For 2019 grants, eligibility is limited to LCMS K-8 elementary schools. Schools that are RSOs are not eligible.*

In its third year, Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is proud to announce the 2019 Kaleidoscope Fund grant process will open April 1 with a proposal submission deadline of June 14.

The committee will then select ministries from these proposals to apply for a grant. Funds will be granted in amounts between $15,000 and $75,000.

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 2019 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.

  • 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?

    For 2019 grants, eligibility is limited to LCMS K-8 elementary schools. Schools that are RSOs are not eligible.*

    *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.

  • What are eligible grant purposes?

    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.).

    For 2019 grants, eligibility is limited to LCMS K-8 elementary schools.

    Applications will be received for the following four areas of Lutheran K-8 elementary school support. Applicants should choose only one of the following areas for grant focus:

    1. Curriculum Development
    2. Faculty Development
    3. Facility Improvement
      • For facility improvement projects, Kaleidoscope will fund up to a maximum of 50% of total improvement budget; the school must fund at least 50%.
    4. Endowment Creation
      • Matching fund program of $25K.
      • School must raise $25K within 18 months of application acceptance.  Any amounts less than $25K will not be matched.
      • Only for creation of new endowment where no existing endowments.

    What is not eligible: ongoing operating costs (including salaries), operating deficits, debt payments and/or tuition assistance/reimbursement.

  • What will be the Kaleidoscope Fund grant amounts?

    For 2019, funds will be granted in amounts between $15,000 and $75,000.

  • How will the granting process take place?

    Once all grant proposal summaries are received by June 14, 2019, the Kaleidoscope Fund committee will review them and select ministries to apply for grants. Invited schools will then submit a detailed application by a set deadline. Once grant recipients have been determined, announcement of the grants will be made in November 2019.

  • How will grant funds be distributed?

    Grant awards will be paid in one lump sum directly to the grant recipient based on the budget timeframe provided in the application.

  • 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.