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St. Paul's: A National Fund for Sacred Places Church

St. Paul’s is honored to be one of seventeen historic churches nationwide awarded participation in the National Fund for Sacred Places in 2017. Participation includes a matching grant of up to $250,000 and a package of customized consulting services through a partnership of Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation funded by the Lilly Endowment. Partners for Sacred Places is the only national non-sectarian nonprofit focused on helping communities preserve their historic religious properties and maximize their use and potential as vital community assets. Partners’ mission is to build a shared sense of responsibility for the future of sacred places. Learn more about the National Fund for Sacred Places and the Partners for Sacred Places.

National Fund Criteria

We are proud to have been selected based on the National Fund’s five core criteria:

  • National/regional historic significance of the church
  • Community engagement
  • Proposed project scope and need
  • Fundraising campaign readiness
  • Healthy congregation

Grant monies received by St. Paul’s will be used to replace and upgrade our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems—a component of the 2016 $4.6 million building renovation project that was deferred due to budget limitations.

Learn more about St. Paul’s rich history and our recent building renovation project that has blessed us with wonderful new spaces.

Planning Grant and Consulting Services

A $5000 supplemental planning grant from the National Fund was used to develop a promotional video to be used as an outreach tool to share the St. Paul’s story with the community. The video, entitled “You Belong,” will be shared and used in a number of ways to communicate who we are, what we are about, and invite others to join us. View the video.

Pro bono consulting services provided by Partners included:

  • Two days of National Fund program training for two church representatives
  • National Fund congregational orientation
  • An Asset Mapping event with community stakeholders and a follow-up report
  • A survey of the needs/wants of the Cedar Rapids arts community

These resources have provided a number of welcomed tools to help us connect with the community, plan for the future, and continue our mission: a people gathered, formed, and sent by God's grace.

    St. Paul's United Methodist Church
    1340 3rd Ave SE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52403


    Office Hours:
    Monday-Thursday | 8:00 am-5:00 pm
    Friday | 8:00 am -12:00 pm 


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