Construction projects tend to be among the most technical and complex in nature. Here we offer a checklist of information needed. The list does not pretend to be exhaustive, nor is every point necessarily applicable in every single case.

Check List for a construction project

  1. Assurance that the Church owns the land on which the church (or other church building) is to be built. (In Eastern Europe: a copy of deed of ownership.)
  2. Copy of building permit.
  3. Copy of construction plans (floor plan, elevation and cross section) showing exact size and style of the planned building. Do NOT send technical, structural or services engineer’s drawings.
  4. Formal cost estimate of the construction in local currency (expanded to show not just the total cost but also the cost of main components, e.g. material and labour, foundations, walls, roofing etc.).*
  5. Financial plan showing sources of funding to cover the formal cost estimate. This includes local contribution, other local and foreign sources, expected contribution from ACN.*
  6. Specify all charities that have been solicited for funding and their response.
  7. The current state of the construction. If underway, please describe work done to date, send an up-to-date photo, and specify how much money has been invested thus far and how much is still needed.
  8. Letter of approval of local bishop.
  9. Basic application form.
  10. Your project application/argumentation.

Nota bene: If the planned building will be constructed in phases, please define the phases exactly and draw up the cost estimate and financial plan in a way that corresponds to these phases. This is particularly important for projects extending over several years.

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Founded in 1947 as a Catholic aid organization for war refugees and recognized as a papal foundation since 2011, ACN is dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need. ACN supports every year an average of 5000 projects in close to 150 countries, thanks to private donations, as the foundation receives no public funding.