Please note that the deadline for concept papers has been extended to

Friday, July 31, 2020.


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 expects to announce these grants by the end of the first quarter of 2021.


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, July 31, 2020, at noon Eastern Daylight Time. The Endowment will review the concepts and invite organizations with the most compelling ideas to prepare full proposals. The Endowment will provide an updated deadline for stage two full proposals later this year.  Please read the updated Request for Proposals for details.

Please note that the RFP has been updated to include extended submission deadlines.


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