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Each year, in addition to our normal grantmaking for individual organizations, we provide on an invitational basis funding to organizations through various special initiatives. These initiatives are usually framed by a request for proposals that sets forth an initiative’s aims, guidelines, application procedures, award criteria, timing, grant amounts and so forth.

We often offer special initiatives when we believe that several organizations working toward a particular aim in their own way and with their own capacities will increase progress toward the aim’s accomplishment. Accordingly, for many of our special initiatives, we provide opportunities for our grantees to convene and share their perspectives and experiences in addition to technical assistance, relevant research and evaluation support, and other helpful resources.

Related Initiatives

Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students aims to significantly increase the number of Indiana K-12 students who are emotionally healthy realize academic success, graduate from high school, obtain valuable postsecondary credentials necessary for meaningful employment, and who are prepared to compete and prosper in the global society in which they will live and work. All Indiana public school corporations and charter schools are eligible to participate in the Counseling Initiative.LEARN MORE

Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) is a series of statewide initiatives that help strengthen community foundations in Indiana and build their capacity to support the needs of their local communities. Since it began in 1990, GIFT has helped community foundations strengthen unrestricted endowments, fund special projects and inspire others to give through challenge grants. In October 2018, the Endowment launched the seventh phase of the initiative (GIFT VII) and is making available $125 million in grants to help community foundations raise financial resources and provide community foundations with funds to enhance their leadership competencies and address high-priority challenges and opportunities in the towns, cities and counties they serve.LEARN MORE

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation strives to uplift the unique and important role that arts and cultural organizations and projects play in building strong communities. The Endowment is making available grants totaling up to $25 million to support compelling projects that strengthen Indianapolis’ cultural vitality. We encouraged eligible organizations to generate creative, new ideas of all sizes that enhance our community’s quality of life, make Indianapolis a vibrant city to visit, and benefit those who live, work and play here.LEARN MORE

Thriving in Ministry seeks to support charitable organizations (especially organizations committed to supporting pastoral leaders in congregations) located in the United States in developing new or strengthening existing programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as role models and guide them through key leadership challenges at critical moments in their ministerial careers. The primary aim is to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus enhance the vitality of the congregations they serve. LEARN MORE

Enhancing Opportunity in Indianapolis is 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 competitive initiative, the Endowment plans to award up to $50 million in 2020 to fund the most promising proposals. There are two stages to this grant initiative: Stage One of the application process is a request for concept papers. In Stage Two, the Endowment will invite eligible organizations that submitted the most compelling concepts to submit a full proposal. Learn More 

Thriving Congregations Initiative seeks to support charitable organizations located in the United States in developing new or strengthening existing programs that will work directly with congregations to help them: 1) explore and understand their rapidly changing social and cultural contexts; 2) gain greater clarity about their values and mission; and 3) draw on Christian practices from their theological and ecclesial traditions to adapt their ministries to the demands of their changing contexts. The ultimate aim is to help congregations strengthen their ministries and thrive so they can better help people deepen their relationships with God, enhance their connections with each other and contribute to the flourishing of their communities and the world. Learn More