Enhancing Opportunity in Indianapolis is a Lilly Endowment initiative designed to help people overcome the challenges of poverty and financial insecurity. The aim of the initiative is to help more people make progress toward economic self-sufficiency.

Through this initiative, the Endowment plans to award up to $50 million in 2020 to fund the most promising proposals. Eligible applicants will be able to request funding for concepts in amounts from $50,000 up to $10 million to be used for a period of up to five years.

This is a two-stage, competitive grant initiative. Stage One of the application process is a request for concept papers. In Stage Two, the Endowment will invite organizations that submitted the most compelling concepts to submit full proposals. The Endowment plans to announce these grants on or before December 31, 2020.


Eligible applicants must be Indiana-based organizations described in Internal Revenue Code (Code) section 501(c)(3) that are public charities under Code section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2), or Type I or Type II supporting organizations under Code section 509(a)(3). Please read the request for proposals for details.


Applicants must submit concept papers through this web page by Friday, March 27, 2020, at noon Eastern Daylight Time. The Endowment will review the concepts and invite organizations with the most compelling ideas to prepare full proposals. Deadline to submit these detailed proposals through this web page is Monday, August 31, 2020, at noon Eastern Daylight Time. Please read the request for proposals for details.

Learn More

Individuals interested in learning more about Enhancing Opportunity in Indianapolis are invited to attend an information session. Attendance is optional and each session will cover the same content. Sessions will take place on the following dates at Lilly Endowment, 2801 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis:

  • Tuesday, December 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. Register here.
  • Wednesday, December 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Register here.
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020, from 9 to 11 a.m. Register here.
  • Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 3 to 5 p.m. Register here.

Anyone interested in attending an information session must register.


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