Lilly Endowment announces Thriving Congregations Initiative
Lilly Endowment Inc. is inviting charitable organizations located in the United States to submit grant proposals for up to $1 million, that may be used for up to a five-year period, to develop new or strengthen existing programs that will work directly with congregations and help them to:
- Explore and understand their rapidly changing social and cultural contexts.
- Gain greater clarity about their values and mission.
- Draw on Christian practices from their theological and ecclesial traditions to adapt their ministries to the demands of their changing contexts.
The ultimate aim is to help congregations thrive by strengthening ministries that help people deepen their relationships with God, enhance their connections with one another, and contribute to the flourishing of their communities and the world.
In this open and competitive grants initiative, the Endowment anticipates awarding approximately 50 grants to organizations that submit exceptionally promising and compelling proposals that advance the aim of the initiative and demonstrate the capacity of the organization to design, implement, and sustain a high-quality program.
Comprehensive guidelines and forms may be found on the Endowment’s website at:
Interested organizations should submit an Interest Form through the Endowment’s website by April 17, 2020. Complete proposals should be submitted via the Endowment’s website by June 1, 2020.