In the education division, we strive to help enhance and increase educational attainment and meaningful economic opportunities for the people of Indiana and build the state’s intellectual capital. Additionally, we support on an invitational basis efforts to strengthen higher education access and success for African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans across the United States. We also support youth programs in Indiana that help all young people reach their full potential.

In addition to our regular grantmaking, since March 2020, the Endowment has made special grants to support education and youth-serving organizations that are addressing compelling  COVID-19 pandemic-related needs in their communities.LEARN MORE

New Initiative

Indiana Youth Programs on Campus (IYPC) is a Lilly Endowment initiative designed to help Indiana colleges and universities in their efforts to create new or expand and enhance existing high-quality, on-campus programs for Hoosier youth, ages 5 – 18. Through this initiative, the Endowment is allocating a total of $28.8 million for planning grants and program implementation grants. Indiana public and private colleges and universities that have a physical campus in the state are eligible to participate. LEARN MORE

Lilly Endowment’s Youth Program Resilience Fund (YRPF) is making nearly $25 million available to 297 youth-serving organizations working in 57 counties across every region of Indiana to help address some of the many challenges they face because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Youth-serving organizations supported through YRPF are receiving grants that range from $5,000 to $800,000. Many of these organizations provide afterschool programs and fall break, spring break and summer programs that foster positive youth development and offer critical support to working families. Others provide academic enrichment, sports programs, recreational camps and programs that provide social and emotional support, such as mental health and wellness services, and promote child welfare and safety and homelessness prevention.
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