2016 Kaleidoscope Fund
Recipients Announced

RecipientCity, StateFocus Area

TOTAL AWARDS FOR 2016: $683,431

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran ChurchLakewood, COMinistry Outreach & Expansion
California-Nevada-Hawaii DistrictLivermore, CAEducation
Christ Lutheran ChurchAlbuquerque, NMMinistry Outreach & Expansion
Emmanuel Lutheran ChurchBaltimore, MDMinistry Outreach & Expansion
Florida-Georgia DistrictOrlando, FLEducation
Holy Cross Lutheran ChurchLake Mary, FLMinistry Outreach & Expansion
LCMS Ministry to the Armed ForcesSt. Louis, MORostered Church Worker Wellness
LCMS Office of National Mission Soldiers of the CrossSt. Louis, MORostered Church Worker Wellness
Messiah Lutheran ChurchSt. Louis, MOMinistry Outreach & Expansion
St. John's Lutheran ChurchOrchard Park, NYMinistry Outreach & Expansion
Trinity Lutheran ChurchPortland, ORMinistry Outreach & Expansion

The Kaleidoscope Fund: A Granting Initiative Sponsored by Lutheran Church Extension Fund

The Kaleidoscope Fund, Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s (LCEF) newly launched 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. We encourage you to PRAY big, THINK big and DO big for maximum Gospel impact in your community.

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 are being 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 District of the Synod
  • 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 $25,000.

  • When can we send in our application?

    The Kaleidoscope Fund launched on July 1, 2016, which is when we will began accepting applications.

  • When is the deadline for submission of applications?

    All application materials must be completed and received or postmarked no later than August 30, 2016. 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


    Email to:

  • How will the granting process take place?

    Once all applications and materials are received by the August 30, 2016, deadline, The Kaleidoscope Fund granting committee will convene and review them. Once this review is completed, and one or more grant recipients are determined, announcement of the grants will be communicated on or about November 1, 2016.

  • 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.