Lilly Endowment Awards FPU Nearly $1-Million Grant

Fresno Pacific University has received a grant of $990,280 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish the New Skills for a New Era Initiative at the Center for Community Transformation (CCT). Lilly Endowment is making nearly $93 million in grants through the initiative to support organizations as they help congregations gain clarity about their values and missions, explore and understand better the communities they serve and draw upon their theological traditions as they adapt ministries to meet changing needs.

The grant will build on and expand aspects of CCT work in the Valley, in particular equipping churches and organizations to address issues including unemployment, violence, isolation from the civic process, vulnerability to predatory lending, lack of access to leadership development and educational inequities. The initiative places special emphasis on mobilizing and equipping urban and rural Spanish-speaking congregations, as well as diverse, English-speaking urban and rural congregations focusing on underserved neighborhoods. More at