John C. Lasko Foundation Trust
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The John C. Lasko Foundation Trust was established to build churches that will last forever and will never deviate or change from God’s mission. Grants from the Lasko Foundation are exclusively for the construction of worship space, defined as the sanctuary portion of the church building, and excluding areas such as the fellowship hall, classroom, office area, kitchen and baptistery.
Mr. John C. Lasko, founder of the John C. Lasko Foundation Trust, was born November 26, 1920 in Wayne, MI. He founded Republic Tool and Die in Belleville, MI in 1940. Republic grew to become the largest privately owned tool and die company in North America. Mr. Lasko passed away on February 21, 2011 at the age of 90. Since its establishment, the John C. Lasko Foundation Trust has supported the construction of churches throughout the country. The Foundation will continue on in perpetuity as a legacy to Mr. Lasko.
Please note that due to an upgrade being performed on our online grant application system, the Lasko Phase I application will not be available until July 18, 2016.
The Lasko Foundation application process is now conducted in 2 phases.
Phase 1): Organizations must submit an online application by September 30 using the Apply now button in the Application & procedures section of this page. The Trustees will review the submitted Phase 1 online applications and then invite selected organizations to submit a full application. Each Phase 1 applicant will receive a notification in October as to whether or not they are invited to submit a full Phase 2 application.
Phase 2): Full application guidelines and requirements will only be sent to the Phase 1 applicants selected by the Trustees. Invited applicants will be required to submit a hard copy proposal by November 30 as outlined in the full application guidelines and requirements sent by the Trustees. Phase 2 applicants will be notified of final grant decisions by January 31 of the following year.
Applicants to the Lasko Foundation must own the land on which the church will be constructed.
The church will need to fund at least 50% of the project costs. See the 2 examples below for further clarification.
Example 1: You are building a church that is 10,000 square feet total, 6,000 square feet of which is sanctuary space. Assume the total construction project cost is $1 million and therefore the portion of that budget allocated to the sanctuary space is $600,000. The largest grant you can apply for is $500,000, or 50% of the total project cost.
Example 2: You are building a church that is 10,000 square feet total, 3,000 square feet of which is sanctuary space. Assume the total construction project cost is $1 million and therefore the portion of that budget allocated to the sanctuary space is $300,000. The largest grant you can apply for is $300,000 because that is the total cost of the sanctuary space, and it is under the 50% cap.
Please note that grant funds may only be requested for sanctuary space and are not guaranteed. The Trust does not provide support for debt repayment. Phase I applications received after the deadline will be reviewed in the following grant cycle.
Bank of America acts as co-trustee for the Lasko Foundation Trust, in conjunction with Mr. Sean Cook.