Religion and Theology

Religion and Theology

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.

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.

Responsive Grants

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

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