Mentoring for Young Adults Grant Application Guidelines


The Mentoring Grant is available to congregations and church-related organizations in the U.S. or Canada that are working to develop mentoring programs to accompany young adults exploring their vocation and call to ministry.

Note: Organizations who are current FTE Grantees or hold current Lilly Endowment grants that are coordinated by FTE are not eligible.


Young adults find direction and strength from mentors who walk alongside them as they explore their purpose and discern their vocation. Mentors help to ask big questions about what the future might hold, encourage young adults to listen for how they might be called to lead and serve, and inspire them to explore the possibilities for their future.

The Mentoring Grant builds and strengthens the capacity of church leaders to accompany young adults exploring vocation and a call to ministry. These mentors will guide and support future leaders and cultivate space for young people to consider what their vocational journey holds.

Applicants may apply annually for grants up to $10,000 a one-year mentoring project.


The application deadline is February 1, 2021. Please submit applications before midnight Pacific Time on this date. 

Grant recipients are required to provide a mid-term and final report on their activities according to the type of project:

  • One Year Mentoring Projects - 6 and 12-month reports after receiving their award

These are non-renewable grants.


Click here to submit an online application. Complete applications include:

  • Online application form
  • Cover letter (1p.)
  • Proposal narrative (up to 3 pp.)
  • Project budget (1 p.) (Download a sample template)
  • Financial information (most recent audit or annual financial statement)


FTE will evaluate applications using the following criteria. Proposals should demonstrate:

  • Mentors working in a context with young adults open to exploring a vocation and call to ministry.
  • A track record or gifts for mentoring young adults.
  • A desire to expose young adults to ways faith communities can be places where they can make a difference in the world.
  • A realistic plan to continue mentoring efforts beyond FTE’s initial investment.
  • A commitment to participate in FTE’s research project on mentoring.
  • A commitment to participate in Grantee Learning Cohort conference calls.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Mentoring for Young Adults Grant

What should I include in my proposal narrative?

  • Description of the congregation or organization applying (no more than 400 words)
  • Explanation of why engaging youth and young adults in exploring models of pastoral ministry and Christian leadership committed to changing the world is important to your organization, its vision and mission at this time
  • Description of your access to diverse ecclesial networks and/or networks within communities of color; your experience working with these networks; your capacity and commitment to work with diverse networks beyond your own cultural and theological orientation
  • Project description (no more than 750 words)
  • Key project activities, along with vocational methodology
  • Key leadership and role
  • A strategy for evaluating the project's effectiveness 

Where can I download a sample project budget?

Click here to download a sample template. This should be completed and submitted as a part of your application.

I received this grant in the past. Can I apply again?

No, but please take a look at the other grants we offer.

I still have questions about my application and eligibility? Who should I speak to at FTE?

Feel free to contact Heather B.P. Wallace at any point of the application process.