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For assistance with these and other grants, please contact the Office of Parish Development at 847.825.1432 or via email at


Grant name: Worship Renewal Grants Program

Foundation:  Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Grant purpose: This grant program is designed to strengthen and sustain well-grounded worship renewal in congregations throughout North America…[and] intends to stimulate thoughtful and energetic work that will result in worship services that exhibit renewed creativity, theological integrity, and relevance.  Any team of people with leadership roles directly related to the worship life of a congregation, school, church-related organization, or other ministry in North America is encouraged to apply. This includes pastors, educators, church staff persons, church musicians, artists, architects, and scholars.

Grant amount: $5,000 to $12,000 (up to $15,000 for a grant that impacts a large group)

Next deadline: January 10

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Foundation: Virginia H. Farah Foundation

Grant purpose: The Virginia H. Farah Foundation makes grants for the maintenance and growth of the Orthodox Christian Church throughout the world. The Foundation looks for creative projects or programs that can serve as catalysts for progress in their fields and that can have an impact that will continue after the specific project has been completed. The Foundation is seeking programs that reflect new ideas and more effective ways of doing things.  (Note: the Foundation does not currently fund parish building projects.)

Grant amount: $5,000 to $25,000

Next deadline: July 1

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Grant name: National Clergy Renewal Program

Foundation: Lilly Endowment        
Grant purpose: This clergy sabbatical grant program seeks to strengthen Christian congregations by providing an opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection. Renewal periods are not vacations, but times for intentional exploration and reflection, for drinking again from God's life-giving waters, for regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry.

Grant amount: Up to $50,000 (including up to $15,000 for congregational expenses)

Next deadline: April

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Grant name: Pastoral Study Project Program

Foundation: Louisville Institute

Grant purpose:  Program offers pastoral leaders opportunity to conduct serious investigation of issues related to Christian life, faith, and ministry. Requires full or partial leave from ministry duties.

Grant amount:  Up to $15,000

Next deadline: September 1

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Grant name: Project Grant for Researchers

Foundation: Louisville Institute

Grant purpose: The Project Grant for Researchers supports a diverse range of research and research-related projects undertaken in the interest of believing communities. Projects might include short-term periods of research, consultations about one’s research involving pastors and academics, or collaborative, innovative projects that promise to enhance learning and strengthen the church. Particularly attractive to the Louisville Institute are projects that involve both academics and pastors in genuinely collaborative inquiry. All funded projects should involve substantial opportunity for learning that will benefit the church.

Grant amount: Up to $25,000

Next deadline: October 1

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Grant name: Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (and Pastors)

Foundation: Louisville Institute

Grant purpose: The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers assists research and writing projects that will advance religious and theological scholarship in ways that also address practical issues concerning Christian faith and life, pastoral leadership, and/or religious institutions. Ordinarily applicants will be fully employed in accredited academic institutions and will be eligible for up to a full academic year leave from teaching. Pastoral applicants are also encouraged to apply.

Grant amount: Up to $40,000

Next deadline: November 1

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Grant name: Open Hearts Award and Junior Open Hearts Award

Foundation:  Pathways Awareness Foundation

Grant purpose: The Open Hearts Awards program recognizes and grants funds to congregations that welcome people of all abilities into their worshipping community. Winning congregations show outstanding efforts to include people of all abilities and are models for other congregations. The Open Hearts Awards invite adults (or children, for the Junior Open Hearts Award) to submit a video or written description (no more than 2 pages in length) accompanied by electronic photos of how their congregation welcomes people of all abilities into active membership. The video or description with photos must include the details of the planned project the congregation seeks funding for.

Grant amount: Awards of up to $1,000 will be granted to winning congregations to recognize their achievements and to allow them to expand their inclusion efforts.

Next deadline: August 1

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Grant name: Accessible Faith Program

Foundation:  Retirement Research Foundation

Grant purpose: The Accessible Faith Program is designed to assist eligible Chicago-area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, and McHenry Counties) houses of worship to improve physical access that will enable greater participation by older adults in the congregation’s programs, services, and activities. Projects may include installing elevators, platform lifts, or inclined platform lifts; constructing permanent ramps; or renovating restrooms for accessibility in existing buildings; purchase and installation of accessibility-related equipment such as assistive listening systems, automatic door openers, etc.

Grant amount: Grants are awarded for up to 50 percent of a project’s total cost, to a maximum amount of $30,000. Churches must be able to demonstrate financial need as well as the ability to raise sufficient additional funds to complete the project.

Next deadline: June 1

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