Supporting what matters most to churches

LWF member churches are at the forefront of local social concerns. LWF supports churches in their efforts to provide hands-on solutions to address pressing needs in their congregations and wider community. Projects are diverse, ranging from theological training to health, livelihood initiatives to women’s and youth empowerment. The aim is always to support what matters most to churches and to improve their ability to plan, monitor, implement and report on the outcome of projects. Moreover, projects are an expression of the global Lutheran communion. Both funding partners and implementing partners are usually LWF member churches or related to the communion.

LWF-supported projects address strategic priorities of the member churches. Any LWF member church, national committee, regional expression or related diaconal institution is eligible to apply for short-term or long-term projects.

Call for proposals – Final round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund (RRF)

Deadline for applications: 16 October 2022

The final round of the COVID-19 RRF addresses the continued social, spiritual and economic impact of COVID-19 on LWF member churches and the communities they serve.

In 2022 the COVID-19 RRF aims to address some of the longer-lasting negative effects around inequalities and the overall economy. Projects should increasingly have a strong focus on recovery and livelihoods.

Call for proposals – Long-term projects

Deadline for applications: 09 January 2023

We are calling for new member church projects starting in 2024, running a maximum of three years.

Applications for project extensions for projects currently in their first cycle (typically running from 2021 to 2023) can be submitted for another two years maximum, starting in 2024 and finishing latest in 2025. Projects are not automatically extended and must apply for a new cycle.

Documents & Links

  • Letter - Call for applications

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  • Eligibility criteria

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  • How to use the application webportal

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  • LWF Policy on Member Church Projects

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Latest information update: August 2022

Where we work

Stories about our member churches projects