The New York Landmarks Conservancy has been awarded a third $50,000 grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to underwrite 2020 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 1,519 grants totaling more than $11.5 million to 815 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.

Grant Eligibility Criteria

Please read this detailed information about our grant application process before contacting us.

Process and Timeline: We encourage interested applicants to speak with Sacred Sites Staff before submitting an application.  Email is the only way to reach us at this time, because our phone system is down.  Our email addresses are linked on the left hand side of this page.  We have two application deadlines per year, January 15 and June 1, with grants pledged approximately four months later.  We are still planning for a June 1 grant round.  If the site is located in New York City, we accept applications for planning costs only on a rolling basis.

Projects are ineligible if a contract or work agreement has been signed, or if the project has been started, prior to the application deadline.  Sites are eligible to reapply for construction cost grants every three years, but there is no moratorium on grants for planning costs.  Please contact us for more information.

Sacred Sites Open House

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

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