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Museums receive $43M in Lilly Endowment grants

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INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a total of more than $43 million to 18 museums and cultural institutions across the country. The organization says the funding will be used to develop exhibitions and education programs that “fairly and accurately portray the role of religion in the U.S. and around the world.”

The grants range from $500,000 to $2.5 million with one exception, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, receiving $8 million. The grants were awarded as part of Lilly Endowment’s Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative.

“These organizations will use the grants to help visitors understand and appreciate the significant impact religion has had and continues to have on society in the United States and around the globe,” said Christopher Coble, vice president for religion at Lilly Endowment. “Our hope is that these efforts will promote greater knowledge about and respect for people of diverse religious traditions.”

Among the recipients are The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, and the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame.

You can view the full list of recipients and the projects the grant funding will support by clicking here.