Lutheran Grants

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

Our goal is to build and sustain community networks that promote spiritual, mental and physical well-being—and we believe it should start with the church. Through Lutheran grants, we partner with our Lutheran churches, schools and ministries in northeast Indiana. Special consideration is given to programs that address mental and behavioral health and wellness.

Pertinent information

  • Applications must be a minimum of $1,500.
  • Applications requesting funding at 100% of the total cost are not considered.
  • Applications received after the grant deadline will not be considered.

We are eager to discuss your project and advise you on completing a grant application! We encourage you to email our Senior Program Officer Sue Faust to discuss your grant ideas. For help completing a grant application, please email our Senior Program Officer Sue Faust, or call her at (260) 458-2105.

The Lutheran Foundation has a passion for equipping the church to offer help, hope and healing to people living with mental illness. We do that by offering grants for Lutheran church programs that advance mental wellness and reduce the stigma around mental illness.

Grants may be also considered for mission activities such as outreach programming, missions trips, servant events, community and neighborhood outreach efforts, and training opportunities, as well as for ministry enhancement such as strategic planning, technology upgrades, and the addition of new ministry staff. 

    • Applications for mission trips (click here to review the complete Mission Trip Policy):
      • Regional mission trip - up to $200 per person within TLF's 10-county area in northeast Indiana.
      • Domestic mission trip - up to $400 per person to anywhere in the United States.
      • International mission trip - up to $600 per person to anywhere outside the United States.
    • Applications for staff positions:
      • Year 1: Will consider at 75% (salary and benefits)
      • Year 2: Will consider at 50% (salary and benefits)
      • Year 3: Will consider at 25% (salary and benefits)
      • The intent is for the organization to continue the position beyond the third year.
    • Applications for technology: will consider up to 50% of the total cost.
    • Applications for conference attendance: will consider up to $1,000 per person, not to exceed 50% of the total cost.
    • Applications for capital funding:
      • Will consider on a matching basis only.
      • Will consider up to $300,000, not to exceed 50% of the total cost.
      • Only one application can be submitted per project (multiple phases are considered one project).
      • Project must begin within one year of approval date.

    Who is Eligible

    Member Lutheran congregations

    Deadlines

    Fall: Applications are due September 1 (noon); Decisions are made by December 15.
    Spring: Applications are due March 1 (noon); Decisions are made by May 31.
    Summer: Applications are due June 1 (noon); Decisions are made by August 31.

    If the grant deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, it is extended to the next business day at noon. Applications received after the grant deadline will not be considered.

    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. Click here to review application instructions. 
    3. Submit your application by noon of the date required for your grant cycle (detailed above).
    4. Submit all additional required documentation with your application by the deadline.
    5. To continue with an application in progress, click here.

    The Lutheran Foundation's Board of Directors reviews 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

    • These report forms should ONLY be used if your grant was awarded prior to 2020.
    • 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

    • These report forms should ONLY be used if your grant was awarded prior to 2020.
    • Download and complete the LC Final Report-Financial.
      • 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.

      The Lutheran Foundation desires to equip the Lutheran schools in our region with resources to provide counseling services and mental health support for students and their families through Lutheran School grants. We will continue to encourage, promote and support a variety of Lutheran educational endeavors that help to advance excellence in Lutheran education.

      • Applications for new staff positions:
        • Year 1: Will consider at 75% (salary, benefits and initial start-up)
        • Year 2: Will consider at 50% (salary and benefits)
        • Year 3: Will consider at 25% (salary and benefits)
        • The intent is for the organization to continue the position beyond the third year.
      • Applications for technology: will consider up to 50% of the total cost.
      • Applications for conference attendance: will consider up to $1,000 per person, not to exceed 50% of the total cost.
      • Applications for capital funding:
        • Will consider on a matching basis only.
        • Will consider up to $300,000, not to exceed 50% of the total cost.
        • Only one application can be submitted per project (multiple phases are considered one project).
        • Project must begin within one year of approval date.

        Who is Eligible

        18 Lutheran schools associated with our member congregations
        Concordia Lutheran High School
        The Lutheran Schools Partnership

          Deadlines

          Fall: Applications are due September 1 (noon); Decisions are made by December 15.
          Spring: Applications are due March 1 (noon); Decisions are made by May 31.

          If the grant deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, it is extended to the next business day at noon. Applications received after the grant deadline will not be considered.

          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. Click here to review an abbreviated PowerPoint with application completion and submission instructions.
            3. Submit your application by noon of the date required for your grant cycle (detailed above).
            4. Submit all additional required documentation with your application by the deadline.
            5. To continue with an application in progress, click here.

            The Lutheran Foundation's Board of Directors reviews 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

              • These report forms should ONLY be used if your grant was awarded prior to 2020.
              • 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

              • These report forms should ONLY be used if your grant was awarded prior to 2020.
              • Download and complete the LE Final Report-Financial.
                • 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.

              Lutheran School Support Grants encourage each school to grow their endowment for long-term sustainability. These grants are available one time each year.

              Who is Eligible

              18 Lutheran schools associated with our member congregations

                Deadline

                Application is due June 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. Applications received after the grant deadline will not be considered.

                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 noon on June 1.
                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 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.

                Final Reports

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

                Lutheran Ministry grants give us an opportunity to support mental health ministries that extend beyond the work that takes place in our congregations and schools. Through these grants, The Lutheran Foundation supports mental wellness programs that reduce the stigma around mental illness, advance the mission of the church at large and extend the gospel through these Lutheran ministries.

                • Applications for new staff positions:
                  • Year 1: Will consider at 75% (salary, benefits and initial start-up)
                  • Year 2: Will consider at 50% (salary and benefits)
                  • Year 3: Will consider at 25% (salary and benefits)
                  • The intent is for the organization to continue the position beyond the third year.
                • Applications for technology: will consider up to 50% of the total cost.
                • Applications for capital funding:
                  • Will consider on a matching basis only.
                  • Will consider up to $300,000, not to exceed 50% of the total cost.
                  • Only one application can be submitted per project (multiple phases are considered one project).
                  • Project must begin within one year of approval date.

                Who is Eligible

                Previous grant recipients in this category.
                For Lutheran ministries interested in pursuing this grant, please contact sue@thelutheranfoundation.org.

                  Deadline

                  Application is due September 1 (noon); Decisions are made by December 15

                  If the grant deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, it is extended to the next business day at noon. Applications received after the grant deadline will not be considered.

                  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. Click here to review an abbreviated PowerPoint for application completion and submission instructions.
                      3. Submit your application by noon of the date required for your grant cycle (detailed above).
                      4. Submit all additional required documentation with your application by the deadline.
                      5. To continue with an application in progress, click here.

                      The Lutheran Foundation's Board of Directors reviews 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

                      • These report forms should ONLY be used if your grant was awarded prior to 2020.
                      • 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

                      • These report forms should ONLY be used if your grant was awarded prior to 2020.
                      • Download and complete the LM Final Report-Financial.
                        • 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.