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

Nurturing Children Through Worship and Prayer Initiative:  Through Nurturing Children Through Worship and Prayer Initiative, the Endowment is inviting eligible organizations submit proposals to establish new and/or enhance existing programs that support congregations as they design intergenerational corporate worship services and prayer practices that more intentionally and fully engage children and nurture their faith.  Learn more

GIFT VIII:  Through the eighth round of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow, Lilly Endowment is offering community foundations three funding opportunities to 1) grow their financial resources to promote long-term viability and sustainability; 2) further strengthen their leadership capabilities; and 3) develop and implement strategic programs, projects and initiatives that enhance their communities’ quality of life. 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