from the following locations where we have not previously funded projects: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, U.S. Territories, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
There is a three-step process to receive a capital grant from the National Fund for Sacred Places program:
1. Letter of Intent (LOI): A preliminary indication of interest and capacity. The LOI should address the National Fund’s core criteria: historic, cultural, or architectural significance; community-serving congregations; project scope and need; readiness; healthy congregations; and strong applications. The deadline for 2023 LOIs is February 24.
2. Application: After review of the LOIs, a limited number of congregations will be invited to submit a full application in May 2023. The application should detail congregational traits, leadership, programming, and the proposed capital repair project. Full applications are due July 2023.
3. Capital Grant Submission: If a congregation is accepted into the National Fund program, a required period of consultation and technical assistance led by Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust will be initiated. Congregations that successfully complete the consultation and technical assistance will be invited to complete a Capital Grant Submission form. Successful submissions will provide permit-ready documentation describing the scope of work supported by the National Fund and documentation that one-quarter of the matching funds have been raised or pledged. After the submission has been approved by our review team, the first half of the award is disbursed, and work may begin on the National Fund project. The final half of the grant award is released once the project is completed and the finished work has been reviewed by the National Fund team.
Letter of Intent
Preliminary Site Visit
Planning Grant Submission (optional)
Planning Grant Disbursement (if applied)
Capital Grant Request
Consult with National Fund Staff on Progress of Project
Capital Grant Submission
Capital Grant Agreement
First 50% of Funds Disbursed
Matching Funds 100% Raised
Final Report Submission
Final Site Visit
Final Disbursement of Grant Funds
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Frequently Asked Questions
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