At its Fall 2012 meeting, the board awarded six small grants to Benedictine University, Bethel University, East Texas Baptist University, Westmont College, the University of St. Francis, and Villanova University.
Benedictine University - Benedictine Faculty Forum (BFF)
Benedictine University’s Small Grant Program consisted of a two-year program pairing senior and new faculty in a mentoring relationship, which began with the 2012-2013 academic year. The program was designed to build a supportive community at Benedictine University, provide professional development, and give time for faculty to reflect on individual goals and to consider “spirituality and contemplation as valuable tools in life.” The Benedictine Faculty Forum, centered in the Benedictine tradition, gave participants an opportunity to consider leadership roles at the university. The program continued for a third year beginning the fall 2014.
Bethel University - The Pietist Idea of a Christian College
Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) designed its Small Grant Program to explore what its pietist identity meant to its faculty. In June 2013 a group of current and former Bethel faculty held a two-day workshop on “The Pietist Idea of a Christian College,” discussing the history of Pietism and its implications for teaching, scholarship, mentoring, service, and life together at Bethel. Coming out of that workshop, most participants then spent the summer and fall writing chapters for The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons, edited by Christopher Gehrz and published in 2014.
East Texas Baptist University - Human Rights, Reconciliation and Restorative Justice: East Texas and the World
Starting in the spring of 2013, East Texas Baptist University began preparation for its yearlong Small Grants Program, Human Rights, Reconciliation and Restorative Justice: East Texas and the World, with a lecture series. This was followed by a yearlong schedule of events, from lectures, to roundtables and chapel events that brought the community, local Baptist churches, and East Texas Baptist University together in dialogue about racial and economic justice in the classroom and beyond. The director reports a real impact from the program on the campus/community ties and the classroom.
University of St. Francis - USF San Damiano Scholars
At a time when the presence of Franciscan Sisters at the University of St. Francis declines, the university sought with its Small Grant Program to enliven its connection to the Catholic and Franciscan identity and connect to other Franciscan institutions sharing a common mission by revising its San Damiano Scholars program. With the Lilly Small Grants program, the University of St. Francis with a core group of ten to twelve faculty and administrators have now broadened the impact of the San Damiano Scholars, who are “are called to support and lead” the effort to enliven the Catholic mission and Franciscan identity on the campus of the University of St. Francis. One way the directors of this Small Grants Program wished to strengthen the Franciscan identity of the campus was to encourage more faculty to participate in the Association of Franciscan Colleges and University Franciscan pilgrimage to Assisi and to sharing the fruits of the experience. To help accomplish this goal, the Lilly Small Grant funded two faculty members’ pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome. Those who participated in the pilgrimage returned to campus and hosted a forum and led discussions related to their experiences and the Franciscan mission. As a result of the program, Franciscan spirit is more tangible on campus, stimulating conversation around the campus’ Catholic, Franciscan identity. By participating in the San Damiano Scholars and the AFCU pilgrimage, the University of St. Francis participates in collaborative efforts with other Franciscan colleges and universities, which further develops the Catholic and Franciscan identity on campus.
Villanova – Faculty Dialogue Luncheon
Villanova University’s Faculty Dialogue Luncheon began with the 2013-2014 academic year and continues into 2014-2015. Participants gathered eight times throughout the course of the 2013-2014 academic year around one of two themes: Exploring our Faith and Teaching as a Vocation. The luncheons brought together diverse populations across the campus, but also each lunch drew together people from similar points in their careers at Villanova. For example, one included Deans of colleges while another luncheon was for newer faculty. The lunches also gave faculty an opportunity to participate and build community in ways that they had not had at Villanova.
Westmont College – Faith-Learning Faculty Roundtable
Westmont College’s Faith-Learning Faculty Roundtable was designed to survey a representative sample of students to determine the extent of understanding and incorporation of the institutions mission. Faculty roundtables, then, studied and discussed the findings of the survey. These roundtable meetings helped faculty to identify, discuss, address, and assess recurrent issues and deficiencies in student faith learning.
Read more about previous small grants programs here.
The Application Process:
LFP National Network Institutions are invited to apply for small grants of $1500 and $3000 to stimulate conversation about church-related higher education and church-related mission on their campuses or among church-related institutions in close proximity to each another. The LFP hopes these grants will extend and strengthen the LFP’s national conversation about church-related higher learning and mission within and among our network campuses. The Small Grant program is designed to fund new programs on network campuses rather than supplement ongoing ones.
Proposals must be submitted by LFP campus representatives by September 15 of each year. Activities funded will take place during following academic year. The next application deadline for Small Grants to fund programs in the 2016/2017 school year is September 15, 2015.
Examples of programs that might be funded include but are not limited to:
On-campus reading or discussion groups for faculty or administrators on church-related mission, faith and higher education, faith and the academic vocation, etc.
- Workshops for faculty and administrators on church-related mission or the academic vocation.
Funds might be used to secure supplies, to provide faculty incentives, to provide travel, or honoraria for speakers.
Grant recipients are required to provide a thorough assessment of the program to be submitted in a report to the LFP upon completion of the funded program. Plans for this assessment should be included in the proposal.
Required Application Materials:
Please include an estimate of how many members of the campus or campuses will be involved, a description of how the program will be structured, monitored, and evaluated, and an indication of the need and support for this program on the host campus (including how the funded activity fits into other related efforts currently on your campus). Proposals for reading groups should include a potential reading list.
Please direct any questions to:
Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts
1320 Chapel Drive South
Valparaiso, IN 46383