2016 Grant Opportunties

Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice out there calling me to be something I am not. It comes from a voice in here calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.

Thomas Merton

FTE nurtures faithful, wise, courageous leaders for the church and the academy. One way we accomplish this mission is by offering diverse young adults, students and partner organizations financial support and opportunities to develop leadership in the face of complex shifts in the church, economy and theological education. If you have any questions about the opportunities below please email Darlene HuttoPlease read eligibility requirements for each grant prior to applying.

Pastoral Internships

Pastors and congregations play a major role in helping young adults see themselves as leaders of Christian communities. Providing young people with opportunities to try on the mantle of leadership and expanding their imagination about what is possible through the church helps to cultivate future Christian leaders.

FTE provides grants for internships in traditional and new forms of church, introducing young adults to pastoral ministry and congregational ministries engaged in the broader community. Eligible congregations are those that create pastoral leadership and learning opportunities for high school and college students, and that work with young adult volunteers within their community.

Congregational recipients receive up to $20,000 and gather annually with their interns in a community of practice. For more information on eligibility and the application process, click here.


Mentoring for Young Adults

Young adults find direction and strength from mentors who walk alongside them as they explore their purpose and discern their vocation. FTE Mentoring Grants lay a foundation upon which congregations and church-related organizations can support and accompany the next generation of leaders for the church. The Mentoring Grant brings together experienced, gifted leaders who have a history of mentoring to work with talented young adults exploring their purpose and call. These mentors guide and support, cultivating space for young people to consider what their vocational journey holds. FTE awards grants to diverse leaders of congregations and church-related organizations working to develop mentoring programs to encourage and inspire young adults exploring a call to Christian ministry. 

Recipients receive up to $10,000 - $20,000 to develop mentoring programs. Mentors gather annually to share challenges, best practices and mentoring resources. For more information on eligibility and the application process, click here.


Vocational Resources Grant

Often, young adults who are exploring their purpose, passion and call ask questions about what they will do with their life, in light of their faith. Christian communities must be equipped to inspire young adults to explore these deep questions of meaning, purpose and identity. They must have the capacity to help young leaders seek their vocation in Christian leadership as a way to make a difference in the world. FTE offers grants to diverse congregations and church-related organizations to develop vocational resources that support young people exploring Christian ministry. These grants help communities establish meaningful approaches to vocational discernment.

Recipients receive up to $10,000 and gather in a community of practice with other grantees. FTE collects and shares the developed vocational discernment and exploration resources in our growing online library of resources. For more information on eligibility and the application process, click here.