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Colleges and universities that are members of NetVUE are already committed to campus activities that encourage vocational exploration by students. These institutions are making significant investments of their own resources to develop and sustain vocational exploration initiatives. In order to support NetVUE member campuses in their work, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided funding to CIC to be used for NetVUE Program Development Grants. Many NetVUE campus leaders have observed that grants for program development at even modest levels would enable their institutions to strengthen and expand existing programs significantly.

This initiative is being administered by CIC with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Current Status

NetVUE Program Development Grants may be requested in amounts ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 for use over two years to deepen, expand, or otherwise strengthen programs that are already underway and supported by the institution itself. Funds may be used for a range of purposes, but not for ongoing faculty and staff costs that the institution is presently providing, capital expenditures, major equipment purchases, or indirect or overhead costs; these expenses are to be covered by the institution. Rather, grants should be used to offset one-time costs of program development and implementation.

In January 2013, awards were given to 33 NetVUE campuses. View summaries of their program initiatives.

In January 2014, an additional 32 NetVUE campuses received awards. View summaries of their program initiatives.

In May 2015, an additional 22 NetVUE campuses received awards. View summaries of their program initiatives.

In May 2016, an additional 19 NetVUE campuses received awards. View summaries of their program initiatives.

In May 2017, an additional 18 NetVUE campuses received awards. View summaries of their program initiatives.

Application Information

Grants will be awarded based on proposals that explain (a) the purpose and goals of the proposed activities and their relationship to the ongoing vocational exploration program of the institution, (b) the extent of institutional support for vocational exploration efforts to date, (c) the proposed enhancements to the program, and (d) the ways in which the NetVUE-supported program would be sustained by the institution after the grant period.

To submit an application, please refer to the invitation and online application form:

Applications for the current round of Program Development Grants are due by September 21, 2018.


NetVUE member colleges and universities that meet all three criteria noted below are eligible to apply for funding:
  1. They do not currently hold another NetVUE grant;    
  2. They did not receive a Vocational Exploration Renewal Grant; and 
  3. They were not awarded a Program Development Grant within the last five years (i.e., any previous grant must have been concluded by early 2015).  
Institutions that were part of the Lilly Endowment’s Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV) program are eligible to apply as long as they meet these same criteria.

This is the sixth round of selection for NetVUE Program Development Grants. In the first five rounds, CIC awarded grants to 124 NetVUE members. Up to 25 awards will be made in this round. The application deadline for the sixth round is September 21, 2018. Decisions will be announced by November 16, 2018. Funds will be dispersed by May 1, 2019, for use between May 1, 2019, and April 30, 2021. An interim report will be due on March 31, 2020, and a final report will be due on June 15, 2021.

Contact Information

Questions about this initiative can be addressed to Lynn Hunnicutt, assistant director of NetVUE, at or (253) 535-7644, or to David Cunningham, director of NetVUE, at or (616) 395-6750.