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St. Peter’s, Garrett Chapel receive ‘Sacred Sites’ grants in Geneva

Two iconic Finger Lakes religious sites are among 23 properties throughout the state to receive Sacred Sites Grants from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Geneva and Garrett Memorial Chapel in Keuka Park each received $15,000, part of a total of $256,000 awarded to 23 historic religious properties around the state.

“We feel it is very important to help maintain religious structures that provide a sense of history and place to communities,” Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, said in a news release. “Many also provide social service and cultural programs that benefit people beyond their congregations.”

The Sacred Sites Program provides congregations with matching grants for planning and implementing exterior restoration projects, technical assistance, and workshops.

Since 1986, the program has pledged over 1,493 grants totaling more than $11.1 million to over 800 religious institutions statewide.

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