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Early Learning Indiana Launches Early Years Initiative
With support from $50 million in program and statewide grants from Lilly Endowment, Early Learning Indiana announced the launch of the Early Years Initiative, which will provide grants to help organizations in Indiana strengthen their efforts to support the development of very young children.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases Book on...
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture released a new book of photographs and essays exploring the dynamic ways African Americans have engaged in the practice of religion and spirituality from the 19th century to the present.
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$3M Grant Awarded to First Baptist Church Restoration Project
A project to examine, reconstruct and interpret the Historic First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, will benefit from a $3 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
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Lilly Endowment Honors Indiana Educators With Teacher Creativity Fellowships
The Endowment is making grants to 102 Indiana K-12 educators to renew their own curiosity and capacity to learn through the Endowment’s Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program.
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Initiative Seeks to Strengthen Quality of Life and Place in Indiana...
Eligible Indiana colleges and universities have the opportunity to envision and undertake collaborative projects with community stakeholders to enhance quality of life and place in their surrounding communities.
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Lilly Endowment Launches New Round of Initiative to Help Congregations Thrive
Lilly Endowment Inc. invites organizations that support Christian congregations to participate in the second competitive round of a national initiative to strengthen churches by helping them adapt to rapid changes affecting their ministries.
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A $30 Million Grant Will Support Character Education Efforts at Colleges and...
With Lilly Endowment funding, Wake Forest University is helping to build a national higher education network devoted to character education and strengthening the university's Program for Leadership and Character.
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Initiative Seeks to Strengthen Indiana Youth Organizations
Lilly Endowment Inc. is launching a new initiative to help youth-serving organizations in Indiana strengthen their efforts to promote the academic, physical and social wellbeing of young people, ages five through 18.
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Grants Will Help Historic Black Churches Nationwide Preserve their Structures...
The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund announced that 35 churches are receiving first-round grants through of its Preserving Black Churches program.
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D-Day Prayer Plaque Unveiling at the National World War II Memorial
A $2 million Lilly Endowment grant is supporting the addition of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer to the World War II Memorial and the restoration of the “Circle of Remembrance” – the area where the prayer will be placed.
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Endowment Makes Capacity Building Support Grants to Indianapolis Human and...
Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved $41 million in grants to help 28 human services organizations in Indianapolis strengthen their ability to assist individuals and families in Marion County who are facing a variety of challenges.
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Grants Totaling $80 Million Will Fuel Investments in Indianapolis Parks...
Grants by Lilly Endowment, totaling $80 million, will go towards supporting improvements at 42 locations across the Indy Parks system.
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Endowment makes capacity building support grants to Indianapolis human and social service organizations

The three-year grants, totaling $41 million, will help build operational capacity at 13 neighborhood community centers across the city, two organizations that provide support for immigrants and refugees and 13 organizations that help individuals and families facing issues such as food insecurity, housing instability, domestic violence and substance use disorder.


Grants are expanding effort to help cultural institutions strengthen the public understanding of religion nationwide

Grants totaling more than $39 million will support a range of organizations that include the King Center in Atlanta, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. This is the second round of grants the Endowment has made through its Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative.

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