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 2021 to fund the most promising proposals.

This is a two-stage, competitive grant initiative. Stage One of the application process is a request for concept papers. In Stage Two, which will also be a competitive stage, the Endowment will invite organizations that submitted the most compelling concepts to submit full proposals. The Endowment expects to announce these grants by the end of the first quarter of 2021.


The Endowment received 220 applications requesting more than $835 million in funding through this initiative. This is a tremendous response from the community, and we are grateful that so many organizations invested the time and effort to participate.

From this group of applicants, 36 organizations have been invited to develop full proposals in Stage Two of the initiative. View the list of organizations.  


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).


Submissions for this initiative were due by Friday, July 31, 2020, at noon Eastern Daylight Time. The application period is now closed.