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Preserving Black Churches

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Funding Amount

$50,000 - $200,000

Matching Funds

Matching funds are not required for the following funding categories: Capital Projects, Project Planning, Programming and Interpretation, and Organizational Capacity Building and Operations. Projects in these categories that are leveraging additional investments are strongly preferred. Matching funds are required for the Endowment & Financial Sustainability funding category. Existing funding received from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund's National Grant Program cannot be used as match for the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund’s Preserving Black Churches Endowment & Financial Sustainability grants

Funding Cycle

Application Deadline has passed. Returning in the future
(Occurs yearly)


Project Categories
Grant awards may be made for activities and projects in the following categories:

- Capital Projects
- Project Planning
- Programming and Interpretation
- Organizational Capacity Building and Operations
- Endowment & Financial Sustainability

(refer to details via guidelines)

Who Can Apply

Eligible Applicants include:
- Historic Black Churches with active and non-active congregations. Active congregations are those which hold regular worship services and public programming in historic religious buildings (defined above).
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations stewarding non-active Historic Black Church buildings reused and repurposed for community, programmatic, and interpretive uses are eligible to apply, including statewide and local preservation organizations, churches, accredited private colleges or universities, historic sites, museums, historical societies, and genealogical associations.
- Public agencies: State or local agencies including boards, commissions, departments, accredited public colleges or universities, offices, agencies, public bodies, or political subdivisions of the state or of a county or municipality. Examples include state historic preservation offices, city and county preservation offices and planning departments, state and local commissions focused on different aspects of heritage, and publicly owned historic sites and museums

Additional Eligibility Requirements

Guidelines and Eligibility:

Letter of Intent Form:

(Please note: You will be taken to the National Trust grants application system where you will need to create a user profile for your organization. This is a separate login than your National Trust login.)



Additional Information

For additional information and/or questions, contact the organization at

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