Grace Episcopal Church in Newton will receive a grant of up to $250,000 from the National Fund for Sacred Places, a major milestone in the church’s effort to raise funds for its historic bell tower.
The nearly 150-year-old tower’s masonry has been cracking for years and is at risk of collapsing.
“It was just a great vote of confidence in our project,” said the Rev. Dr. Regina Walton, head rector of the church. “We’re pretty overjoyed by it.”