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$20 million investment aids preservation of Black churches

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Lilly Endowment donated $20 million to preserve historic Black churches across the nation. The donation to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund will address the financial needs of Black faith institutions to rebuild and redesign both active and inactive congregations.

The investment is for the Preserving Black Churches Project, which will give annual grants to strengthen historic congregations. Grants will range from $50,000 to $200,000.

Church applicants can apply for one of the five categories: capital project, endowment and financial sustainability, organizational capacity and operations, programming and interpretation, and project planning.

On Aug. 10, there was an informational webinar which answered any questions churches might have about applying for funding.

The letter of intent deadline is Sept. 2. In the letter, applicants must answer about 40 questions with information about the church, the project and the church’s historical significance.

The full proposal application is due Nov. 10, and this application will only be sent to approved applicants who completed the letter of intent.

For more information on how to apply, visit forum.savingplaces.org.

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