Non-profit 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. Total giving by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which includes non-profit building renovations grants, has reached $1,182,826,639. In 2003, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation granted the Communities Foundation of Texas $35 million to create 75-80 new and redesigned small schools in high minority areas along the Texas-Mexico border and in the state’s large inner schools. 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

U.S.G.G. offers services to assist non-profit organizations in all activities related to building renovation projects. To learn more about these services contact Beverly Santicola, President of U.S.G.G. 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 U.S.G.G. 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. With an average of one million dollars in grant awards each year, Santicola has authored grants that have:

· Encouraged economic growth.
· Promoted labor-management cooperation.
· Established community technology centers.
· Advanced professional development.
· Increased learning outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics.
· Increased interest and learning outcomes in science and citizenship.

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