The Episcopal News in the Diocese of Los Angeles reports:

The National Fund for Sacred Places, a program of Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announced on Oct. 18 that it has accepted Church of the Epiphany, East Los Angeles, as one of 17 congregations nationwide to participate in a national grant-making program that supports capital building projects at historic houses of worship.

Launched last year with grants totaling $14 million from the Indiana-based Lilly Endowment Inc., the Philadelphia-based National Fund will offer planning grants, professional services, and capital grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 to a minimum of 50 congregations over four years.

Chad Martin, director of the National Fund, says that Epiphany was well positioned for acceptance into this year’s group, for which more than 220 congregations applied, citing its long history and connection to the Chicano Rights Movement. “We believe this project is of national importance for the stewardship of America’s sacred places,” says Martin. “We hope this award serves to elevate this history nationally, and supports the vital public impact of Epiphany’s innovative programming.”

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