The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

ITMS 50th Anniversary Grants


The International Thomas Merton Society invites applications for grants from ITMS Chapter and affiliates to provide financial support for projects commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Thomas Merton in December 2018. Grants for support, up to a maximum of $2000 each, will be awarded to help defray the cost of organizing a one-day (or longer) regional event in the fall of 2018. Ideally events will be planned to make them attractive to attendees who will be coming from farther afield and might not travel just for a shorter afternoon or evening event.


Awards must be used between September 1st 2018 and December 31st 2018.

Applications will be reviewed by an appointed Committee and approved by the Board. Current ITMS officers and Board members may not vote on their own proposals.


The deadline for applications is December 31st, 2017.


Applications for 50th Anniversary Grants must include the following:

  • a detailed proposal of the project for which the grant will be used and a statement of how the project will contribute to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Merton’s death.

  • a proposed expense budget and disclosure of any other sources of funding awarded or applied for, with amounts received or requested.

Applicants will be notified by January 31, 2018.


After the event successful applicants are required to submit an accurate expense account and a report on the implementation of the project by March 1, 2019.


Completed applications for grants, or requests for further information, should be sent to the ITMS Resident Secretary for forwarding to the Committee Chair:

        Dr. Paul M Pearson,

        International Thomas Merton Society,

        Bellarmine University

        2001 Newburg Road,

        Louisville KY 40205.