National Clergy Renewal Program

​Application materials (the “Request for Proposals” or “RFP” document) for the 2020 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 1, 2020. Congregations will be notified as to whether their proposals are to be funded or not by the end of August 2020. Activities funded by a 2020 grant in the clergy renewal programs may begin anytime in 2021.

Request for Proposals (RFP)

The “Request for Proposals” document outlines eligibility requirements as well as the process for submitting a proposal. The link below provides a sample “Request for Proposals” document from the grant cycle which has already passed. Watch here for the November announcement of future opportunities for eligible congregations to apply.

• 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 before entering your information.

To Apply Using the Online Application System

• Access available after November 1, 2019: click here to log in to the online system.

PLEASE NOTE that this system is best accessed using a desktop or laptop computer and latest versions of one of the following browsers: Microsoft® Internet Explorer®, Apple® Safari®, and recent stable versions of Mozilla® Firefox® and Google Chrome™. This system may be logged into and out of while for multiple sessions while preparing an application. However only ONE (1) user at a time should log into a congregation’s application.

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
• Online application overview

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