Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students

Round II Application Procedures

Lilly Endowment was very pleased with the broad and positive response to the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students (Counseling Initiative). Hundreds of Indiana public school corporations and charter schools demonstrated a deep commitment to improving and expanding their counseling programs. Under the initiative, the Endowment approved 284 planning grants and then received 254 proposals for implementation grants. Because of this significant response, the process became quite competitive. After much deliberation, the Endowment approved implementation grants from 57 public school corporations and charter schools for a total of $26.4 million.

The Endowment appreciates the considerable amount of time and effort expended by counselors, teachers, school and district administrators, parents, students and representatives from the community in preparing planning and implementation grant proposals under the Counseling Initiative. Moreover, several of the requests for implementation funding that were not approved proposed promising strategies and activities to address the critical challenges underlying the initiative. The Endowment therefore has determined to offer a second competitive implementation grant round of the Counseling Initiative for which it has allocated up to $10 million.

Any public school corporation or charter school that was eligible to participate in the original Counseling Initiative but did not receive an implementation grant in the first round is eligible to apply for an implementation grant in this second round, regardless of whether it submitted a proposal under either the planning grant or implementation grant phase of the original initiative.


The documents below provide more information about the initiative and instructions for preparing and submitting grant proposals.

Request for Proposals

This document provides guidelines for submitting implementation proposals under the Counseling Initiative.

Research and Resources

This document offers helpful information related to the aim of the Counseling Initiative.

Frequently Asked Questions

This document answers questions about eligibility and preparing proposals.

Lilly Endowment Forms (required)


  Round II Grant Proposal Postmarked by March 15, 2018

Briefing Sessions

To learn more about this second implementation round of the Counseling Initiative, you are invited to send three representatives to one of three briefing sessions to be held as follows:
  South Central Indiana
December 1, 2017
10:00 – 12:00 noon
followed by lunch
Brown County Inn
51 E. State Road 46
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-2291
North Central Indiana
December 5, 2017
10:00 – 12:00 noon
followed by lunch
Milestone Event Center
1458 Liberator St.
Peru, IN 46970
(260) 444-1185
Central Indiana
December 6, 2017
10:00 – 12:00 noon
followed by lunch
Ivy Tech Community College
Culinary and Conference Center
2820 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 921-4798
Please indicate the names of your representatives and which of the three sessions they will be attending by calling (317) 916-7309 or emailing by Friday, November 10, 2017.


If questions arise as you develop the proposal, please email Lilly Endowment’s education division:

Please send your completed proposal to:

Sara B. Cobb
Vice President, Education
Lilly Endowment Inc.
2801 North Meridian Street
Post Office Box 88068
Indianapolis, IN 46208-0068