How to Apply

Before you apply, these are matters you need to consider:

Eligibility Criteria

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

Applicants must serve clients in our designated geographic area, which includes the following counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area:

  • Missouri counties: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and Warren
  • Illinois counties: Jersey, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair

Lutheran Foundation funds within the following Strategic Funding Priorities:

  • Christian Faith in Action
  • Congregation Community Engagement
  • Lutheran Schools and Organizations
  • Foreign-Born Populations
  • Justice-Involved Individuals and Their Families
  • Older Adults Maintaining Independence

What We Fund

Technical Assistance

Attend an informational workshop to learn more about Lutheran Foundation and how to apply.

View Upcoming Workshops

Foundation Staff suggests that potential applicants schedule one-on-one consultations to discuss proposal ideas. These are not required, but are STRONGLY encouraged. 

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Review Application Timeline

Summer Grant Deadline

April and May:  Pre-application workshops and grant consultations

June 1:  Summer grant deadline

July:  Due diligence – site visits and meetings with applicants

End of August:  Lutheran Foundation Board meets to review grant requests

September 1:  Notification of grant awards

Winter Grant Deadline

October and November: Pre-application workshops and grant consultations

December 1:  Winter grant deadline

January:  Due diligence – site visits and meetings with applicants

End of February:  Lutheran Foundation Board meets to review grant requests

March 1:  Notification of grant awards


Review Application Questions, User Guide, and List of Required Attachments Prior to Starting the Online Application

Forms & documents

Access the online portal to create an account and apply!

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