National Clergy Renewal Program

Application materials (the “Request for Proposals” or “RFP” document) for the 2019 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs are available below and include a full description of program guidelines and eligibility. Applicants may apply using the print application (the "Request for Proposals" or "RFP" document that may be downloaded as a PDF) or the online application system. The deadline to apply is April 11, 2019. Congregations will be notified as to whether their proposals are to be funded or not by the end of August 2019. Activities funded by a 2019 grant in the clergy renewal programs may begin anytime in 2020.

Request for Proposals (RFP)

The “Request for Proposals” document outlines eligibility requirements as well as the process for submitting a proposal.

• Request for Proposals for the Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program
Fillable Paper Application Pages from the Request for Proposals for the Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program. Please note: download this form and save it to your computer first before entering your information.

To Apply Using the Online Application System

Please use this link each time you log in (instead of bookmarking the login page): click here to log in to the online system

* PLEASE NOTE that this system is best accessed using a desktop or laptop computer and one of the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, or Internet Explorer version 11. This system may be logged into and out of as many times as necessary while preparing an application. However, only ONE (1) user at a time should log into a congregation’s application, and only ONE (1) browser window or tab at a time should be open with an application. We recommend that online applicants prepare and save a copy of application content outside of the online application system. Content may then be cut and pasted into the online system while applicants retain a back-up copy outside of the online system for their files.

Additional Information

The following documents contain helpful information, tips and examples for preparing proposals for submission to this program. Anyone choosing to prepare and submit a proposal in this program should access and download this information by clicking on the links below.

• What makes a high-quality proposal?
• Grace notes 

Watch these videos to learn more about clergy renewal:
• An overview of the programs
• Frequently asked questions