The list of organizations that provide preservation funding resources for religious organizations. Click on the buttons under each organization to learn more about their individual programs and initiatives.
Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation
The Growing Field
Fort Worth, Texas
- The Growing Field is a consulting firm dedicated to helping churches find new connections and resources to reimagine their future, engage with their community, and remain sustainable for the next generation. The company’s services are reserved for Texas churches only.
- The Harvesting Grace Seed Fund was established to provide financial support for outreach programs that move the needle on a community need, make their service available without prejudice, utilize volunteers and collaborate with other community partners.
Partners for Sacred Places
6040 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 62
Fort Worth, TX 76116
- Partners for Sacred Places, the only national advocate for the sound stewardship and active community use of America’s older religious properties, provides a collection of resources for the preservation of historic religious buildings through their Information Center, including funding, repair and maintenance guides and economic studies.
- The organization was founded in 1989 by a national task force of religious, historic preservation, and philanthropic leaders. Since then, Partners has served several thousand congregations and other local organizations and represents the needs and concerns of over 100,000 older, community-serving sacred places across America.
- The National Fund for Sacred Places is a grant program offered by Partners for Sacred Places in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to provide financial support for historic houses of worship and their associated charitable organizations for the purposes of planning, individualized technical assistance, training, and capital grants for building restoration.
- Grants are assessed following five criteria: National/Regional Significance, Community Engagement, Project Scope & Need, Fundraising Campaign Readiness, and Healthy Congregations.
- Submissions must be for properties originally built as houses of worship, listed or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, and owned by an active community of faith. Properties must have urgent repair needs, but projects that improve usability or ADA compliance, or make a vacant or underused space usable for important community outreach are also eligible.
- Projects must adhere to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
- Projects must be able to raise matching funds at a 1:1 rate for grants of $50,000 to $100,000. Grants from $100,001 to $250,000 require matching funds of 2:1.
San Antonio Area Foundation
Texas Historical Commission
- Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program
- Texas Preservation Trust Fund