Old churches are beautiful and charming places to visit. Unfortunately, maintenance on an old building is costly. Churches often operate on a tight budget with most funds raised by local parishioners. However, there are grant options for churches to access money to fund restoration projects.
The Marion Steadman Covington Foundation
The Marion Steadman Covington Foundation was created 1986 in honour of Marion Steadman Covington, a native of Greensborough, North Carolina. The foundation makes grant money available to federally tax-exempt, non-profit organisations in North Carolina to fund restoration projects. Although grants from this foundation are not limited to churches, St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Lincolnton, North Carolina, received a £3,250 grant to cover the costs putting in gutters that were in keeping with the church's time period.
Marion Steadman Covington Foundation Grants Coordinator P.O. Box 23904 Greenborough, NC 27429 (336) 282-0480
Robert W. Wilson Sacred Sites Challenge
The Robert W. Wilson Sacred Sites Challenge offers fund matching to help restore and repair historical churches in the state of New York. The matching grants are between £16,250 and £32,500.
Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust 520 83rd St. Brooklyn, NY 11209
National Trust Preservation Fund
The National Trust Preservation Fund makes two types of grants available to non-profit organisations. The first is matching grants in amounts ranging from £325 to £3,250 for preservation planning. The second is also matching but for preservation emergencies. The funding is not exclusively for church restoration, but churches are eligible.
National Trust Preservation 1785 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 588-6197 nationaltrust.org
The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation
The Johanna Favrot Fund offers grants to non-profit organisations and public agencies. The amounts range from £1,625 to £6,500 for projects that preserve or recapture the authentic sense of historical place. The funds may be used for professional advice and educational workshops, as well as restoration works.
National Trust for Historic Preservation Northeast Regional Office 7 Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston, MA 02109 (617) 523-0885
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors makes grant money available for non-profit organisations. The funds range form £1,625 to £6,500 for the restoration or preservation of historic interiors. Some for-profit businesses may apply as long at the project funds are going to the preservation of a historical landmark.
National Trust for Historic Preservation 1785 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 588-6197
Save America's Treasures Foundation
Save America's Treasures Foundation is a partnership between public and private institutions. Their goal is to raise funds for the preservation of America's historical treasures. Only non-profit, federally tax-exempt institutions are eligible. Grant money is awarded on a dollar-for-dollar matching scheme with a minimum grant of £16,250.
Save America's Treasures Foundation (202) 588-6012 saveamericastreasures.org
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