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Congregational Support Grants

Capital Improvement Challenge Grants

2016 Award Recipients

2017_Capital_GrantsNow in it's third year, the Capital Improvement Challenge Grant Initiative continues to offer congregations the opportunity to make repairs and improvements that offer safe and welcoming buildings. Between a reallocation of unused funds within the Gathered Strategy and almost $8,000 returned by congregations whose projects came in under budget, every congregation that applied was awarded funding.

Thirty-six congregations are receiving matching challenge grants totaling over $532,000 that will fix boilers, windows, and bathrooms. Congregations will be able to welcome people with safer sidewalks, stairs, and new chair lifts. 

  • Abiding Presence, Fort Salonga for roof repairs
  • Ascension, Deer Park for restroom repairs
  • Atonement, Jackson Heights for restroom improvements and sidewalk repair
  • Christ, East Northport to replace aluminum capping, soffits and fascia boards
  • Christ/Christo, Freeport for their parking lot
  • Christ, Newburgh for exterior building work
  • Christ, New Hyde Park for their boiler
  • Cross of Christ, Babylon for lighting 
  • Epiphany, Hempstead for their boiler
  • Gloria Dei, Huntington Station for new windows and security lighting
  • Good Shepherd, Roosevelt for improvements on their parsonages
  • Grace, Forest Hills for acoustic tiles
  • Holy Trinity, Bellerose for lighting and bathroom fixtures
  • Holy Trinity, Rockville Centre for kitchen and bathroom remodeling
  • King of Kings, Melville for restroom improvements
  • King of Kings, New Windsor for repairs in their entranceway
  • New Hope for All Saints, Bronx for repair of interior walls and their roof
  • Our Saviour, Croton-on-Hudson for renovations in the parsonage and church building
  • Our Saviour, Manhasset for water damage in wall
  • Our Saviour, Staten Island for repointing the brick façade and rear wall plus reconstructing emergency stairs
  • Our Saviour's Atonement, Manhattan for lead abatement
  • Prince of Peace, Cambria Heights for doors and frames
  • Redeemer-St. John's, Brooklyn for roof and flooring repairs
  • St. Andrew's, West Hempstead for parsonage repairs
  • St. Andrew's, Yorktown Heights for their parking lot
  • St. Paul's, New City for repairs to their roof
  • St. Paul's, Narrowsburg for outside building maintenance
  • St. Paul's, Rye Brook for improving their entranceway and restrooms
  • St. Peter's, Baldwin for exterior building work
  • St. Peter's, Port Jervis for their church steps
  • Trinity Lower East Side, Manhattan for their roof
  • Trinity, Brewster for mold mitigation, foundation and step repairs
  • Trinity, Kingston for ceiling repair
  • Trinity, Manhattan for a stair lift
  • Trinity, Wyandanch for air conditioning


2015 Award Recipients

Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, twenty-eight congregations received word that they had been awarded a Capital Improvement Challenge Grant through our synod’s strategic plan. At its November 2015 meeting, the Synod Council approved these challenge grants using reallocated funds from other strategic plan initiatives. They doubled the award amount from 2014, granting $400,000 in funding to congregations.

"We want to be able to support congregations where they need it most," said Mr. Frank Suttell, MNYS Treasurer and review team member. "Helping our congregations to become safe and welcoming for two years in a row is a fantastic sign of our strategic plan at work." 

2014 Award Recipients

At its October 2014 meeting, the Synod Council approved $200,000 of funding for our first Capital Improvement Challenge Grants. Twenty-one congregations were awarded matching grants for roof work, new windows, parking lots, repointing, masonry, boilers, bathroom renovations, kitchen renovations, and chair lifts. The selection process was extremely competitive.


Improve Your Building 
Together we can take the focus off of leaking roofs and broken boilers and put it back on the work of the church.  Our synod is devoting $1 million over five years to help congregations make upgrades to their properties.For successful applicants, the Capital Improvement Challenge Grants will give you up to $2 for every $1 your congregation raises. 

The deadline for submitting a grant application and all supporting documents has passed. The application will become available again in summer of 2017 for the next award cycle.



Email grants@mnys.org

Capital Improvement Challenge Grants Review Team

We offer our thanks to the capital improvement grant review committee for their hard work:  


Ms. Susan Brandt, Staff 

Pr. Gary Schulz, Chair

Pr. Kathleen Koran, Staff Convener

Pr. Joanne Bond

Pr. John Flack

Hazel Goldstein

Mark Goodwin

William Henderson

Walter Nash, Synod Council

Pr. Jeanine Owens

Synod Deacon John Prosen, Synod Council

Frank Suttell, Treasurer

Wendy Bean Tannenbaum, Synod Council


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