The Lilly Endowment is pleased to announce a new grant program for Theology Institutes for High School Youth. The immediate aim of this grant program is to deepen the faith of young people by helping them think theologically about their lives as well as the challenges faced by our global community. The ultimate aim is to identify and cultivate a cadre of theologically minded youth who will become leaders in church and society.
Accredited four-year colleges and universities — especially those with strong theology faculties and clear commitments to support religious life on their campus — are invited to submit proposals of up to $600,000 each to create or enhance theology institutes that provide high school youth with opportunities to 1) explore in-depth sacred scriptures and theological traditions and examine the moral and ethical dimensions of contemporary challenges; 2) draw on the wisdom of their religious tradition as they make decisions about their futures; and 3) consider vocations in full-time ministry and religious leadership. The Endowment anticipates awarding 20 grants to colleges and universities that demonstrate the readiness to design and launch high-quality Theology Institutes for High School Youth.
Schools interested are to send an Interest Form postmarked by June 19, 2015. Full proposals must be postmarked by August 14, 2015.
Guidelines, forms, and additional information may be found at http://www.lillyendowment.org/religion/youththeology.html.