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Endowment-funded MINDful College Connections Program Has New Leader
A consortium of Indiana higher education institutions has named the executive director for its collaborative student mental health program. It is supported by a grant through Lilly Endowment’s initiative, Charting the Future for Indiana's Colleges and Universities.
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First Grants Announced in Indianapolis African American Quality of Life...
The National Urban League, in partnership with the Indianapolis Urban League and the African American Coalition of Indianapolis, has approved a total of more than $21 million in grants to 52 organizations as part of its Indianapolis African American Quality of Life Initiative, which is funded by a $100 million Endowment grant.
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Is It Time to Take a Break? A Story of Renewal.
Lilly Endowment renewal programs highlight benefits of rest. Since 2002 these renewal grants have enabled United Way of Central Indiana to create and implement the Human Services Professional Renewal Program.
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A $3.78 million Lilly Endowment Grant Helps Address Litter Along Indy’s...
Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) a $3.78 million grant to mobilize efforts to clean up litter along several busy thoroughfares and waterways in Indianapolis, furthering KIB’s mission to create and maintain vibrant public places where people and nature thrive.
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Lilly Endowment and the Mellon Foundation Support Black Heritage Sites in...
Efforts of the Urban Legacy Lands Initiative (ULLI) to preserve and steward Black heritage sites in Indianapolis are being supported by two $800,000 grants from Lilly Endowment and the New York-based Mellon Foundation. ULLI’s primary focus will be the historic Indiana Avenue Cultural District.
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Endowment Expands Grantmaking Through Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative
Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved grants to help 21 theological schools in the United States and Canada strengthen their educational programs and enhance their financial viability so they are better able to prepare and support leaders for Christian congregations now and into the future.
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Endowment makes grants to strengthen sustainability of eight human service...
Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved $34 million in grants to eight human services organizations to help them strengthen their long-term financial sustainability plans.
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An Online Hub for Learning and Community Building
With support from a $5 million Lilly Endowment grant, UNCF is launching an online learning platform, HBCUv, where HBCU students and scholars at different institutions across the country can learn and connect.
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National Museum of American History Opens “Discovery and Revelation”
As part of the Religious and Cultural Institutions Initiative, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open the exhibition “Discovery and Revelation: Religion, Science, and Making Sense of Things” on March 18, 2022.
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In Madison, mainline and evangelicals work together to help their churches...
Through the Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative, the Wisconsin Council of Churches convened mainline and evangelical Christians in Madison, Wisconsin to work together for the common good to help their churches thrive.
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Christians, Jews and Muslims experience workplace discrimination differently,...
As part of the Faith at Work research project, supported by an Endowment grant, Rice University has published a new study on findings that Christians, Jews and Muslims experience workplace discrimination differently.
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Lilly Endowment Honors 103 Indiana Educators with Teacher Creativity...
The Endowment is making 103 grants to teachers, principals, media specialists, counselors and other educators working in schools across the state. Grants will fund renewal programs designed to help educators restore their enthusiasm for their profession and stimulate creativity.
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Indianapolis African American Quality of Life Initiative (IAAQLI) Requests Proposals

The National Urban League, Indianapolis Urban League and African American Coalition of Indianapolis have partnered to create a place-based initiative, the IAAQLI. The initiative is made possible by a $100 million Lilly Endowment grant to the National Urban League. On March, 15, 2022, the IAAQLI launched requests for proposals for the first round of funding, which will support projects focused on business and entrepreneurship, education, health and wellness, employment, racial equity in housing development and home ownership, and economic mobility.


Special Report COVID-19: Helping the Helpers

During 2020, the Endowment provided nearly $208 million in grants to support efforts in Indiana and around the country that address a variety of needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This report highlights some of these inspiring efforts.

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