Private Funder: Louisville Institute; Opportunity: First Book Grant for Minority Scholars; Funding Focus: Christian faith and practice; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Up to $40,000 each; Deadline: Jan. 15.
Summary: The Louisville Institute’s Religious Institutions Grants offer financial support for research projects that contribute to a greater understanding of contemporary challenges facing religious institutions. The institute, a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at the Louisville Seminary, supports year-long sabbatical research and writing projects that will advance religious and theological scholarship.
The First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars assists junior, non-tenured religion scholars of color to complete a major research project on an issue in North American Christianity related to the priorities of the Louisville Institute. Grant periods are typically one academic year in length.
Proposed research projects may employ a variety of methodological perspectives including: historical, systematic and practical theology; the social sciences; history; ethics; and biblical studies. Projects involving both academics and pastors in genuinely collaborative inquiry are particularly attractive to the institute. All funded projects should involve substantial opportunity for learning that will benefit a church. All applicants should make clear how their project will contribute to the life of churches in North America.
The Louisville Institute offers three other funding programs (http://tinyurl.com/767xsnj): Pastoral Study Project (Deadline: September) and the Project Grant for Researchers (Deadline: October). To get a sense of worthy projects, please visit http://tinyurl.com/khbso4q.
Keep in mind: The African American Male Achievement is a major movement right now. The movement seeks to improve outcomes for at-risk African American young males and men through providing improved services. Private funding is available from several foundations for these types of activities, and the federal government is getting involved through the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Faith-based groups are seen as crucial in the success of these programs, because of their prowess in reaching inner-city youth. .