The Lutheran Foundation is committed to transforming lives, from head to soul—and our community needs healing. Throughout the 10 northeast Indiana counties The Lutheran Foundation serves, we see brokenness, addictions, relationships in crisis, and pain. And as followers of Jesus Christ, we carry the mandate to emulate His example in offering unconditional love and practical help to those in need of a miracle. As Lutherans, helping others gives us a profound sense of purpose. When we help our community heal by promoting mental wellness, treatment and care, we are embodying Jesus Christ.

Hope for recovery and healing only comes when someone walks your road with you. It comes through relationships and engagement. One of the biggest ways that The Lutheran Foundation is able to offer that hope today is through grants to our Lutheran congregations, schools and ministries, and to community organizations.

Important Guidelines for All Grant Applications

The Lutheran Foundation has a focused vision for the impact it hopes to see in our community. If you are considering applying for a grant, please take the time to read through the following guidelines to make sure your request fits these general parameters.

  • We give priority to organizations that demonstrate the love of Christ by who they are, and by what they do and say.
  • The Foundation only serves organizations within these 10 counties of northeast Indiana: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Our grants are provided in two distinct categories:

Lutheran Grants
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 Lutheran grants are established to foster outreach, support programming, and promote capacity-building ministry opportunities in our Lutheran congregations, Lutheran schools and other Lutheran ministries within our 10-county region. In keeping with the history of The Lutheran Foundation, which was created out of the sale of the former Lutheran Hospital, The Lutheran Foundation particularly desires to support ministry activity that promotes the spiritual, mental and physical health of people in our community. A grant request must be a minimum of $1,500.

Community Grants
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.