We are proud to announce the 2017 Kaleidoscope Fund recipients!

Consistent with LCEF’s mission, the Kaleidoscope Fund committee selected ministry ideas that are related to the expansion, enrichment and energizing of Christ’s Church. A total of $601,000 was awarded to 11 Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministries throughout the United States.

The ministries selected were:

  • Christ Lutheran School, Phoenix
  • Christ the King Lutheran Church, Largo, Fla.
  • LCMS Office of National Mission
  • Minnesota South District
  • Nebraska District
  • Northwest District
  • Pacific Southwest District
  • Peace Lutheran Church, Grand Island, Neb.
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle, Ill.
  • Unity Lutheran Church, East St. Louis, Ill.

See a map of the recipients and read a brief description on how each ministry plans to expand, enrich and energize Christ’s Church.

Shining brightly for Missions, Education and Worker Wellness

Eligible entities:

  • The Synod
  • A Congregation of the Synod (including its school or childcare)
  • A Member District of LCEF

The Kaleidoscope Fund, established by Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), helps ministries shine brightly and share the Gospel. Apply for a grant from The Kaleidoscope Fund to start or expand your program. Your ministry can be positively impacted with ministry outreach and expansion, education and rostered church worker wellness.

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

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. The Synod
    2. A Congregation of the Synod (including its school or childcare)
    3. A Member District of LCEF
  • 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
      3. Rostered church worker wellness
    2. What is Not Eligible…
      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.).

  • 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



  • 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.