Supporting Foreign-Born Populations

Funding Strategy

Funding Goal

To assist foreign-born individuals and families in achieving self-sufficiency, financial stability, and economic mobility, thereby enabling them to succeed and contribute to the community.


Target Population

Our grant support will focus on congregations and organizations who serve foreign-born populations (including immigrants, refugees, and asylees) and their families residing in the St. Louis metropolitan region.


Impact Areas

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 Grantees.  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 program will address one or more of the following Impact Areas:


  • Impact Area #1: Foreign-born individuals will maintain or experience improved mental, physical, and/or spiritual health.
  • Impact Area #2: Foreign-born individuals will improve their social and economic well-being.
  • Impact Area #3: Foreign-born individuals will experience increased connectedness through community engagement and civic participation.


Potential Funding Interests

Following are examples of programs/services/activities which the Foundation will consider for funding.  This list is not exhaustive.

Services for foreign-born individuals/families immediately upon arrival to the St. Louis region:

  • Assistance with basic needs, such as:
    • Housing
    • Transportation
    • Employment preparation and/or placement connection
    • Health Care
  • English as a Second Language (ESL), GED preparation, and/or literacy services.
  • Therapy, counseling, crisis intervention, and support groups that address their mental, social, and spiritual health.
  • Community-based interpretation and orientation services to help limited English proficiency (LEP) individuals integrate into the mainstream community.


Longer-term services for foreign-born individuals/families:

  • Naturalization and U.S. citizenship services and assistance such as:
    • Citizenship classes
    • Oral interview preparation
    • Outreach events
  • Services that help children of foreign-born parents succeed at all levels of education, from early childhood through higher education.  Examples include:
    • Tutoring
    • Mentoring
    • College/vocational school preparation
    • Counseling on college, vocational school, and career options
  • Family-focused services such as:
    • Parenting practices
    • Home-school relationships
    • Connection to community resources
  • Health care services such as:
    • Nutrition and healthy lifestyles
    • Access to preventative care
    • Diagnosis and management of chronic health conditions
  • Therapy, counseling, crisis intervention, and support groups that address their mental, social, and spiritual health.
  • Services that utilize chaplains, health and peer coaches, and/or parish/faith community nurses.


Organizational support:

  • Activities that build the infrastructure of an organization such as:
    • Technology
    • Staff training
    • Strategic planning


Multi-Year Funding
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.  For more information, see the Application & Reporting Requirements section and/or the User's Guide.