Community Grants

The Lutheran Foundation supports Lutheran and community organizations to advance Gospel sharing and promote mental wellness that silences the stigma of mental illness.

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. 

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 Criteria

  • Application request must be a minimum of $5,000. 
  • Application must explain how the project aligns with one of the focus areas detailed above.
  • Organization can submit only one grant application per year.
  • Organization must be headquartered within the designated 10-county region of northeast Indiana.
  • Organization must have 501(c)(3) status. Fiscal agent requests are not considered.
  • Applications requesting more than 20% of the total cost will not be considered.
  • Multi-year requests will not be considered.
  • 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'd like to discuss your project or need help completing a grant application, please email our Senior Program Officer Sue Faust, or call her at (260) 458-2105. 


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

Applications received after the grant deadline will not be considered.
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).
    • Community Grant Application (The link for the budget form can be found in the application under the Attachments section.)
    • Check back for an abbreviated PowerPoint with application completion and submission instructions
  3. Submit all additional required documentation with your application by the deadline. 
  4. To continue with an application in progress, click here.

Applications are reviewed and grants are awarded by The Lutheran Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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.