Frequently Asked Questions

Why did the Foundation select these funding focus areas?

Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis provides financial support (grants) to area congregations and organizations that, in turn, provide the skill, expertise, and care needed to positively impact the lives of hurting people. In 2013, the Foundation’s Board of Directors approved a new strategic funding plan to guide our efforts over five years (2014-2018). The plan reflects the Board’s desire to continue to strategically focus our resources to address critical community needs. Over the course of the plan, the Foundation will focus our philanthropic efforts in the following six Funding Focus Areas:


These Funding Focus Areas complement and build on the Foundation’s rich heritage of improving the care of people by supporting people of faith, particularly Lutherans, as they engage in efforts to improve the physical, mental and spiritual health and wholeness of both the individual and the community. Further, the areas address clearly defined, measurable community needs which cultivate meaningful transformation and will allow the Foundation to better understand and determine our own community impact.

My organization does not address one of the Foundation’s six Funding Focus Areas. Does this mean we are not eligible for funding?
Lutheran Foundation appreciates the important services provided by congregations and organizations in our community. We have chosen to focus our philanthropic efforts in six areas that address clearly defined, measurable community needs that allow us to better understand and determine our community impact. Organizations seeking funding should address one of our six Funding Focus Areas.

When are grants awarded?
Grant Applications may be submitted anytime during the year; however, applications will only be reviewed two times per year as noted below.  An exception is Congregation Mini Grants (up to $5,000) which are accepted, reviewed, and acted upon throughout the year.

 

Application Deadlines Board Decision Dates
December 1 February 28
June 1 August 31

 

When the application deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to the following Monday. Proposals must be received by the Foundation (not post-marked) by the stated deadline. In fairness to all, the Foundation does not extend deadlines for any reason.

What types of grant requests are typically discouraged?
Requests are typically discouraged for, unless invited by the Foundation's Board and staff: deficit financing, specific individuals, scholarships, unrestricted grants, special events/fundraisers, workshops, and seminars.

Does the Foundation award multi-year grants?
Lutheran Foundation is open to providing grant support for more than one year for a particular program (typically awarded annually), although funding for the same program is usually limited to a total of three (3) years.  Tracking and reporting requirements will increase with each subsequent year of funding.  Such grants are most often awarded to organizations with which the Foundation has an existing funding relationship. The Foundation typically decreases the amount of the grant each year to encourage the organization to seek other funding and increase the likelihood that the project will continue after Foundation funding ends. Organizations are encouraged to discuss the possibility of multi-year funding before submitting such a request to the Foundation.

Why did the Foundation add Impact Areas to its Strategic Funding Plan?

Lutheran Foundation has identified three (3) Impact Areas for each Funding Focus Area (except the Lutheran Education funding focus area which is still under development).  These Impact Areas describe, in broad terms, the measurable change within each Funding Focus Area that Lutheran Foundation would like to see in the lives of those served by our Grantees.  In other words, in a perfect world, those served by our grantees, or the grantees themselves, would achieve one or more of these Impact Areas.  Impact Areas allow the Foundation to aggregate outcomes across multiple Grantees to determine our community impact.

Organizations seeking funding from the Foundation must demonstrate how their request will address one or more of a Funding Focus Area’s Impact Areas.  Grant applicants do not need to address all three Impact Areas; more Impact Areas addressed do not necessarily make for a stronger grant request.

See the User’s Guide for additional information.

Why do I have to track client outcomes for longer periods of time the longer I receive funding from the Foundation for my project?

Lutheran Foundation is keenly interested in the long-term impact of our funding on achieving meaningful transformation in the lives of hurting people.  Grant applicants often do a good job tracking short-term, knowledge/skills/attitude changes in clients while they are receiving services.  Fewer organizationsattempt to measure behavioral changes and/or track clients once services conclude .  The Foundation is ultimately interested in longer-term, status/condition changes in clients. 

We recognize that not all organizations are equipped to measure this type of change when initially seeking funding. Therefore, the Foundation allows Grantees time to build this capacity. In each subsequent year of funding for a particular program, Grantees will be expected to increase their ability to measure and report on deeper-level and longer-term client outcomes.  The length of time to be tracked is relative to each service and can be determined by the organization.  The Foundation is willing to help cover evaluation costs associated with tracking clients for a longer period of time.

