Community Grants

When a community is healthy, the vulnerable—the lonely, the sick, the poor, the hopeless—have access to a rich network of care and support. The Lutheran Foundation is committed to building and sustaining community networks that promote spiritual, mental and physical well-being to these populations. Through Community Grants, we invest in organizations that intentionally address the root cause of health needs in northeast Indiana. Special consideration is given to programs that address mental and behavioral health and wellness.

Community Grant Focus Areas

  • Advocate for mental well-being through elevating community awareness and understanding that mental and behavioral health conditions are common, can be debilitating, and are responsive to treatment.
  • Promote early screening, diagnosis and treatment to improve and integrate mental and behavioral care with primary care.
  • Provide access for uninsured or underinsured individuals for physical, mental and/or behavioral health care.
  • Invest in programs that help vulnerable individuals by strengthening resiliency, developing coping skills, and increasing self-worth.

Funding Parameters

  • A grant application must be for a minimum of $5,000. 
  • The application must explain how the project aligns with one of the focus areas detailed above.
  • Only one grant application can be submitted per year per organization.
  • Organization must be headquartered within the designated 10-county region of northeast Indiana.
  • Non-profits must have 501(c)3 status. Fiscal agent requests are not considered.
  • TLF will not consider funding more than 20% of the total cost.
  • TLF will not consider multi-year requests.
  • TLF staff will not meet with grant applicants prior to submission of an application; however, we encourage applicants to call or email any questions.

If you have any questions, email Grants Manager Sue Faust or call (260) 458-2105.

Deadlines

  • Applications are due March 1 (noon). Decisions are made by June 30.

If the grant deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, it is extended to the next business day at noon.

Notification of the grant decision will be emailed by the 10th of the following month.

How to Apply

  1. Review the Focus Areas to ensure your organization aligns with The Lutheran Foundation mission.
  2. Submit your application by March 1 (noon).
  3. Submit all additional required documentation with your application by the deadline. 
  4. To continue with an application in progress, click here.

The Lutheran Foundation's Board of Directors reviews all applications and makes final decisions on all applications. 

How to Report During the Grant Period

Reporting helps us understand how funds are being used and builds closer connections with grant recipients. Grant recipients are required to complete reports throughout the grant period. For information on required reports and deadlines, please reference the Grant Agreement.

Progress Reports

  • Download and complete the Progress Report-Financial
  • Click here to access the Progress Report Narrative.
  • Complete the narrative portion and upload completed financial report prior to submitting.

Final Reports

  • Download and complete the Community Final Report-Financial (previously called BHC Final Report).
    • The information on the financial report must align with the information on the Budget Update submitted.
    • Any variance must be explained for each line item on the report.
  • Click here to access the Final Report Narrative.
  • To submit a report on a grant received through 2016, click here.
  • Complete the narrative portion and upload the completed financial report prior to submitting.

Any incorrect or incomplete reports will affect the release of payments or consideration for future requests.