Vocational Resources Grant Application Guidelines


The Vocational Resources Grant is available to congregations and church-related ministries in the U.S. or Canada that are interested in developing vocational resources and discernment practices for 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.


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 and have the capacity to inspire young adults to explore these deep questions of meaning, purpose and identity.

FTE offers grants to diverse congregations and church-related ministries to develop vocational resources, curriculums, and discernment practices that support young people exploring Christian ministry. These grants help communities establish meaningful approaches to vocational discernment, particularly for those working with young adults who are less familiar with religious and theological language.

Applicants may apply for grants up to $10,000 to develop a 6-12 month 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 6 months and 12 months 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 4 pp.)
  • Project budget (1 p.)
  • Financial information (most recent audit or annual financial statement)


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

  • A commitment to developing a 6-12 month project focused on creating vocational resources, curriculums, or discernment practices that can be used in various settings by individuals working with young adults.
  • A track record or gifts for writing and creating vocational resources, curriculums, or discernment practices.
  • An ability and commitment to develop a robust theological understanding of vocation, particularly for leaders working with young adults who are less familiar with religious and theological language.
  • A commitment to share vocational resources, curriculums, and practices with others through FTE’s online library of resources.
  • A commitment to participate in FTE’s research project on vocation.
  • A commitment to participate in Grantee Learning Cohort conference calls.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Vocational Resources 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
    • Vocational Resource description (no more than 750 words)
    • Key project activities, along with vocational discernment methodology
    • Key leadership and role
    • A strategy for evaluating the project's effectiveness 
  • Vocational Resources Sample
    • For a book, curriculum, or series provide a Table of Contents
    • For a retreat provide an agenda
    • For a video provide a film treatment or sketch

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.