Support the Church Renovation Project

Historic Mother Emanuel AMEC Foundation (501c3)

Historical Buildings and Renovations

Consider Supporting our Church Renovation Program

We cherish historical buildings. We use them for years. As years wear on and with the best maintenance available, these precious gems carry the burden of time, roof leaks, termite infestations, and age. The 129-year-old building that provides the spiritual home of the 203-year-old congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church needs significant repairs and renovations.
The church hired engineers, an architect, and a contractor to determine costs and plans to renovate the church. The expenses came back at 6.2 million dollars, including a contingency of 1 million dollars for the repairs and renovations. The contingency represented a reserve amount to cover any unknown costs that may occur during construction.
Apart from the contingency reserves, the project cost of 5 million dollars must be raised from the congregation of four hundred members who are primarily individuals over sixty years old and the community. The eight trusses supporting the roof and the ceiling make up the majority of the cost. Restrooms must become ADA compliant, especially the men’s room which will not accommodate a wheelchair. The choir vacated the choir loft because of deteriorated structural members under the choir loft section of the balcony.
The church received a $250,000 matching grant from the National Fund for Sacred Places. The church must raise $500,000 to receive the grant.  Also, the church received a $150,000 grant for the renovations from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Grant.
After the murder of nine members of the congregation on June 17, 2015, the world poured out its heart and generous donations of $3,400,000. Of those funds $1,500,000 was given to the families of the victims. In addition, some of the funds were designated for specific projects of the church such as repairs to the parking lot, a memorial fund, and scholarships along with some immediate repairs such as the abatement of the termite infestation.  Of those funds the church has $660,000 left to apply to this project. The fundraising efforts for the repairs and renovations continue with an active Congregation Campaign Committee and a Community Fundraising Committee writing letters, calling, and asking for pledges and donations to the project.

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Historic Mother Emanuel AMEC Foundation
110 Calhoun St
Charleston SC 29401