See the User’s Guide for additional information.

Do I have to meet with Foundation staff before submitting a Grant Application?
Foundation staff welcomes the opportunity to meet with organizations to learn more about your mission and services. For those interested in submitting an application, a meeting is strongly encouraged as it also provides organizations an opportunity to learn more about the Foundation's funding interests. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please contact Melinda K. McAliney, Program Director, at (314) 231-2244 x2.

Do you have to be Lutheran to apply for funding?
While Lutheran Foundation favors funding requests from Lutheran congregations and organizations, any area church or organization that addresses one or more of the Foundation’s six Funding Focus Areas and complements our mission, vision, and core values may submit an application.

Do you award grants to individuals?
Lutheran Foundation does not provide any funding to individuals. Grants are only awarded to organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation in good standing from the Internal Revenue Service.

Are you related to The Lutheran Foundation in Fort Wayne, Indiana or The LCMS Foundation?
No, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis is a separate entity. The Lutheran Foundation located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, provides grants to congregations and organizations in that community. For more information, click here to visit their website. The LCMS Foundation raises money for and supports programs and activities of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. For more information, click here to visit their website.

  

What are the Foundation's office hours?
The Foundation is typically open weekdays from 8:00 am - 4:15 pm.

How can I get a copy of the Foundation’s logo?
Lutheran Foundation can provide an electronic copy of our logo for use in grantee newsletters, annual reports, or other publications. Please contact Melinda K. McAliney, Program Director, for such requests.

Where is the Foundation's office located?
The Foundation is located just off of Interstate 170 in the Region's Bank Building at:

8860 Ladue Road, Suite 200

St. Louis, MO 63124

Directions to our office:

From north St. Louis City: Take Interstate 70 west to Interstate 170 south. Exit at Ladue Road and turn right; pass under I-170. After the first stoplight, take the first right into the building’s parking lot.  (If you come to Hunter Avenue at the second light, you have gone too far.) Pull around to the rear of the building and enter the south entrance. Our office is located on the second floor at the top of the steps.

From north St. Louis County: Take Interstate 270 to Interstate 170 south. Exit at Ladue Road and turn right and pass under I-170. After the first stoplight, take the first right into the building’s parking lot. (If you come to Hunter Avenue at the second light, you have gone too far.) Pull around to the rear of the building and enter the south entrance. Our office is located on the second floor at the top of the steps.

From south St. Louis City: Take Take Interstate 64/40 west to Interstate 170 north.  Exit at Ladue Road and turn right.  Immediately turn right into the building’s parking lot. (If you come to Hunter Avenue at the first light, you have gone too far.)  Pull around to the rear of the building and enter the south entrance. Our office is located on the second floor at the top of the steps at the top of the steps.

From south St. Louis County: Take Interstate 44 west to Interstate 270 north. Take Interstate 64/40 east to Interstate 170 north.  Exit at Ladue Road and turn right. Immediately turn right into the building’s parking lot.  (If you come to Hunter Avenue at the first light, you have gone too far.) Pull around to the rear of the building and enter the south entrance.  Our office is located on the second floor at the top of the steps.

From west St. Louis County: Take Interstate 270 to Interstate 64/40 east. Take Interstate 170 north. Exit at Ladue Road and turn right. Immediately turn right into the building’s parking lot.  (If you come to Hunter Avenue at the first light, you have gone too far.) Pull around to the rear of the building and enter the south entrance. Our office is located on the second floor at the top of the steps.

From Illinois: Take the Poplar Street Bridge (I-64/70/55) and travel west on Interstate 64/40 to Interstate 170 north. Exit at Ladue Road and turn right.  Immediately turn right into the building’s parking lot. (If you come to Hunter Avenue at the first light, you have gone too far.)  Pull around to the rear of the building and enter the south entrance. Our office is located on the second floor at the top of the steps.

Note for persons with disabilities: Please use the entrance on the north/front side of the building and use the elevator located just inside the doors to the second floor. Turn right and go through one door. Our office is on the right near the end of the hall.

I have additional questions. Who should I contact?
Please contact Melinda K. McAliney, Program Director, at 314-231-2244 x2.