Partner Program: Apply for the National Fund for Sacred Places

Courtesy Temple Beth Ahabah, Richmond, Virginia

Historic houses of worship, from prairie churches to urban synagogues, are the bedrocks that continue to sustain us as a people, uniting us in service and celebration. Together, we can protect them for generations to come—apply for a grant from the National Fund for Sacred Places to keep these places as an important part of our national cultural heritage.

The National Fund provides training, planning grants, technical assistance, capacity-building support, and capital grants up to $250,000 to congregations of all faiths for rehabilitation work on their historic facilities.

Congregations are urged to submit their letter of intent by March 15 for the Fund for Sacred Places for projects such as:

  • Urgent repair needs that are integral to life safety.
  • Projects that improve the usability or ADA accessibility of the property.
  • Renovation projects for important community outreach.

In the four years of this program, 52 houses of worship from an Art Deco gem in Asheville, NC to a Modern sanctuary in New York City have received more than $10 million in funding supporting projects that range from steeple stabilization to exterior masonry repair to HVAC replacement. Learn about past participants Temple Beth Ahabah (Richmond, VA) and North Christian Church (Columbus, IN), as well as the full list of the 2020 recipients.

Visit for more details, including eligibility requirements, guidelines, and online application.

The National Fund for Sacred Places is a program of Partners for Sacred Places in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Published: 2-10-21