Open Initiatives


Below is a list of Lilly Endowment initiatives open to eligible organizations that support work within one of the Endowment’s three main areas of focus: community development, religion and education and youth.

Please review the specific eligibility requirements for each initiative to determine if your organization is able to apply. For any questions, please email the distinct address coordinating with each initiative found on the last page of the Request for Proposals.

Open Initiatives

Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative: Through the Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative, Lilly Endowment is inviting museums and other cultural organizations to consider how they could develop exhibitions, educational programs or other activities to provide fair, accurate and balanced portrayals of the role religion has played and continues to play in the United States and around the world. The primary aim of the initiative is to improve the public understanding of religion and thus foster greater knowledge of and respect for people of diverse religious traditions. Concept papers are due by October 30, 2023. LEARN MORE

College and Community Collaboration: Through College and Community Collaboration, Lilly Endowment is offering interested Indiana colleges and universities the opportunity to apply for grants to help them envision and undertake collaborative projects with community stakeholders that enhance the quality of life and place in their surrounding communities. Learn More