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Henry Luce Foundation - Responsive Grants

Amount Note:

With regard to indirect costs, the Foundation allows each of its programs to determine the appropriate rate on a case-by-case basis depending on the nature of the project and the amount being requested. As a general rule, the Luce Foundation prefers to fund only direct project costs.

Eligibility Note:

The program does not provide direct grant support for individuals or individual research projects.

The Luce Foundation’s Theology program aims to advance understanding of religion and theology. Through grants to seminaries, divinity schools, and research universities, the program supports the work of scholars, cultivates the next generation of leaders, and promotes public engagement. The program supports projects whose engagements extend into a variety of settings—from religious communities and academic fields to activist networks and media venues. Emphasis is placed on projects that cross religious, disciplinary, and geographic borders, and on scholarship that is theoretically sophisticated, historically informed, critically reflexive, and practically invested. Particular attention is given to work that rethinks what theology is and reimagines its contemporary significance; to research that creatively examines received assumptions about religion, secularity, and public culture; and to projects located at the intersections of theological inquiry and the multidisciplinary study of religion. 

Letters of inquiry for responsive grants may be sent at any time. Inquiries should be no more than two pages, and should include: a description of the project, its goals and significance; anticipated participants; proposed timeframe; the project’s total budget and the amount requested from the Foundation; and other existing or potential sources of funding. Letters of inquiry should show succinctly how the project emerges from serious interests and work already in progress. They should situate the work within a broader field, indicate how the project will advance that field, and display a commitment to ensuring the work’s long-term sustainability.

Last Updated On: 2017-12-18

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