The Leadership and Connection Grant supports program directors as they expand their expertise to accompany youth in exploring their call.
APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 15
Forum for Theological Exploration will award Leadership and Connection Grants of up to $50,000 to grantees in the Youth Theology Network (YTN). Grant proposals will include activities that either 1) Provide coaching and technical assistance to YTN program directors who need support sustaining their programs or 2) deepen connections and relationships with other YTN program teams.
FTE invites grant proposals from YTN program directors to develop leadership skills and capacities in these areas: marketing, fundraising, recruitment, networking within their institution, networking outside of their institution, alum development, partnership development, and other areas as determined in conversation with FTE’s Director of Community Engagement.
Funds may be used for the professional development of program directors, training and development of their teams, or programmatic efforts to gain skills and experience in the abovementioned areas. Programs may apply jointly and are encouraged to consider using funds for convening other program leaders in their geographic area or affinity.
The YTN Leadership and Connection Grant is available by invitation only to programs that received a High School Youth Theology Initiative (HSYTI) sustainability grant or Lilly Youth Theology Network (LYTN) programs that have remained active in the network. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact FTE’s Director of Community Engagement, Allison Arsenault (firstname.lastname@example.org), before applying. Programs that have previously received a capacity-building grant from FTE can apply as long as they have completed their final reporting. Programs currently holding a grant from the Lilly Endowment are eligible to apply.
Successful proposals will describe the specific leadership needs of the program director or program staff related to sustaining their YTN program. The proposal should identify grant activities and the intended outcomes, detailing the specific impact they hope to achieve through this grant. Proposed activities will strengthen the program staff’s leadership to recruit, fundraise, measure impact, or build partnerships.
Examples could include:
The application will open on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, and applications will be received until April 15, 2024, at 11:59 pm PST. Applicants will be notified of their status by May 15, 2024.
Grantees must submit a mid-year report by January 15, 2025, and a final report detailing their activities by November 1, 2025. Grantees will be invited to share their projects and mid-year learnings with peers at the 2025 Youth Theology Network Annual Gathering.
A brief narrative that details:
The following questions are aimed to guide you in thinking about potential areas where you could strengthen capacity through your grant. Consider the following when preparing your grant application:
A selection committee will evaluate applicants on the following criteria:
Collaboration with other programs is highly encouraged to build leadership and connections across institutions. Programs should apply jointly by submitting one application by the institution that will be responsible for receiving and disbursing funds. Funds could be used for convening program leaders in their geographic area or affinity. Please contact FTE’s Director of Community Engagement with any questions: Allison Arsenault (email@example.com)