Religion/Spiritual Values Grants

The 2025-2027 Grant Cycle will open in the Fall of 2024

Indiana University Health Values Fund for the Integration of Spiritual and Religious Dimensions in Healthcare

The Daniel F. Evans Center for Religious and Spiritual Values in Healthcare will announce the 2025-2027 Religion/Spiritual Values Grant Cycle in the Fall of 2024. Funding up to $50,000 per year for two years is available as well as smaller $10,000 grants.

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Who can apply?

Applicants must be employees of IU Health or physicians and health professionals with staff privileges at any IU Health entity (i.e. sleep labs, clinics, hospitals).

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Application and Instructions

Information is available here:
IU Health Team Portal / Internal Grants
OR email to request the 2024 Religion/Spiritual Values Grants Application and Instructions for the new 2025-2027 grant cycle.

Submit completed documents via email to:

Optional Letter of Intent Deadline:
Application Deadline:

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Relationship to Values

Religion/Spiritual Values Grants represent an expression of IU Health’s core values. Applicants are expected to show the significance of their project as it relates to the IU Health values and the benefit it could bring to the IU Health system.

IU Health Values Are the Core to Who We Are and the Work We Do:


We work to do good in the lives of others, find meaning, is our heart and soul.


We do our best at all times and in new ways.


We treat people with respect, kindness and empathy.


We count on and care for each other.

IU Health provides patient care to the whole patient, mind, body and spirit. We define spirituality broadly, based on the international consensus definition:

Spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred.

The Joint Commission on Accreditation has emphasized spiritual care as a vital part of the mission of health care institutions. The Values Fund offers a unique resource that allows us to fulfill our mission and uphold our values.

Recent Grants

Family Support Program

Project Director:

Kelsey Miller, MHA, MLD

Department of Clinical and Organizational Ethics

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Integrating Spiritual Practices in Addiction Treatment: Transforming Reluctance into Recovery through an Inclusive Approach to the Concept of a Higher Power

Project Director:

Linda Daniel, PhD

IU Health Ball Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center

A Collaborative Community of Practice—Congregations and IU Health Addressing  Social Impediments to Health Together

Project Director:

Shadreck Kamwendo

Congregational Care Network, IU Health Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Department

Caring for Communities of Faith in Times of COVID: Exploring Faith Leader Perspectives on the Impact of the Pandemic on Spiritual Communities Across Indiana

Project Director:

Anastasia Holman, M.Div., MBA, ACPE, Certified Educator

Spiritual Care, Chaplaincy Services and Congregational Partnerships

Optimizing the Patient Goal Exercise, a web-based resource to enhance end-of-life communication and deliberation

Project Director:

Larry D. Cripe, MD

Department of Palliative Care / Hematology-Oncology, Indiana University Health

A Pilot Study of the Effect of Chaplain Decision Coaching on Periviable Resuscitation Decision Quality

Project Director:

Brownsyne Tucker-Edmonds, MD

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indiana University Health

Addressing the Spiritual Needs of Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and their Caregivers

Project Director:

Kelly Mathis, MDiv, BCC

Indiana University Health, Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services

Chaplain Led Post Code Debrief

Project Director:

Kelly Mathis, MDiv, BCC

Indiana University Health, Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services

Describing the Lived Experiences of Hospitalists Who Are International Medical Graduates or Underrepresented Minorities: Opportunities and Challenges to Improve Patient Care at IU Health

Project Director:

Areeba Kara, MD, Hospitalist

Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital

Feasibility, Acceptability and Preliminary Effects of the Spiritual Care Assessment and Intervention (SCAI) Framework for Adults with Advanced Cancer and Their Caregivers: A Clinical Pilot Trial

Project Director:

Alexia M. Torke, MD, MS

Director, Daniel F. Evans Center for Spiritual and Religious Values in Healthcare, Indiana University Health  
Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University  
Associate Director, Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Improving Knowledge of the Spiritual and Emotional Experiences and Needs of Parents with Fetuses Diagnosed with a Life-limiting Condition and Receiving Care in the Riley Fetal Center

Project Director:

Zeynep Salih, MD, MA

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

Kenya Project in Eldoret, Kenya, Africa Includes: National Chaplaincy Training Center of Kenya at Moi University in Eldoret Hospital Based Spiritual Care of Kenya Mothers: The Role of Chaplaincy at the Riley Mother and Baby Hospital of Kenya

Project Director:

Senthilkumar Sadhasivam, MD, MPH, FASA

Anesthesia Department, Indiana University School of Medicine

The Feasibility and Acceptability of the Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC) to Improve the Spiritual Care of Patients in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Project Director:

Alex Lion, DO MPH

Pediatric Hematology / Oncology, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

Vital Signs: Measuring, Tracking and Responding to Clinicians’ Moral Distress

Project Director:

Lucia D. Wocial, PhD, RN, FAAN, HEC-C, Nurse Ethicist

School of Nursing, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis