Nonprofit Building Renovations Grants

Non-profit building renovations grants are typically awarded for community development projects that improve housing and public service facilities for low-to-moderate-income people. Non-profit building renovations grants from the federal government are awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and fall under a variety of programs, including community development block grant programs (CDBG) that are based upon need factors including population, income, unemployment level, and housing conditions.

Corporations, associations, religious organizations, schools, or other agencies with non-profit status under the Internal Revenue Code (Section 501(c)(3), and government non-profits, i.e., public agencies, commissions or authorities, may apply for non-profit building renovations grants. All proposed activities must meet eligibility requirements as set forth by HUD. Because funds are limited, not all organizations that apply receive grants.

Private foundations, as well as corporate foundations and trusts all award non-profit building renovations grants, and like HUD, they do not offer direct grants to individuals. There are over 2,700 private foundations in the United States that give non-profit building renovations grants with total giving that ranges from $1.1 billion to less than $100,000. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Lilly Endowment, California Endowment, Moody Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Olin Foundation, and Duke Endowment lead the pack at more $100,000,000 each. More information on who gives grants for building renovations and how much can be obtained through the Foundation Directory.

Organizations that apply for non-profit building renovations grants usually engage in four significant activities prior to submitting a proposal for building renovation projects. These activities include:

  • Strategic Planning

  • Feasibility Study

  • Board of Directors/Volunteer Training

  • Capital Campaign

USGG offers services to assist non-profit organizations in all activities related to building renovation projects. To learn how to write successful non-profit building renovations grants attend a two-day grant writing workshop in a city near you. Beverly Santicola, lead trainer for USGG, is experienced in strategic planning, feasibility studies, board training, and capital campaigns, as a result of her direct involvement in a major building and renovation project between 2001 and 2003 for The Rose, one of her Houston-based clients. She has a track record of success in writing grants, not only in non-profit building renovations grants, but also in elementary-secondary education, technology, healthcare, science, literacy programs, and labor-management cooperation.

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