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Through the Thriving Congregations Initiative, Lilly Endowment supports charitable organizations in the United States in developing new or strengthening existing programs that will work directly with congregations to help them assess and adapt their ministries to their changing contexts as they move toward a post-COVID-19 pandemic future.
The Endowment is especially interested in supporting programs that help congregations to:
The aim of the initiative is to help congregations thrive by strengthening ministries that help people deepen their relationships with God, enhance their connections with each other, and contribute to the flourishing of their communities and the world. The Endowment anticipates announcing grant awards in late fall of 2023.
Thriving Congregations Initiative 2019 and 2020
In 2019 and 2020 the Endowment made grants to 115 organizations from a wide variety of Christian traditions and diverse communities that support congregational vitality.