The nearly $35 million in loans and grants we have awarded through the years make the Conservancy one of the largest, most productive, and most recognized preservation groups in the country. Our funding has been accompanied by countless hours of hands-on technical consulting, revitalizing neighborhoods, and preserving the character of our City for future generations.
One of the very few programs of its kind, the award-winning Sacred Sites Program is celebrating its 30th year of providing financial and technical assistance for the maintenance, repair, and restoration of religious properties of all denominations throughout New York State.
The City Ventures Fund works with non-profit developers to retain the period details of non-landmark but architecturally significant buildings being converted to affordable housing and other services that benefit lower income communities.
The Conservancy’s Emergency Grant Program comes to the rescue when an immediate hazard threatens a landmark building. The program directs its resources toward immediately needed work on historic properties owned by non-profit organizations. Its intention is to address discrete exterior building problems that have recently arisen, such as new leaks, fire damage, and falling masonry. Since 1999, the program has underwritten over $500,000 in grants.
A program capitalized by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by the Conservancy, the EZ (Empowerment Zone) Grants Program provides grant funding (of up to $50,000 per project) for professional services and capital restoration costs for preserving religious properties of architectural, historic, and cultural merit in Upper Manhattan.