YTN Capacity-Building Grant

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Expand Your Skills to Lead Youth

High school youth need opportunities to explore their faith, Christian traditions and calling in the world. These young people hold the promise of a more hope-filled future as they lead and serve the church. The Youth Theology Network (YTN) Capacity-Building Grant gives support to expand program leaders’ knowledge, skills, and expertise to accompany youth in their exploration of their purpose, passion, and call. 


Eligibility & Awards

FTE awards capacity-building grants to youth theology programs who received funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. in 2015 or 2016. Recipients receive $5,000 to implement efforts over a 12-month period. Supported activities may include regional gatherings of peers, research on vocation and youth ministry, or the development of related resources. Capacity-building activities should enhance the knowledge, skills, and expertise of program leadership.

Supported activities may include regional gatherings of peers (especially but not limited to YTN leaders from other programs), research on vocation and youth ministry or other topics pertinent to the work of the program, and development of related resources. If you are unsure whether your program is eligible, contact Jodi L. Porter.

“ The fundraising training accessed through the capacity grant was of great assistance in helping the Academy team take next steps for sustainability! ” YTN Program Leader
FAQ

The YTN Capacity-Building Grant is available to YTN programs who received funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. in 2015 or 2016. If you are unsure whether your youth theology program is eligible, contact YTN Coordinator, Jodi L. Porter.

Applications are accepted once annually in early fall. 

Each eligible institute may be approved for one $5,000 YTN Capacity-Building Grant during the course of their YTN grants from the Lilly Endowment.

Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report on their activities 12 months after receiving the award.

The following types of expenses will NOT be supported by a YTN Capacity-Building Grant:

  • capital improvements
  • equipment or technology
  • faculty and staff salaries
  • institute participant fees
  • institute programming
  • development of student leaders
  • indirect or overhead costs

A brief narrative that details:

  • Need. What is one strategic professional development need for your YTN program leadership? Please specify how that need relates to the ongoing work of your youth theology program.
  • Activities and Outcomes. Please indicate the specific capacity-building activity or activities that will respond to your strategic need.Please detail proposed outcomes that show why you want to pursue this activity or activities. Include a brief timeline of proposed activities/outcomes.
  • List of Leaders. Please list the YTN program leader(s) to whom the grant will apply, providing their title with the institution, role with the program, and any other helpful background information.
  • Resources and Materials. What resources and materials do you anticipate utilizing during this grant?
  • Budget: Applicants will complete a budget template, including line item descriptions for how grant funds will be used. (download a sample budget template)

We welcome collaborative grants proposed by up to four programs working together on a single proposal. Please contact Jodi L. Porter for a preliminary conversation in advance of drafting and submitting a collaborative proposal.

Please contact Jodi L. Porter or send a message to us on our contact page.