Human Services Professional Renewal Program

Giving back to those who serve our community


Many generous grants from Lilly Endowment have allowed United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) to create and implement the Human Services Professional Renewal Program. This unique program provides hard-working, dedicated human services professionals with an opportunity to regenerate and reinvigorate themselves, so they can bring fresh ideas and energy to the human care business.


Up to 25 grant award winners will receive up to $10,000 to implement their individually designed plan for personal and professional renewal. UWCI hopes this program will encourage human services professionals to remain committed to their profession, while increasing community attention on the hundreds of professionals who serve our community’s most vulnerable residents.


Applications must be submitted online and are due by noon on Friday, July 12, 2019




Eligible human services professionals must:


  • Be an employee UWCI or a UWCI invited human services organization that is actively engaged in a UWCI collaborative activity; AND
  • Have been employed eight (8) or more consecutive years by a human services nonprofit organization as of the application deadline; AND
  • Have been employed by their current organization five (5) or more consecutive years as of the application deadline; AND
  • Serve clients in the UWCI area of service (Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties); AND
  • Intend to remain in human services work and at their organization for at least two (2) years after the renewal experience.


Applications must be approved by the organization’s executive director. If the applicant is the executive director, board chair approval is required. There is no limit on the number of applicants from each organization.


It is expected that recipients who take a leave of absence will return to their place of employment upon completion of renewal activities.


Applicants must use their award by December 31, 2020, and are expected to participate in a follow-up seminar where activities and knowledge gained from the experience are shared. Recipients will complete interim and final reports detailing expenditures, activities and how their learning increased because of the grant. Previous winners are not eligible for a renewal grant.

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Download the 2019 Guidelines and Application Information

Application deadline: noon on Friday, July 12, 2019
Funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Questions? Contact Julie Koegel at 317-293-7006 or