Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

Applying

Applications become available in November for the following year’s program. Consideration takes place in the summer of the program year, and award notifications are sent by letter to the congregation’s mailing address by the end of that August. Grant funds do not become available for use until the year following the program year.

The Indiana program and the National program have separate application processes, so please be certain you are selecting the appropriate application portal.

2022 Program Notifications

All 2022 program applicants will be notified by email by end of August 2022 about award decisions.

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

Past application materials for the 2022 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs are available below as sample materials with a full description of program guidelines and eligibility. Applicants may watch this website in November 2022 for information about future opportunities to apply.

Indiana Request for Proposals (RFP)

The “Request for Proposals” document outlines eligibility requirements as well as the process for submitting a proposal.

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: download this form and save it to your computer first before entering your information.

National Clergy Renewal Program

Past application materials for the 2022 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs are available below as sample materials with a full description of program guidelines and eligibility. Applicants may watch this website in November 2022 for information about future opportunities to apply.

National Request for Proposals (RFP)

The “Request for Proposals” document outlines eligibility requirements as well as the process for submitting a proposal.

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: download this form and save it to your computer first before entering your information.

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=6ftvgi3bdNs
2022 Informational Webinar

What will make your heart sing?

November 3, 2021
The 2022 Clergy Renewal Programs Information Session took the form of a webinar this year, and we're placing a recording of it online as a resource to share with your colleagues and congregation.

Launch video