Lutheran Education

How to Apply

NOTE: Lutheran Foundation has not yet updated the goals and funding strategy in this Funding Focus Area. Additional research and conversations with local and national stakeholders are being conducted.


Interested applicants must be recognized by and in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization or be sponsored by such an entity. In the latter instance, the sponsoring agency must serve as the lead organization and will be recognized as the fiduciary agent for the grant. Collaborative efforts, which are strongly encouraged, should include the tax-exempt letter of the lead agency. The geographic area(s) supported by the Foundation are identified in our Core Values.

Ineligible Funding Requests

The Foundation will generally not consider the following requests:

  • Operating deficits,
  • Grants or loans to individuals,
  • Annual appeals, fundraising events, or sponsorships,
  • Capital campaigns or major capital expenditures that are not directly related to program implementation, unless invited by Lutheran Foundation,
  • Lobbying, or
  • Seed money necessary to start a new agency, unless invited by Lutheran Foundation.


Further, Lutheran Foundation has developed specific requirements for the formatting of outcome statements, the types of outcome statements that programs monitor, and how outcome data is tracked and reported. Click here for more information.

Application Process

All interested congregations or organizations must submit a grant application by the stated deadlines in order to be considered for funding. The Foundation strongly encourages applicants to meet with staff prior to submission of a funding request to explore opportunities for partnership. Lutheran Foundation’s Board of Directors makes funding decisions on all applications.  Grant Applications may be submitted anytime during the year; however applications will only be reviewed two times per year as noted below. 



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.