Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

Applying

Application materials for the 2023 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs are available below. The Request for Proposals booklets (RFPs) include a full description of the application and submission process, program guidelines and eligibility. The Indiana and National programs have different Request for Proposals booklets and fillable forms, be sure you select the appropriate links below.

2023 Program Notifications

We are pleased to announce that congregations may now apply for Clergy Renewal grants of up to $60,000. This amount is $10,000 higher than what is indicated in the Clergy Renewal RFP. Lilly Endowment and CTS raised the maximum award amount to help congregations address rapidly increasing costs associated with clergy renewal program expenses. These additional funds may be applied to either the pastor's or congregation's budgets. The additional funds may be allocated between the two budgets in whatever manner the applicant chooses. Please note that this increase applies only to applications in the 2023 programs. Future award amounts will be determined at a later time. Email clergyrenewal@cts.edu with any questions about this increase.

Application deadline for proposals in support of a 2024 renewal leave: Wed, March 15, 2023. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than this date. Email applications must be time stamped by 11:59 pm Eastern time on this date. Award notifications will go out by August 31, 2023.

Important Note

Beginning with the 2021 programs, the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs made two significant changes regarding eligibility for, and design of, clergy renewal leaves.

  • First, in the National program, pastors are now considered eligible if they are ordained, currently serving in a ministerial role within a local congregation, in good standing with their denomination or network, and have shown a commitment to education. This last standard may be met in a variety of ways, including completion of contextually appropriate and accredited certificate, undergraduate, and Master degree programs.
  • Second, congregations and pastors may, if desired, propose a series of shorter leaves (taken across no more than 24 months) in place of the uninterrupted 3-4 month leaves that traditionally have been encouraged. We anticipate still that the total amount of time in which the pastor is away is a minimum of three months. The intent behind this greater flexibility is to allow pastors and congregations to experience renewal in a rhythm that best fits their needs.

Indiana Clergy Renewal Program

Application materials for the 2023 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations are now available. The Request for Proposals booklet includes a full description of the application and submission process, program guidelines and eligibility.

Indiana Request for Proposals (RFP)
Request for Proposals for the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations
Fillable Paper Application Pages from the Request for Proposals for the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations

Please note: complete these forms in your web browser before saving to your computer.

National Clergy Renewal Program

Application materials for the 2023 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program are now available. The Request for Proposals booklet includes a full description of the application and submission process, program guidelines and eligibility.

National Request for Proposals (RFP)
Request for Proposals for the Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program
Fillable Paper Application Pages from the Request for Proposals for the Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program

Please note: complete these forms in your web browser before saving to your computer.

Additional Resources for Grant Seekers

Videos, request for proposals and handouts for Clergy Renewal Program grant seekers.

View resources
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXYQkz7lzSI
2023 Informational Webinar

What will make your heart sing?

November 4, 2022
This recording of our live Information Webinar hosted by our Director, Dr. Rob Saler, includes a word from our Lilly Endowment Program Director, offers an overview of the programs, highlights important information about how to apply, and answers audience questions.

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