Historic Religious Properties Matching Grants Awarded
PHLF’s Historic Religious Properties (HRP) Committee will be awarding 12 matching grants and 2 Technical Assistance Awards to congregations throughout Allegheny County during a special reception on February 26. Contributions from PHLF members, friends, and several private foundations in 2013 are helping fund this new cycle of matching grants. We thank all our donors!
“We are doing real work in the neighborhoods through PHLF’s HRP Program,” said Committee Chair David Vater. “The matching grants we are awarding this year total $95,710; those grants are expected to leverage $411,740 in critical exterior preservation projects. Congregations will be able to restore stained glass, repoint masonry, replace roofs and doors, and repaint exteriors.” In addition, the committee awarded Technical Assistance to two of the congregations to help them assess and prioritize building needs.
The following congregations will receive matching grants:
- All Saints Polish National Catholic Church, Carnegie (plus technical assistance)
- Central Presbyterian Church, Tarentum
- Congregation Poale Zedeck, Squirrel Hill
- Fairhaven Methodist Church, Overbrook
- The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, Oakland
- Jerusalem Baptist Church, West End
- Lamb of God Christian Ministries, Homestead
- Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, Swissvale
- Pittsburgh Northside Church of God, Manchester (plus technical assistance)
- Sacred Heart Parish, Shadyside
- St. John’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, South Side
- St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, South Side Slopes
The HRP Program, now in its seventeenth year, assists architecturally significant religious properties that are more than 50 years old, that have active congregations, and that provide worship sites and social services in their communities. Congregations must be able to match the PHLF grant. Grants (of up to $10,000) are awarded by PHLF to fund exterior restoration projects on the main structure of the building. For more information, contact Carole Malakoff.