PRIOR TO APPLYING, PLEASE NOTE: Due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the St. Louis metropolitan area, Lutheran Foundation has worked diligently to determine the best approach to utilizing our resources to help stabilize our community. The Board of Directors have decided to change how we allocate funding for the June 2020 Grant Cycle. Click here for more information.
Before you apply, these are matters you need to consider:
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: Clinton, 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
Attend an informational workshop to learn more about Lutheran Foundation and how to apply.
Foundation Staff suggests that potential applicants schedule one-on-one consultations to discuss proposal ideas. These are not required, but are STRONGLY encouraged.
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