State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) today announced the release of $25,000 in grant funding for restoration work at the First Church in Oberlin, which will be used to replace the metal crown of the church’s cupola, among other projects.
“The First Church in Oberlin and the City of Oberlin have done tremendous work together to secure this competitive grant,” said Rep. Miller. “Collaborative efforts such as this ensure that the First Church in Oberlin will continue to be a source of local pride for generations to come.”
The State Historic Preservation Office, part of the Ohio History Connection, awarded the funds as a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant. The CLG grant program is a federal-state-local partnership aimed at preserving historic buildings and sites throughout the country.
The cornerstone of the First Church in Oberlin was laid in 1842. The building is also an Oberlin Historic Landmark, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.