Anderson University Receives $250,000 Planning Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.


Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University recently received a $250,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., through phase one of its statewide initiative, College and Community Collaboration.

With the initiative, Lilly Endowment is offering Indiana colleges and universities the opportunity to apply for grants to help them envision and undertake collaborative projects with community stakeholders that enhance the quality of life and place in their surrounding communities.

With the funds, AU will be collaborating with leaders in the city of Anderson, Madison County, local churches, hospitals, education, community stakeholders, and social service providers in a transformative neighborhood revitalization project. The collaboration will involve exploration of a variety of infrastructure and programming projects to enhance the neighborhood surrounding Anderson University and complement planned developments to the east corridor of downtown. 

Funds will be used to contract with project consultants, engineers, and program developers. Additional funds will be allocated to support university administration of the grant and the development of a community partnership center that would serve as the collaboration center for the grant.

“We are excited and honored to be notified as recipients of a $250,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment,” said Anderson University President John Pistole. “The key to this grant is working collaboratively with our many city and Madison County partners to present a clear and compelling proposal that will help us improve the lives of families and individuals who will benefit from additional educational opportunities and quality of life improvements.”

“We will then be able to compete for an implementation grant of up to $25 million, with 70 percent needing to be funded through our collective resources. It’s an exciting opportunity,” said Pistole.

Learn more about Lilly Endowment Inc. online.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.