Western New York is home to a wealth of historic religious architecture. These significant structures are not only architectural landmarks but play an important neighborhood role by providing community space and often public services like food banks, day cares, and group meeting spaces. Whether they are simple meeting houses or large cathedral-inspired structures, sacred spaces mark our skylines and anchor our neighborhoods.

PBN’s Sacred Spaces Assistance Program (SSAP) provides technical assistance to religious and non-profit organizations to pursue National Register listing as part of their work to preserve and rehabilitate their historic structures. The listing is a necessary first step in obtaining most kinds of funding for repair and maintenance. Participants in the program will also receive our Religious Architecture Funding Bulletin.

Technical Assistance
SSAP will provide direct services to either:
    •obtain a Determination of Eligibility for listing in the National Register
     of Historic Places;
    •prepare a nomination for listing in the National Register of Historic
     Places for properties determined eligible

To be eligible for SSAP, the property must be:
    •owned and occupied by an active religious and/or non-profit
    •50 years or older and originally built as and for religious use
    •Preference will be given to organizations with demonstrated financial

How To Apply  
Contact PBN offices at 716-852-3300 or fill out an interest form below. Consultation to discuss the property and project is a required step in the process to participate in SSAP, as not all properties may meet the criteria for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Sacred Spaces Assistance Program is made possible by the generous support of the
Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation.