The 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant process is now open to submissions. Submit your grant summary.

The Kaleidoscope Fund, a granting program established by Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), helps ministries shine brightly and share the Gospel.

In the last two years, the fund has granted over $1.2 million to 22 different Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod ministries that are related to the expansion, enrichment and energizing of Christ’s Church.

These grants help strengthen congregations, Lutheran schools, church workers and the communities they impact. See a map of the 2017 recipients.

This year, we’ve made some exciting adjustments:

  • Funds will be granted in amounts between $25,000 to $250,000.
  • The process will now begin with a grant proposal summary.
  • The committee will then select ministries from these proposals to apply for a grant.
Eligible entities

  • LCMS congregations (including their K-12 schools and childcare centers)
  • LCEF member districts
  • Offices of the Synod

Grant purposes

  • Ministry Outreach and Expansion
  • Education (K-12 Lutheran Schools)
  • Church Worker Wellness

We are looking forward to loving and laboring boldly alongside you in your joyful and profound work, set in place by a gracious heavenly Father.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How and why is LCEF offering grants?

    Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) serves the members, congregations, schools, and rostered church workers of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) church body. When LCEF is blessed with good financial performance, a small portion of its funds may be used for a variety of ministry purposes…such as grants. These grants were launched in 2016 as The Kaleidoscope Fund, which emphasizes a variety of entities and ministry purposes.

  • Who are eligible grant recipients?

    The entities of the LCMS that are eligible to receive The Kaleidoscope Fund grants are:

    1. LCMS congregations (including their early childhood education, K-12 schools and childcare centers)
    2. LCEF member districts
    3. Offices of the Synod
  • What are eligible grant purposes?

    Being mindful of a portion of the LCEF Mission Statement that states, “to support the Church in fulfilling its mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” eligible (and not eligible) grant purposes are as follows:

    1. What is Eligible…
      1. Ministry Outreach and Expansion
      2. Education (pre-K and K-12 Lutheran Schools)
      3. Church Worker Wellness
    2. What is Not Eligible…
      1. Ongoing operating costs
      2. Operating deficits
      3. Capital improvements
      4. Debt payments

    To sum this up: Consistent with LCEF’s mission, The Kaleidoscope Fund seeks to fund ministry ideas that are related to the expansion, enrichment, and energizing of Christ’s Church versus mere maintenance (of an existing program, etc.).

  • What will be The Kaleidoscope Fund grant amounts?

    Funds will be granted in amounts between $25,000 to $250,000.

    Micro grants are those between $25,000 and $100,000.Macro grants are those between $100,000 and $250,000.
    Micro grants are ideal for ministries who are ready to step out into their community and create a space and place to reach those people who would normally never step foot in a church.Macro grants are ideal for ministries that want to see transformational change in the work they are doing and allow LCEF to come alongside the organization with additional professional and technical resources in support of their work.
  • When can we submit our proposal?

    The 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant process will open on April 2.

  • When is the deadline for grant proposal summaries?

    The deadline to submit your grant proposal summary is June 15, 2018.

    Grant proposal summaries may be submitted via electronic or regular mail.

    The Kaleidoscope Fund
    10733 Sunset Office Drive
    Suite 300
    St. Louis MO 63127-1020


  • How will the granting process take place?

    Once all grant proposal summaries are received by June 15, 2018, The Kaleidoscope Fund granting committee will review them. When this is completed, an executive committee will then select ministries from these proposals to apply for a grant. Invited ministries will then submit a detailed application by a set deadline. Once this is completed, and one or more grant recipients are determined, announcement of the grants will be communicated approximately November 6, 2018.

  • How will grant funds be distributed?

    Grant awards may be paid in one lump sum, or over a period of two years, depending on the nature of the application. Funds will be paid directly to the grant recipient(s).

  • Will there be follow-up communication with grant recipients?

    Each recipient of The Kaleidoscope Fund grant will provide a written summary and photos of the grant outcome(s) in a designated and agreed upon timeframe with LCEF. These summaries and photos may be used in LCEF social media and for other promotional purposes. Additional promotional stories may be sought by the LCEF Marketing Department.