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.
  • 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

An application must meet the following requirements to be considered for funding:

  • The request must be a minimum of $5,000. 
  • It is recommended that the request amount not exceed 20% of the total cost.
  • The organization may only submit one grant application for the next fiscal year.
  • An application will not be considered if any information is incomplete.
  • An application will not be considered if the submission does not include the required template and attachments.
  • An application for operational support will not be considered if the organization is headquartered outside the 10-county service area.
  • An application for program support may be considered if there is a local office for the organization headquartered outside the 10-county service area.
  • The organization must have a current 501(c)(3) status. Fiscal agent requests are not eligible for funding.
  • An application will not be considered if the organization has any overdue grant reports.
  • An application submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

If you'd like to discuss your project or need help completing a grant application, please email our Program Officer Nan Meyer, or call her at (260) 458-2104. 


  • Click here to access the Grant Portal to begin an application.

Grant Deadline

  • 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