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. The current deadline for the submission of applications is September 15, 2015. See below for the application process.
At its Fall 2013 meeting, the board awarded small grants to Belmont University, Duquesne University, Gordon College, Hope College, and Mount Saint Mary's University.
Current Small Grant Programs
Belmont University “Courage and Renewal: Circle of Trust® approach Program” Director, Judy Skeen
Belmont University seeks in this yearlong program to answer this question: How can educators create classroom experiences where integrity is chosen from inside out?
Duquesne University, “Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability: Explorations at a Spiritan Catholic University”
Directors, Darlene Fozard Weaver and Maureen O’Brien
Duquesne University program will fund six faculty to participate in six meetings over the 2014-15 academic year to enhance interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration on ecological and sustainability initiatives by faculty across the university while drawing on their varied areas of expertise. It will also integrate Spiritan Catholic mission for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation more fully into faculty’s research and teaching, thereby weaving them more fully into the awareness and academic engagement of undergraduate students and faculty as part of DU’s mission and it will provide faculty with a collegial setting in which to develop a specific area of their research or teaching related to environmental stewardship or sustainability.
Gordon College, “Young Scholars and Vocation” Discussion Group
Director: Bruce G. Webb
Gordon College seeks support for a small-group discussion seminar with young scholars. They have chosen to focus our attention on young scholars, some of whom are already in pursuit of or in possession of advanced degrees, others who are in earlier processes of discernment, but who want to explore a calling to church-related higher education in more depth. These young scholars would benefit from time with one another and with more seasoned scholars around common readings and discussion.
Hope College, “Robust Ecumenism at Hope College”
Director: Steven Bouma-Prediger
Hope College's program will develop a larger conversation at the college on "robust ecumenism." They plan to extend the conversation to the Lilly Network by hosting a conference in 2015-2016 on the promise and challenges of genuine ecumenicity in Christian higher education.
Mount St. Mary’s University, “Gaudium et Spes, Then and Now: A Faculty Dialogue,” Director, Joshua Peter Hochschild
Mount St. Mary's University aims to engage members of its community in reflection on the 1965 Pastoral Constitution, Gaudium et Spes, on the occaision of its 50th anniversary. They intend its dialogue series, "Gaudium et Spes: Then and Now," to develop its faculty and its curriculum.
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 plans to conduct the “Benedictine Faculty Forum” (BFF), a pilot program designed to build community among mid-career, newly-tenured faculty at Benedictine University who face many challenges as they negotiate their new roles in the university community.
Bethel University will undertake its program, “The Pietist Idea of a Christian College: Bethel University,” a summer workshop in which participants will discuss the history of Pietism and the development of Bethel University. The workshop will generate new writing projects that will contribute to the literature of Pietism and higher education.
East Texas Baptist University’s small grant, “Human Rights, Reconciliation, and Restorative Justice: East Texas and the World,” is a multidisciplinary program conducted across the university to address “the broad local, national, and international issues of human rights and reconciliation, law enforcement, and restorative justice.” It will be a year-long program involving presentations, a common reading among faculty, and integration of ideas into courses across the disciplines of the university.
Westmont College will conduct a “Faith and Learning Faculty Roundtable Project” throughout the 2013-2014 academic year to deepen the college’s understanding of student learning in relation to institutional learning outcomes. The Roundtable is also designed to promote pedagogical discussions and familiarizing the college community with the best practices of faith-learning on campus and nationwide.
The University of St. Francis will use its small grant to support “The USF San Damiano Scholars,” that will enhance the understanding of the Franciscan charism as it impacts faculty and students in higher education. The program will include a pilgrimage to Assisi, brown-bag discussions on the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, first year Core students’ seminars, the Franciscan Scholar Forum and the Francis and Clare Symposium, student scholarships intended to support a pilgrimage for Educators of Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, and mentoring of future pilgrims.
A small grant will support Villanova University’s “Faculty Luncheon Dialogues” for the 2013-2014 academic through its Center for Faith and Learning. The luncheon series will explore ideas of vocation, teaching, and world religions and draw from multiple disciplines including political science, mathematics, and business from within the Augustinian tradition.
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