Lilly Endowment Awards $15 Million to National Fund for Sacred Places

Lilly Endowment Awards $15 Million to National Fund for Sacred Places

Philadelphia-based Partners for Sacred Places has announced a $15 million grant from the Lilly Endowment in support of its efforts to preserve historic places of worship in the United States.

The National Fund for Sacred Places, a partnership between the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Partners for Sacred Places, provides planning grants, training and technical assistance, coaching, and capital grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 to help preserve significant components of America's religious and cultural landscape. The latest funding from the endowment will boost the fund's capacity to award capital grants and other types of support to community-serving congregations representing more than a dozen faith traditions in twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia.

According to Partners for Sacred Places, support from the National Fund, which was launched in 2016 with nearly $14 million in grants from the Lilly Endowment, has helped congregations leverage more than $9.5 million in additional funding for major capital campaigns.

"We are delighted to continue our work with the Partners for Sacred Places and Lilly Endowment [to preserve] sacred places across the United States," said National Trust president and CEO Paul Edmondson. "These historic places, from prairie churches to urban cathedrals and synagogues, are some of the oldest and most beautiful buildings within our communities, as well as being centers of service, gathering, and celebration. Through the Fund for Sacred Places we will continue to protect and preserve them for future generations."

"Lilly Endowment Makes New Grants to Save Historic Churches." Partners for Sacred Places Press Release 08/07/2019.