Advancing Public Knowledge on Race, Justice, and Religion in America
The Henry Luce Foundation’s Religion and Theology Program invites new inquiries for projects seeking to advance public knowledge on the topic of race, justice, and religion in America.
The Luce Foundation encourages the submission of letters of inquiry from seminaries and divinity schools, colleges and universities, and other institutions and organizations committed to enriching public discourse on this topic.
Due no later than February 15, 2021, inquiries must be submitted through the Foundation’s online portal. Grant amounts of $250,000 to $750,000 will be considered, and approved grants will typically fund projects that can be completed in less than five years.
Through competitively-awarded grants, the Luce Foundation aims to support collaborative, experimental, and field-shaping initiatives that enliven the practice of public scholarship on—and promote public understanding of—race, justice, and religion in America. We invite inquiries for projects that seek to rethink received understandings of religion and race in America, to imagine alternative possibilities, and to alter the terms of public discourse.
The Foundation especially encourages the submission of inquiries for projects that will:
- Revisit and interrogate accepted histories of race and American religion
- Critically examine connections between religion, racism, and white supremacy
- Strengthen understanding of the role of religion in movements for racial justice
- Work across religious, racial, cultural, disciplinary, and/or institutional boundaries
- Draw on diverse knowledge communities and amplify underrepresented voices
- Attend to transnational movements, flows, engagements, and influences
- Deepen and extend efforts to build a more just, equitable, and democratic future
Grants may fund a wide range of possible activities, including (but not limited to):
- Public-facing humanities and social science scholarship
- Media initiatives and other forms of public and community engagement
- Support for early career scholars and emerging public thinkers
- Creative uses of digital technologies and new publication platforms
- Multi-institutional collaborations and partnerships of various kinds
Collaborative engagement across sectors and contexts—including religious, academic, media, policy, activist, and/or art communities—is particularly encouraged, and special consideration will be given to proposed projects involving such partnerships.
Should you have questions in advance of completing an inquiry, please e-mail them to email@example.com.
December 1, 2020 – Application portal is open for submissions
February 15, 2021 – Deadline for institutions to complete the letter of inquiry form online
June 30, 2021 (extended) - Deadline for selected institutions to submit full proposals online
December 1, 2021 - Awards are announced
Additional Eligibility Requirements and Restrictions
- Institutions outside of the United States may submit appropriate projects for consideration only if they provide evidence of non-profit status acceptable to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
- Only one inquiry may be submitted per institution.
- Funded projects may begin no earlier than January 1, 2022.
Luce Fund for Theological Education
The Luce Foundation is not currently accepting new inquiries in this grant category. Please watch our website for updates on new funding opportunities.
Launched in 2015, the Luce Fund for Theological Education has supported the development of new models of teaching and learning, research and publication, leadership development and educational program design. The Fund has placed central emphasis on the challenges of public engagement, within and across multiple religious traditions, and in a variety of different contexts.
A full list of projects funded through the Luce Fund for Theological Education can be found in the Foundation’s grants database.
Dr. David Greenhaw, President and Professor of Preaching and Worship, Eden Theological Seminary
Dr. Jan Love, Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Dr. Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies, Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario
Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III, President, Louisville Seminary
Dr. Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
The Religion and Theology Program aims to foster fresh thinking about religion across diverse social and cultural contexts, to expand and diversify critical intellectual engagement with religion in the United States and beyond, and to promote creative public-facing scholarship.
Letters of inquiry can be submitted at any time through the Luce Foundation’s online portal. Should you have questions in advance of completing the Letter of Inquiry, you may e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.