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, 2018. See below for the application process.
Current Small Grant Programs
At its Fall 2016 meeting the LFP National Network Board awarded Small Grants to Saint Louis University for "SLU Programs for Jesuit History, Identity, and Mission" and to Westmont College for "From All Tribes and Peoples and Languages"
Recently Completed Small Grant Programs
Gustavus Adolphus College, “Orientation Booklet on the Lutheran Heritage of Gustavus Adolphus College”
This project aimed to produce background material for newcomers and visitors to the school about the college’s mission, identity, and Lutheran Heritage. Thirty-three short essays by staff and faculty, along with an introduction and appendix, were collected and edited into the volume Rooted in Heritage, Open to the World: Reflections on the Distinctive Character of Gustavus Adolphus College (Lutheran University Press, 2017). The book provides information specific to Gustavus, but also serves as a model for those at other institutions who are looking to do something similar at their own schools. Especially noteworthy is the fact that this book articulates the school’s mission and religions heritage in language drawn from the whole campus community.
University of the Incarnate Word, “Conversations on Service Learning and Engaged Scholarship Considering the Mission of the Incarnate Word Founders to the Vulnerable”
At the University of the Incarnate Word, sixteen faculty membersparticipated in a series of conversations on service learning and scholarship of engagement in regard to the Incarnate Word Sisters’ most recent corporate stance, a commitment to research, education, advocacy, and action against human trafficking. The Sisters, the founders of the university “were motivated by the love of God and their recognition of God's presence in each person.” The faculty conversations led them to information, methods, and then engagement of their students through research writing, advocacy, and/or service projects related to human slavery.
The conversations provided an atmosphere in which faculty became comfortable enough to share deep feelings of compassion for those caught in trafficking, strong desires to motivate students to ethical action, and statements of how faith can give strength and courage beyond ourselves to confront these challenges. Faculty beautifully expressed that our community MUST research, learn, and act because we are “of the Incarnate Word.” God’s compassion has come to earth, has taken flesh. Faculty held the university mission statement “to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens” as a serious responsibility.
Faculty also learned through on-line resources and helped develop a blog “Speaking for Human Dignity, Standing Against Human Slavery.” The strong commitment of the faculty from Business, Communication Arts, Education, Fashion Management, Interior Design, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Spanish led students to develop education and advocacy programs in many fields. A Media Ethics teacher noted the value of this focus on human slavery “opening our eyes to issues whichneed much light shone upon them---be it Christ light, or the light that the media produces by way of knowledge.”
Read more about previous small grants programs here.
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 2019/2020 school year is September 15, 2018.
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.
- Lectures or a lecture series connected to reading groups or workshops on church-related mission or the academic vocation.
- Discussion groups, workshops, or exchanges of best practices regarding church-related mission or the academic vocation among campuses in close proximity.
- Peer mentoring for administrators or junior, mid-career, or senior faculty.
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:
- Cover Form (available here)
- Description of the Program
- Preliminary schedule of events for participants
- Projected budget
- CV of the Director
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