Attention Congregation Leaders: Each year the National Fund for Sacred Places (NFSP) supports historic houses of worship across America with capital grants ranging up to $250,000, plus various forms of technical assistance to support congregations in planning successful building projects and conducting major capital fundraising campaigns. NFSP is currently accepting online Letters of Intent for this year’s funding cycle through May 1.
NFSP is a grant-making program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Fund is guided by an Advisory Committee, bringing together faith leaders, architects, and philanthropists from across the country to inform the grant-making process. Through this partnership, roughly 50 houses of worship will be awarded $10 million over 4 years beginning in 2016. The National Fund is made possible by generous financial support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., with additional support in 2019 from the Gerry Charitable Trust.
Each year, the group of 14-16 congregations that is selected to participate in the National Fund program will receive training, planning grants, and pro-bono consulting services to make sure projects are well-planned and capital campaigns are successful. They will also receivecapital grants for brick-and-mortar projects in the range of $50,000 – $250,000 intended to leverage matching funds and broader community support.
NFSP staff team and Advisory Committee assess applicants according to five core criteria, while building a diverse participant group that reflects our country’s broad range of geographic, cultural, and religious identities.
Learn about selection criteria, and apply online: