House of Worship Policy

The Champlin Foundation will accept applications from churches or houses of worship during the period of March 1st – April 30th subject to the following terms, conditions and restrictions which will be strictly adhered to without exception:


  1. Only Rhode Island churches or houses of worship are eligible to apply.
  2. Funding for this program is categorized under “Historic Preservation”, thus only those churches or houses of worship of historic and architectural significance are eligible. Official designation as an historic building or location in an historic district is an important factor but lack thereof shall not necessarily be a disqualification.
  3. Applications will only be accepted for requests related to exterior repairs or improvements necessary to maintain the historic and architectural integrity of the building. No applications will be accepted for interior repairs or improvements including, but not limited to, fire safety upgrades, handicap accessibility issues or other building mechanicals as these types of items, while important, are not the focus of this program.
  4. The cumulative annual amount available for distribution to churches or houses of worship is limited to no greater than $250,000. This does not necessarily mean that grants will be made up to the maximum. The Distribution Committee will make such grants, if any, as it deems appropriate up to the maximum cumulative amount.
  5. Individual applicants may request any amount up to a $50,000 maximum.
  6. Where projects exceed the amount requested, applicants must be able to show where the difference will come from. For example, if application is made for funding towards a new roof at a cost of $300,000, the applicant must be able to definitively identify the source of the necessary additional funding beyond the amount requested.
  7. At the discretion of the Distribution Committee, challenge grants may be offered requiring matching funds to be raised from other sources within a specified time as a condition precedent to receiving a Champlin grant.
  8. Churches or houses of worship must be able to demonstrate viability. For example, ongoing regular use of the building, including use by the general community, and support from membership and/or endowment sufficient to enable the coverage of operating expenses will be important considerations.
  9. In accordance with Champlin guidelines, applications must relate to capital needs as opposed to general support for operations or programs.
  10. No church or house of worship will be eligible for grants in consecutive years. In other words, if a grant was awarded during the previous grant cycle, that applicant will be ineligible to apply in the current grant cycle.
  11. The continuation of this program, as well as the amounts available for distribution, will be evaluated on an annual basis by the Distribution Committee.