Grant Guidelines

Grant Guidelines

October 11, 2018


A Christ-centered ministry of the member Lutheran congregations in northeastern Indiana dedicated to demonstrating the compassion of Christ by promoting, improving and enhancing the quality of life of the individuals, families, congregations and communities whom they serve.

What We Do

The Lutheran Foundation invests in organizations that help individuals improve their spiritual, mental, and physical health in northeast Indiana.

 Grant Categories

  1. Partnering with the Lutheran Community

As a Christ-centered ministry of the member Lutheran congregations, The Lutheran Foundation is dedicated to partnering with our Lutheran community in demonstrating the compassion of Christ by encouraging mission and ministry expansion by the Lutheran community.  The “Partnering with the Lutheran Community Grants” are established to foster outreach, support programming, and promote capacity-building ministry opportunities in Lutheran congregations, Lutheran schools and other Lutheran ministries within our 10-county region.  In honoring the history of The Lutheran Foundation, created out of the sale of the former Lutheran Hospital, The Lutheran Foundation particularly desires to support ministry activity that promotes the mental, physical and spiritual health of people in our community.  A grant request must be a minimum of $2,500. 

  1. Building a Healthier Community

A healthy community is one that promotes positive spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. The Lutheran Foundation is committed to building healthier communities by investing in organizations whose purpose is to address the root cause of health needs in our communities.  A grant request must be a minimum of $5,000. 

Additional Information

We give priority to organizations that demonstrate the love of Christ by who they are, and by what they do and say.

While the Foundation’s primary interest is in improving spiritual, mental, and physical health, it recognizes that a broad range of programs and projects may benefit the people of northeast Indiana. The Board may, therefore, award grants that help the community in other ways.

Although it is not a priority, the Foundation is willing to consider funding capital projects undertaken by Lutheran congregations and nonprofit organizations. Capital is defined as buildings and any change to structures, including affixed items.  Funding requests for maintenance and repairs may not be considered.

The Foundation primarily serves 10 counties in northeast Indiana: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.

Grant applications will not be accepted for projects that have been completed, deficit financing, fundraising, promotional items and individuals.

The Lutheran Foundation will not fund medical procedures which are destructive of life or programs which encourage them.

The Lutheran Foundation Board of Directors may from time to time expand upon their understanding and interpretation of these guidelines and may also make exceptions at their discretion.