Grants for Church Repairs
501(c)(3) Grants for Church Repairs in the United States
Are you looking for grants for church repairs? This list of grants includes maintenance and repair grants for religious places, grants for church renovations, expansion, and even new construction projects.
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George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation
George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation Grant
The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation is a private independent Foundation which supports only non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.
Unsolicited requests are always acknowledged and occasionally considered.
Program interests include:
- Culture: area museums and arts institutions
- Education: area colleges
- Healthcare: hospital and support agencies
- Social Services: recreation and youth development
- Religious Institutions
The Foundation occasionally supports these programs:
- Scholarship Funds
- Church Renovation projects
- Continuing Support
- Disaster Relief
- Emergency Funds
Oldham Little Church Foundation
Oldham Little Church Foundation
Oldham Little Church Foundation is a private foundation which funded grants in excess of $950,000 to small, evangelical Protestant churches throughout the United States in 2016. Since our founding in 1949, we have provided over 16,400 Facility Completion Grants totaling over $43 million for church renovations, repairs, and new construction projects.
OLCF’s mission is to support small evangelical Protestant churches with improvements to their facilities so that they may be a witness in their community and win souls for Christ.
Facility Completion Grants are provided to churches across the United States. Awards are considered for a specific item(s) within a building repair, renovation, or new construction project that would be needed to help the church finish their project.
Example: For a church remodeling its sanctuary, we would consider a grant award for lighting/electrical work, a baptistry, or church pews/chairs, etc., items typically needed to complete a sanctuary project.
Grants are typically considered four times per year, with the average grant ranging from $9,000 - $12,000 for the year 2022. Grant amounts may vary based on availability of funds, priority of need, number of requests received, etc.
Community Foundation of West Georgia
Church Improvement Fund Grants
The Community Foundation of West Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds from the Church Improvement Fund. The purpose of the Church Improvement Fund (CIF) is to provide grants for capital improvements to predominately African American churches in Carroll County, Georgia. Priority will be given to churches that have limited ability to raise funds above normal operating costs.
To meet the facility needs of evolving or growing Catholic communities through construction, expansion, or renovation of critical facilities.
Catholic Extension funds the construction, expansion, or renovation of churches and facilities that enable the dynamic practice of faith and promote the experience of church community. In this category, Catholic Extension will consider the facility needs of a diocese, to help ensure that spaces are adequately-sized, safe, and that they meet the needs of the local populations. Catholic Extension will favor those projects where the communities have urgent facility needs, a convincing funding strategy and business plan, demonstrated strong local support for the proposed project, and evidence of their limited means to raise all of the funds themselves. Catholic Extension only supports active building and renovation projects and does not give funds to service debt on projects where work has been completed. Therefore, the ideal point at which Catholic Extension should be engaged for this funding is when a parish/organization is still actively raising funds and the project is within one year or less from starting.
Qualifying Funding Areas
Catholic Extension will consider funding minor and major facility requests only for the following types of facilities:
- Church Buildings - places that regularly celebrate the liturgy
- Community Space - places where a community can convene outside of the liturgy (i.e. parish halls and parish community centers)
- Program Space - facilities that provide religious education and other church ministries
- Residential Facilities for Ministers – modest housing for leaders in extremely under-resourced communities
- Temporary Structures - for faith communities in transition due to population changes, recent disaster, etc.
Minor Funding Requests
Catholic Extension will fund up to 100% of the following minor projects (under $5,000) only for the most under-resourced applicants:
- Repairs - periodic improvements that are necessary for a fully functioning space
- Equipment/Small Furnishing Needs - audio equipment, chairs, other basic furnishings etc.
Major Funding Requests
Catholic Extension will consider funding a portion of a major building project’s (over $5,000) total budget, the amount of which is determined on a case-by-case basis. Funding amounts generally are not able to exceed $100,000. The following building projects will be considered for all applicants in Extension dioceses:
- Renovation - major enhancement or restoration of existing church building or facility space due to age, weather-related needs, updated safety-code requirements, or natural disasters
- Expansion - enlargement of a church building or facility space, necessitated by community growth
- New Church Construction - a new church building or facility space, justified by the needs of the community
Major funding requests will be offered in the form of a matching challenge. After presentation and approval of the request, funding strategy and church business plan, Catholic Extension will pledge a specific amount and lay out the matching challenge benchmarks and conditions. The matching challenge duration, funding amount and aggressiveness will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Such factors will be considered: parish financial capacity, fundraising to date, and the actual building project timeline. The qualifying matching dollars must be raised after the matching challenge approval date. Any fundraising and pledges made prior to the matching grant approval date will not count toward the matching challenge. However, these savings and funds will be noted as a demonstration of the project’s momentum and feasibility. If the intended recipient fails to raise matching dollars in the agreed upon period of time, the matching offer will be rescinded.
Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation
Maintenance and Repair Grants for Religious Places
Eligible preservation projects are:
- exterior painting
- finishes and surface restoration
- fire detection
- lightning protection
- security systems
- repairs to/restoration of porches, roofs, and windows
- repairs to foundation and sills
- repairs to chimney
- masonry repointing
Synod of the Mid Atlantic
In late December 1991, Sam and Helen R. Walton made a generous gift through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation of six million dollars. This gift included an endowment in the amount of three million dollars. The earned interest is to be used by outstanding New Worshiping Communities (NWCs) that have placed an emphasis on site acquisition.
The Mission Development Resources Committee (MDRC), an elected body of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, offers an opportunity annually to new worshiping communities, congregations, presbyteries and synods to nominate NWCs that are working in creative ways to bring the gospel to their local communities. Each selected NWC will receive a one-time financial award of up to $50,000. This award is made over and above funding received from other Presbyterian Mission Agency sources, i.e., mission program grants, church loan funds. The number of projects nominated annually by the MDRC is based on funds available.
The intent of the MDRC is in keeping with the June 1992 action of the Evangelism and Church Development Ministry Unit “to be as inclusive as possible in making grant selections with a goal that at least 20% of the projects be racial ethnic new church developments (NWCs).”
For the granting of the Walton Awards, the MDRC takes into account the status of a NWC as defined by the presbytery.
The Walton Award may be used for the following purposes:
- Site acquisition
- Planning, design, site prep or construction costs, space rental and tenant improvement costs, renovations to space, parking lot improvements or acquisition.
- Reinvesting monies – The interest earned is to be reinvested into the corpus for later use in one of the other listed allowable uses.