The Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities funds several special projects for Network institutions and awards two prizes.
Developed by the Lilly Fellows Program in cooperation with the National Network Board, these projects are intended to advance the overall mission of the Program, and to increase the participation of Network institutions in the activities and formative experiences of the LFP. These projects are held at LFP Network colleges and universities and are organized by faculty and /or administrators from the host institutions.
After the first year of membership in the National Network, all LFP colleges and universities are encouraged to apply for programs supported by the National Network. Applications are screened and grants awarded by the National Network Board.
Mentoring Programs encourage junior faculty to acculturate themselves to the ethos and traditions of a particular Christian institution through the mentoring of senior faculty and academic leaders.
Network Exchange Programs allow network institutions to showcase distinctive projects, programs, or institutes that highlight the Christian or church-related characteristics of their institutions to faculty and administrators from other Network schools.
Regional Collaboration and Conferences Grants invite conversation about issues of church-related higher education among faculty in a particular region, on a single campus, or who share a common concern.
Small Grant Program is a pilot program that makes available to Network Schools a limited number (four to eight) of small grants of $1500 and $3000.
Summer Seminars for College Teachers are three to four-week seminars for faculty from network schools that address issues of major concern to teachers and scholars in church-related higher education.
The Arlin G. Meyer Prize is awarded biennially to a fulltime faculty member from one of the colleges and universities in the Lilly Fellows Program National Network, whose work exemplifies Christian scholarly and artistic practice. The $3000 prize honors Meyer, who served as program director of the Lilly Fellows Program from its inception in 1991 until his retirement in 2002.
The Lilly Fellows Program Book Award honors biennially an original and imaginative work from any academic discipline that best exemplifies the central ideas and principles animating the Lilly Fellows Program. These include faith and learning in the Christian intellectual tradition, the vocation of teaching and scholarship, and the history, theory, or practice of the university as the site of religious inquiry and culture.