Sacred Sites Grant Criteria
Applications for Sacred Sites grants must be postmarked by January 15th or June 1st, or the next following business day if those dates fall on Sundays or holidays. Awards are issued approximately five months later.
Sacred Sites grants provide congregations with financial aid for exterior restoration projects.
To be eligible for a Sacred Sites Program grant, properties must be:
- Located in New York State.
- Owned by a religious institution and actively used for worship.
- Listed, either individually, or as a contributing component of a historic district, on the State or National Register of Historic Places, or designated pursuant to a local landmarks ordinance certified by New York State.
Priority will be given to essential repairs to the primary worship building. Highest consideration is given to projects such as roofing and drainage system repairs, masonry repointing and restoration, structural repairs, and stained glass window repair and restoration. The Sacred Sites Fund also provides grants for professional services, including conditions surveys, plans and specifications, project management, engineering reports, stained glass surveys, and laboratory testing of materials and finishes. Sacred Sites grants may be considered for barrier-free access construction, if it is done in conjunction with a larger preservation project. Grants cannot be used for pipe organ restoration, interior work, mechanical upgrades, or routine maintenance.
Grants will not be considered for work that is in contract, has been started, or completed at the time of the application.
For sites within New York City which are seeking funding for architectural, engineering, or other consulting-professional fees, please see our Consulting Grant Criteria.
The maximum grant amount for the Sacred Sites Fund is $10,000. In 2016, grants averaged about $7,150.
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