The Church of the Epiphany is one of 11 national historic sites that will share $1.6 million in preservation funds after finishing in fourth place in a national vote-in campaign, organizers announced Monday.

The Lincoln Heights landmark, tied to the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and ‘70s, will receive $150,000 from the 2018 Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Program sponsored by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Episcopal church was one of 20 sites that competed for a share of $2 million from the program. At the outset of the campaign, the 20 sites were awarded $400,000 to help build grassroots support and increase public awareness.

This year, the contest focused on sites that celebrate diversity and the struggle for equality, according to a press release.

On its own campaign page, members of the Church of the Epiphany celebrated the fact that the Eastside site received 74,272 votes during the campaign.

“The [$150,000] grant will help us repair the roof and renovate the basement to house community rooms, healthcare services, legal and eviction clinics, and our People’s History project,” a posted statement reads. “The grant also lays a strong foundation for a broader capital campaign that will help the church continue serving the Lincoln Heights community, as it has for 130 years.”

“We can’t express how truly grateful we are to the many community members, organizations, colleagues, friends, and family members who voted every day and spread the word,” the post continues. “The success of this grassroots effort is a testament to Angelenos’ pride in our city and our history.”

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