For 2022 grants, eligibility is limited to LCMS K-8 elementary schools. Schools that are RSOs are not eligible.*

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is proud to announce the 2022 Kaleidoscope Fund grant process will open January 15 with a proposal submission deadline of June 1.

The committee will then select ministries from these proposals to apply for a grant. Funds will be granted in amounts between $10,000 and $40,000.

This year, LCEF is narrowing the focus of impact for the grants to Lutheran elementary education. Lutheran schools play a critical role in impacting the community through Christian education. Kaleidoscope grants for 2022 are open to Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) K-8 elementary schools.

*Note: LCEF Articles of Incorporation and Synod Bylaws prohibit LCEF from distributing net operating results to Auxiliaries, RSOs, seminaries, colleges, or universities of the Synod.


LCEF invites schools to dream about programs and projects that improve and expand the reach and impact of their school. We are focusing on four categories: Faculty Wellness, Curriculum Development, Technology, and Student Engagement/Outreach.

Download the application here.

Applicants must select one of the following four areas of focus:

Faculty Wellness

Grants in this category should encourage faculty personal or professional growth. Grants should support activities and services that improve the wellbeing of faculty and/or allow faculty to engage in programs for their physical, mental, or spiritual health. Examples might include continuing education, faculty or individual retreats, wholistic care for workers that improve their wellness, sabbaticals, etc. Grants will be offered $10,000-$25,000.

Curriculum Development

Grants in this category should enhance academic offerings of schools through improvement to curriculum or development of new programs.Examples might include STEM, ESL, literacy, foreign language, gifted and talented, counseling, social/emotional learning, improved student climate, and/or the engagement of specialists or working with other schools to develop such programs.Grants will be offered $10,000-$15,000.

Technology Grants

Grants in this category should improve and/or upgrade existing infrastructure or create new program or tools necessary to enhance both the in-person and remote learning environment. Examples might include integrated technologies, learning equipment, hardware, devices, building infrastructure. Grants will be offered $20,000-$40,000.

Student Engagement/Outreach

Grants in this category should enhance or create new programs that are an outreach to the school community and offer additional engagement for students in school or in the community. Examples might be a new student club, a bridging group with homeschool community, an after school tutoring program, a community group that serves the area.Grants will be offered $10,000-$15,000.