Theology Program Grants: Advancing Public Knowledge on Democracy, Race and Religion in America

Funding Agency:
Luce (Henry) Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation’s Religion and Theology Program seeks new ideas for projects that will deepen public understanding of — and promote more productive public discussions about — democracy, race and religion in America. 

The Luce Foundation invites the submission of concept notes from a wide range of knowledge organizations, including community arts organizations, media outlets, museums, colleges and universities, independent seminaries, and other organizations committed to envisioning and building a more open, democratic, and equitable world through critical and creative engagement with religion and communities of faith. 

We define knowledge broadly and aim to support its creation and public circulation in many forms, including (but not limited to) independent media, visual art, film and video, educational curricula, policy analysis, community advocacy, research and scholarship. 


Deadline for Concept Notes: Feb. 15, 2023

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The Foundation especially encourages the submission of ideas for projects that: 

• Deepen and extend efforts to build a more open, democratic, and equitable future 

• Strengthen understanding of the role of religion in movements for racial justice 

• Critically examine connections among religion, racism, and nationalism 


• Intersect with the aims and emphases of related Luce Foundation initiatives, including efforts to amplify AAPI stories, to support Indigenous knowledge makers, and to strengthen the fabric of democracy and civil society

Amount Description

Grants awarded will range from $200,000 to $400,000 and will typically fund work that can be completed in less than five years.

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

External Deadline

February 15, 2023