The National Fund for Sacred Places is a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Fund is guided by an Advisory Committee, bringing together faith leaders, architects and philanthropists from across the country to inform the grant-making process.


The combined training, consulting and financial resources will help congregations make the most of their facilities as agents of community renewal, encouraging collaborations with outside groups to activate spaces in exciting and innovative ways that draw people to the sacred place and encourage investment in the community.

Taken as a whole, National Fund participants will showcase and teach best practices in historic sacred building preservation, and tell a broader national story highlighting the unique impact and role of significant historic sacred places in the United States today.




The National Fund Advisory Committee is composed of experienced and qualified professionals and leaders representing the key sectors with a stake in sacred places, including religious leadership, architecture and design, historic preservation, capital project financing and funding, and ministry and outreach. The Advisory Committee supports Partners and Trust staff in reviewing the program applications and evaluating projects based on the five funding criteria. 

  • CATHERINE LYNCH, Development Specialist, Presbyterian Church (USA) Investment and Loan Program
  • THE REV. KATHERINE GLAZE LYLE, retired pastor, United Methodist Church
  • BARBARA ABRAJANO, Director of Development and Community Engagement for East-West University; President of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago
  • THE REV. KATIE DAY, PhD., Charles A. Schieren Professor Emerita of Church and Society, United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia
  • STEPHANIE BODDIE, Assistant Professor of Church and Community Ministries, Baylor University
  • THE REV. DR. THOMAS E. FRANK, retired University Professor, Wake Forest University
  • JAMES STRAW, retired Chair and Board Member of Partners for Sacred Places
  • GLENN KEYES, FAIA, Principal, Glenn Keyes Architects
  • CHRISTY MCAVOY, Founding Principal, Historic Resources Group
  • ALICE ANTONELLI, Director, Nonprofit Finance Fund
  • MARK CONSTANTINE, President and CEO, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation
  • THE REV. ROBB  R. WEBB III, Director of the Rural Church Program, The Duke Endowment
  • THE REV. DR. CHRISTOPHER COBLE and THE REV. DR. TITO MADRAZO, Religion Division, Lilly Endowment, Inc.
  • MARSH DAVIS, President, Indiana Landmarks
  • RABBI MICHAEL BALINSKY, Board Member of Partners for Sacred Places


Partners for Sacred Places

Partners for Sacred Places helps congregations and others with a stake in older religious properties make the most of them as civic assets in ways that benefit people of all faiths and of no faith. We are national, nonsectarian, and not-for-profit.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support.




After reviewing the application process and program components, feel free to reach out to us with further questions:

Gianfranco Grande

Executive Vice President, Partners for Sacred Places

866-796-0297 x24

Allison King

Grants and Program Manager, Partners for Sacred Places

215-567-3234 ext. 20