Sacred Places Fall 2011 - Page 8

UPDATE on Partners: Pennsylvania Office The spires, rose window, and buttresses of Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, PA, clearly define the Gothic Revival style of this National Historic Landmark. It received a $100,000 award from Partners for Sacred Places and a $500,000 Save America’s Treasures grant. In the Philadelphia area, the New Dollars/New Partners for Your Sacred Place program, through which Philadelphia-area congregations receive essential training in fundraising and communitywide partnerships, is augmented by workshops and collaborative projects. New Dollars graduates can qualify for matching grants that target historically significant congregations that play a major role in the strength and stabilization of their neighborhoods. Congregations receiving grants also need to demonstrate strong and committed leadership and a comprehensive plan to address urgent repair needs – resources that are fostered through the New Dollars training. Many elements of both the New Dollars training and the application process for a capital grant help to prepare congregations for other grant opportunities. There is a strong overlap between Partners’ grantees and sacred places in Philadelphia that have received Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grants, a federal program that was established in 1998 to encourage and support preservation projects in the private sector. 7 • Sacred Places • • Fall 2011 Administered by the National Park Service in partnership with other federal agencies, the SAT program has proven extremely successful, having awarded over $300 million to projects in all 50 states, spurred over $400 million in matching, non-federal funds, and created more than 16,000 jobs between 1998 and 2009. Initially, SAT grants were off-limits to historic structures with active congregations and Philadelphia Regional Fund for Sacred Places Advisory Committee The Reverend Dr. Roy G. Almquist Charles B. Casper, Esq. Lary Ceisler Helen Cunningham The Reverend Yvette B. Davis Scott Doyle James Flaherty Melissa Jest Emanuel Kelly, FAIA James Kise, AIA Catherine Lynch Dr. Roger Moss Michael Stern Monica Taylor The Reverend Mark Tyler Geraldine Wang Eric Wilden David Winkowski