Sacred Sites Program

Grants for Sacred Sites

Grants and Grant Criteria

Conservancy awards 17 Matching Grants totaling $279,500
Conservancy awards 17 Matching Grants totaling $279,500
Conservancy Interns Survey Historic Houses of Worship in Brooklyn
Conservancy Interns Survey Historic Houses of Worship in Brooklyn
-Olivia Needham, Molly Rockhold, and Gwen Stegall
Conservancy Awards $178,500 to 16 Religious Sites
Conservancy Awards $178,500 to 16 Religious Sites
-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, NY
Conservancy Awards $260,000 to 19 Religious Sites
Conservancy Awards $260,000 to 19 Religious Sites
-Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Conservancy Awards $268,000 to 14 Religious Sites
Conservancy Awards $268,000 to 14 Religious Sites
Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Upper West Side, Gustave Steinback, 1917-1921 Façade Masonry and Slate Roof Restoration
Astoria Center of Israel, Astoria, Queens
Astoria Center of Israel, Astoria, Queens
-Before Construction
Two Grants Help Synagogue With Roof Restoration
Two Grants Help Synagogue With Roof Restoration
-Hebrew Tabernacle Synagogue
Bedford Park Congregational Church - A Sacred Sites Success Story
Bedford Park Congregational Church - A Sacred Sites Success Story
-Before
Saved from Demolition, St. Brigid’s is Rededicated
Saved from Demolition, St. Brigid’s is Rededicated

Recent Grant Awards

2016
2015
2014

Sacred Sites Grant Requirements
Sacred Sites Challenge Grant Requirements
Jewish Heritage Fund Grant Requirements (New York City only)
Consulting Grant Requirements (New York City only)

Application Process

The Sacred Sites Program assists religious organizations with two statewide matching grant programs: Sacred Sites Grants and Sacred Sites Challenge grants. Congregations located in New York City are additionally eligible for our third grant program: Consulting Grants. Historic synagogues located in New York City’s five boroughs are eligible for our fourth grant program: Jewish Heritage Fund Grants.

The Program was launched in 1986 and is the only statewide nonprofit program in the nation responding to the preservation needs of historic religious properties. Since its inception, Sacred Sites has awarded over 1,300 grants totaling more than $9.9 million to 760 congregations throughout New York State, regardless of denomination. These grants have leveraged restoration projects totaling more than $620 million.

The two Challenge Grant programs and Sacred Sites Grants programs are offered twice a year in January and June. (Click on the links above for eligibility information, and the links to the right to download application PDFs.) In 2016, we awarded $280,000 in Sacred Sites Challenge grants, $125,000 in Jewish Heritage Fund challenge grants, $143,000 in Sacred Sites grants and $69,150 in Consulting Grants.

In 2016 grants averaged $7,150. Our Consulting Grant Maximum is $7,500, and the average grant pledge in 2016 was about $6,300. For our two challenge grant programs, the average Jewish Heritage Fund pledge was $42,000, and for the Sacred Sites Challenge the average pledge was about $28,000.

Jewish Heritage Fund

The Conservancy’s Sacred Sites grants are awarded to historic religious institutions of all faiths. In 2007-2010, the Conservancy’s city-wide survey of historic synagogues found that many landmark-quality synagogues were little known, not landmarked, with spectacular art and architecture and substantial deferred maintenance. The survey established the need for a special challenge grant fund for these cultural landmarks. The fund, launched in 2009, underwrites National Register listing, as well as challenge grants for major synagogue restoration projects. With initial support from Roy Zuckerberg Family Foundation and early and ongoing support from the David Berg Foundation, the Conservancy has awarded 18 Jewish Heritage Fund challenge grants of $25,000 to $50,000, to 17 congregations. These challenge grants, totaling $620,000 to date, have helped fund over $6 million in critical restoration work: new copper and slate roofs; structural repairs; and façade restoration. Additional support of the Jewish Heritage Fund has been received from the Arlene and Arnold Goldstein Family Foundation, the JM Kaplan Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lauder, Dr. Bonnie Menes Kahn, Mr. and Mrs. Gedale Horowitz, the Michel David-Weill Foundation and an anonymous foundation.

Program Staff

Since 2011 the Conservancy, along with our local partners throughout the state, has sponsored the Sacred Sites Open House. For more information, please click here.

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Recent Projects

Grant from Gardiner Foundation Supports Sacred Sites
Conservancy awards 17 Matching Grants totaling $279,500
Conservancy Interns Survey Historic Houses of Worship in Brooklyn
Conservancy Awards $178,500 to 16 Religious Sites
Conservancy Awards $260,000 to 19 Religious Sites
Conservancy Awards $268,000 to 14 Religious Sites
Sacred Sites Turns 30 - Let’s All Celebrate
Astoria Center of Israel, Astoria, Queens
Conservancy Awards $252,500 in 15 Sacred Sites Grants
Conservancy Awards $240,000 in 23 Grants for Sacred Sites
Two Grants Help Synagogue With Roof Restoration
Anonymous Donation Extends Sacred Sites Challenge Grant Program
Conservancy Awards 25 Sacred Sites Grants
Summer Outside the City – Sacred Sites Upstate
Conservancy Awards over $300,000 in 22 Grants for Sacred Sites
Bedford Park Congregational Church - A Sacred Sites Success Story
Conservancy Awards 13 Sacred Sites Grants
Congregational Assets Roundtable
Conservancy Awards 23 Sacred Sites Grants
Saved from Demolition, St. Brigid’s is Rededicated
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Congregation Tifereth Israel - Corona, Queens
Conservancy Awards 23 Sacred Sites Grants
A Conservancy Matchmaking Tale
Conservancy hosts panel at National Trust Conference in Buffalo
Rugged Cross Baptist Church
Church of the Most Precious Blood
Video Highlights Conservancy Efforts in Buffalo