T hrough the Thriving In Ministry Initiative, the Endowment seeks to support charitable organizations – especially organizations committed to supporting pastoral leaders in congregations – located in the United States in developing new or strengthening existing programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as role models and exemplars and guide them through key leadership challenges at critical moments in their ministerial careers. The primary aim is to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and, in doing so, enhance the vitality of the congregations they serve.


This is an open competitive grant initiative. Charitable organizations may submit proposals for up to $1 million that may be used for up to a five-year period to plan and implement programs. While the Endowment is interested in supporting a variety of approaches, it is especially interested in supporting efforts that: 1) attend to key professional transitions in a pastor’s career and/or 2) focus on challenges posed by particular ministry contexts and settings. The Endowment anticipates awarding approximately 30 grants to charitable organizations that submit exceptionally promising proposals that advance the aim of the initiative and demonstrate the capacity of the organization to design, implement and sustain a high-quality program.


Charitable organizations in the United States are eligible to apply. The Endowment is especially interested in proposals from organizations that are committed to supporting pastoral leaders in congregations. This includes – but is not limited to – denominational judicatories, retreat centers, theological schools, colleges and universities, and other faith-based organizations. For more details about the eligibility requirements, please see the Request for Proposals.

Timeline/Submitting Proposals

Proposals are due at the Endowment by June 1, 2018 (postmarked). The Request for Proposals offers details about the initiative and full information about the application process. Please see the additional resource documents below to prepare the grant application.