Sacred Sites Program

Grants for Sacred Sites

Conservancy Awards 16 Grants totaling $241,000
Conservancy Awards 16 Grants totaling $241,000
-St. Joan of Arc Church, Jackson Heights Historic District, Queens Lehman & Murphy 1928; W.A. Schlusing & E. Steinback 1941-1951
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
-Broadway Presbyterian Church, Morningside Heights Historic District
Conservancy awards 17 Matching Grants totaling $279,500
Conservancy awards 17 Matching Grants totaling $279,500

Recent Grant Awards

2017
2016
2015

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to underwrite 2018 Conservancy Sacred Sites Grants on Long Island.

The NYLC Sacred Sites Program provides congregations with matching grants for planning and implementing exterior restoration projects, technical assistance, and workshops. Since 1986, the program has pledged over 1,400 grants totaling more than $13.1 million to almost 800 religious institutions statewide. Grants are awarded to assist with projects such as conditions surveys, architectural and engineering fees, roof replacements, masonry restoration, stained-glass restoration, and structural repairs. Priority will be given to essential repairs to the primary worship building. Grants are not available for pipe organ restoration, interior renovation, mechanical upgrades, or routine maintenance, including repainting.

Since 2011 the Conservancy, along with our local partners throughout the state, has sponsored the Sacred Sites Open House.

Program Eligibility: All active religious institutions located in New York State, with a sanctuary building that is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places OR listed as locally designated landmarks, are eligible to apply for our Sacred Sites Matching Grants. Grant awards range from $1,000 to $70,000, but generally fund about 20 percent of a project’s cost.

Process and Timeline: We encourage interested applicants to speak with Sacred Sites Staff before submitting an application. We have two application deadlines per year, January 15 and June 1, with grants pledged approximately four months later. If the site is located in New York City, we accept applications for planning costs on a rolling basis. Please call us for more information, 212-995-5260.

Projects are ineligible if a contract or work agreement has been signed, or if the project has been started, prior to the application deadline.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is a private non-profit organization.

Funding Details: More detailed information about our grant application process.

Program Staff

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Recent Projects

Conservancy Awards 16 Grants totaling $241,000
Conservancy Grants Mend Buildings, Build Community
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