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Applications are available now for the Preserving Black Churches grant program, a project of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Applications must be submitted by Aug. 23 at The grants “are intended to preserve historic Black houses of worship (with either active congregations or those that have been repurposed for new uses in local communities) and advance ongoing preservation activities,” the program said.

The grants can be used to address challenges, including deferred maintenance. The National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund created the Preserving Black Churches program as a $20 million initiative with leadership support from Lilly Endowment, Inc.

“With grants ranging from $50,000 to $200,000, the Preserving Black Churches grant program is an investment in Black communities to reimagine, redesign, and redeploy historic preservation to address the institutions’ needs and the cultural assets and stories they steward,” the program said.