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Deadline: April 6, 2018

Lilly Endowment: Thriving in Ministry Initiative

The Thriving in Ministry Initiative supports charitable organizations (especially organizations committed to supporting pastoral leaders in congregations) located in the United States in developing new or strengthening existing programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as role models and exemplars and guide them through key leadership challenges at critical moments in their ministerial careers. The primary aim is to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus enhance the vitality of the congregations they serve.

The Lily Endowment especially encourages efforts that: 1) attend to key professional transitions in a pastor’s career; and/or 2) focus on challenges posed by particular ministry contexts and settings. Grant funds may be used to fund the programmatic costs of developing a new or enhanced program.

Amount: Charitable organizations may submit proposals for up to $1,000,000 that may be used for up to a five-year period to plan and implement programs. The Endowment anticipates awarding approximately 30 grants to charitable organizations that submit exceptionally promising proposals that advance the aim of the initiative and demonstrate the capacity of the organization to design, implement, and sustain a high-quality program.

Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations

Link: http://www.lillyendowment.org/religion/thrivinginministry.html

Note: The first step to applying is to complete a simple Interest Form that is due by April 6, 2018. Proposals are due by June 1, 2018.

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