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Lilly Endowment’s Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative is designed to help theological schools strengthen and sustain their capacities to prepare and support pastoral leaders for Christian churches.
Through this three-phase initiative, the Endowment is assisting theological schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in efforts to do the following:
Phase 1: Through Endowment grantmaking, 234 theological schools in the United States and Canada received funding, ranging from $38,676 to $50,000, for planning and assessment purposes.
Phase 2: In this competitive phase, the Endowment made105 grants of between $500,000 and $1 million to theological schools in the U.S. and Canada to implement programs. See Phase 2 Grants List.
Phase 3: In this competitive phase, the Endowment made 16 grants, ranging from $4,999,792 to $7,950,555, that are supporting large-scale collaborative programs involving multiple theological schools, congregations, denominations and other organizations. See Phase 3 Grants List.
Through the Pathways initiative, the Endowment has made grants to the Association of Theological Schools and In Trust Center for Theological Education. They are providing resources to the grantees and convening them in a learning community to encourage innovation and collaboration.