The 2017 application will be available on April 1.

An opportunity to expand your ministry.

The Kaleidoscope Fund, Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s (LCEF) granting program, helps Lutheran Church––Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministries reflect the love of Christ and share the Gospel.

This initiative was established to impact ministries that have as their focus outreach and expansion, education and rostered church worker wellness.

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 qualified grant recipients?

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

    1. The Synod
    2. A Congregation of the Synod (including its school or childcare)
    3. A Member District of LCEF
  • What are qualified 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,” qualified (and not qualified) grant purposes are as follows:

    1. What is Qualified…
      1. Ministry outreach and expansion
      2. Education
      3. Rostered church worker wellness
    2. What is Not Qualified…
      1. 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.). We encourage you to PRAY big, THINK big, and DO big for maximum Gospel impact in your community!

  • What will be The Kaleidoscope Fund grant amounts?

    The minimum grant amount to be awarded per recipient will be no less than $15,000. The minimum grant request should be for a minimum of $15,000.

  • When can we send in our application?

    The 2017 Kaleidoscope Fund application will launch on April 1, 2017.

  • When is the deadline for submission of applications?

    All application materials must be completed and received or postmarked no later than June 15, 2017. Applications and all supporting documentation may be submitted via electronic or regular mail.

    Mail request to:
    The Kaleidoscope Fund
    10733 Sunset Office Drive, Suite 300
    St. Louis MO 63127-1020

    OR

    kaleidoscope@lcef.org

  • How will the granting process take place?

    Once all applications and materials are received by the June 15, 2017 deadline, The Kaleidoscope Fund granting committee will convene and review them. Once this is completed, and one or more grant recipients are determined, announcement of the grants will be communicated on or about November 6, 2017.

  • How will grant funds be distributed?

    Grant awards may be paid in one lump sum, or over a period of time, 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.