SOLI Grants Available
Awards will help fund creative, collaborative efforts in stewardship education
The Stewardship of Life Institute (SOLI) exists to promote stewardship education in the ELCA, especially with seminarians and first-call leaders. SOLI seeks grant proposals from ELCA seminaries, synods, congregations, and other ministries for projects, workshops, or events that encourage stewardship education. In keeping with SOLI’s mission, proposals of primary interest will be those that assist in seminarian education or first call theological education. Of secondary interest will be proposals that assist in stewardship leadership education among laity and clergy. SOLI is especially interested in proposals that that are repeatable and scalable across multiple constituencies and/or that involve collaboration within the ELCA. SOLI anticipates that its grant funding is part of a budget that includes “skin in the game” by the sponsoring organization and/or participants.
Grants will normally be a one-time award. Funding may be extended for an ongoing project, but applicants must submit a new application after the first year’s award. Reports are expected upon completion of all projects, and must be received before funding is extended.
Grants will be awarded twice each year. Application deadlines are normally March 15 and September 15. Notification of grant awards will generally be made by May 15 and November 15. Grants will normally range from $1,000 to $8,000; in exceptional cases, a grant of more than $8,000 may be granted, up to a maximum of $12,000. Grant proposals must include the application and a detailed budget. If you have any questions, please contact SOLI’s executive director, the Rev. Dr. Martin Zimmann, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for a history of the SOLI grant program.
Click here to learn how to apply for a grant, and to read an FAQ about the SOLI grants.
Click here to read about some projects we’ve funded in the past.
Click here for an application.