Lilly Endowment Launches National Initiative Aimed at Helping Congregations Thrive

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative seeks to help churches understand how changes in society influence their ministries.

Building on work supported by grants made in 2019 to twenty-four organizations across the country, the initiative is designed to encourage organizations that work with Christian congregations to create new or strengthen existing programs to help churches understand their changing contexts; gain clarity about their values and mission; and cultivate vibrant Christian practices. This competitive grantmaking round also is designed to increase the number of organizations working with congregations nationwide.

Interested and eligible charitable organizations in the United States can submit proposals for up to $1 million to be used for up to a five-year period to plan and implement programs. Among the organizations expected to apply are theological schools, denominational organizations, colleges and universities, and faith-based agencies.

In this grantmaking round, the endowment anticipates making approximately fifty grants. Proposals are due June 1, 2020.

See the Lilly Endowment website for the complete RFP, including information about the rationale behind the program, the characteristics of thriving congregations, the congregational learning process, and eligibility and selection criteria.

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Deadline: June 15, 2020