Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs

Applying

The 2023 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs Request for Proposals are available below as sample materials which provide a full description of eligibility requirements, the application and submission process,  and program guidelines. The Indiana and National programs have different Request for Proposals and fillable forms, please select the appropriate links below.

The 2024 Request for Proposals will be published here in early November and will include the 2024 program year application deadline.

2024 Requests for Proposals Now Available

The 2024 Indiana and National Requests for Proposals and Fillable form pages are available from the Grant Seekers section of the Resources page. The proposal deadline for the 2024 program year is Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 11:59 pm. All proposals received by the deadline must be in support of renewal leaves planned to begin in 2025. Refer to the relevant RFP for details and information.

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.

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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CRP News & Press Releases

Clergy Renewal Program
December 6, 2023

Christian Theological Seminary Announces Over 200 Congregations Awarded Lilly Endowment 2023 Clergy Renewal Program Grants

Christian Theological Seminary, an ecumenical seminary based in Indianapolis, today announces 229 congregations from across the United States have been…
Clergy Renewal Program
October 14, 2022

Christian Theological Seminary Announces 197 Congregations Awarded Lilly Endowment 2022 Clergy Renewal Program Grants

Note to media: Please check the list of recipients in the body of this release to see if a congregation(s)…
Clergy Renewal ProgramPress
October 5, 2021

190 Congregations Awarded Lilly Endowment 2021 Clergy Renewal Program Grants

En Español Register here for an informational webinar about the 2022 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs from 1 - 2:30…