Siebert Lutheran Foundation focuses its funding on ministries and projects based in Lutheran churches and organizations that are working to achieve one or more of the funding priorities below. Please click on the plus sign to learn more about the desired outcomes. And, to see what Siebert has recently supported, our latest Annual Report is available here.

Funding Priorities






Growing the Body of Christ... investing in Lutheran leaders, ministries, and evangelism. Desired outcomes: SHORT TERM: Existing congregations receive financial support to sustain operations in under-resourced communities INTERMEDIATE: Strong leaders sustain and grow the future church LONG TERM: New models, research and innovation are deployed to grow the Body of Christ We accept grant applications in this funding priority from within the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We strive to support:

  • Investing in Church Leaders through Seminary and Continuing Education
  • Lay Leadership Development in Multi-cultural Contexts
  • Encouraging Next Generation Ministries, e.g. Millennials and Gen Z
  • Catalyzing Innovation and New Models
  • Supporting New Lutheran Mission Start-ups
Siebert Lutheran Foundation also funds: Pastoral Leadership Development
Seminary Student Aid

Educating while Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ... funding high-performing Lutheran-affiliated schools and other education programs that provide children and youth in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities a path to Christ-centered academic success, empowerment and hope for themselves and future generations. Desired outcomes: SHORT TERM: Children and youth receive education and family support in a Christ-filled environment in order to perform at basic levels. INTERMEDIATE: Children and youth have access to the transforming power of Christ through Lutheran schools with high standards of excellence for teachers and academics. LONG TERM: Children receive a high-quality education, develop strong Christian values, and envision a future filled with hope. We accept grant applications in this funding priority from within Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Kenosha counties only. We strive to support:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary and Middle School Education
  • High School Education
  • Student and Family Support Services
  • Prep for College, Careers and Jobs
  • Preparing Christian Urban Teachers

Serving as the Hands and Feet of Christ... supporting effective strategies at Lutheran churches and church-affiliated organizations to meet the basic short-term needs of disadvantaged people, and to create pathways toward greater self-sufficiency and empowerment for all people. Desired outcomes: SHORT TERM: Individuals have basic human needs met through Lutheran faith-based programs. INTERMEDIATE: Individuals feel empowered and are making progress toward self-sufficiency and are growing in their connection to Christ. LONG TERM: Communities and congregations are working together to solve problems. We accept grant applications in this funding priority from within Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Kenosha counties only. We strive to support:

  • Lutheran Site-based Food Ministries
  • Urban Neighborhood Outreach, and Health and Wellness Ministries
  • Youth Development Ministries
  • Adult Learning Opportunities
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs
  • Prison and Reentry Ministries
  • Jobs, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
  • Congregation-based Community Development

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Our Geographic Service Area

Growing the Body of Christ – All of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan


Educating while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ & Serving as the Hands and Feet of Christ – Only the following counties:

  • Milwaukee

  • Waukesha

  • Racine

  • Kenosha