Counseling Initiative

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IYI is a trusted partner for your school's or district's future.

IYI is pleased to announce the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative Grant for Indiana K-12 students, a project funded through Lilly Endowment Inc. The Counseling Initiative will award up to $30 million in grants for public school corporations and charter schools in two phases:

Planning Grants: Congratulations to the districts selected for a planning grant!

(Planning grant funds are to be used to determine whether to submit an implementation grant proposal and, if so, for the preparation of such proposal.)

Implementation Grants: Due May 19, 2017

IYI is providing district-specific technical support to applicants. IYI will help you create a plan that highlights your students’ needs while incorporating your vision into existing programs and practices. 

Attend IYI's upcoming Lilly Counseling Initiative Grant Summit, packed with vital information about comprehensive counseling and sustainable school improvement. Time will be provided to work on your district's proposal.

Tools for Writing your Grant Application

Lilly Counseling Initiative FAQs

IYI Planning Grant Template

IYI Budget Template

High Hopes, Long Odds

Essentials for Working with IYI

IYI Menu of Services

IYI Intake Form (Single District)

IYI Intake Form (Multiple Districts)

Resources from Lilly Counseling Briefings

IYI Presentation Slides

IYI Counseling Initiative Flyer

IYI Project Life Cycle

Receive more information on the technical assistance IYI will offer by completing the form below, calling 855-244-7175 or 317-275-9049, or emailing your inquiry to

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Gain knowledge about the state of Indiana's counseling, education and workforce development.

  • Tap into data and research on best practice comprehensive counseling models. 
  • Evaluate your current counseling programs and leverage the data in your proposals with IYI's survey tools. (Coming soon!)

Training & Education

Improve and expand your existing counseling efforts through high-quality training and education.

  • Understand the grant guidelines and application process through one of six local orientation briefings, informative webinars, and one-on-one coaching. 
  • Receive training on short- and long-term planning for school counseling through fourteen topical Because KIDS COUNT Conference sessions.


Be part of a statewide movement for college and career readiness and social and emotional health.

  • Let IYI's trained school counseling and fundraising experts review your proposal before submitting your application.
  • Leverage IYI's statewide and national network of educators, community leaders and service providers for planning, implementing and sustaining your innovative counseling initiative. 

Comprehensive Counseling Initiative Grant

Review guidelines and FAQs, download your copy of the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative Grant, and view a video presentation from Lilly Endowment.


Lilly Comprehensive Counseling Initiative Webinar: What You Need to Know

Watch a free webinar overview of the Lilly Endowment Comprehensive Counseling Initiative planning and implementation grants with key information on available support.

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High Hopes, Long Odds

This study highlights the important role effective school counseling could play in addressing disparities between career aspirations of Indiana students and their parents’ understanding of how to achieve those aspirations.