The ELM Endowment Fund wholeheartedly supports the mission of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries in its efforts to empower and sustain LGBTQIA+ leadership in the church. Endowment disbursements support Proclaim members, congregations, and ministries that lift up the LGBTQIA+ community as well as ELM’s internal programming and budget needs.


The ELM Endowment Fund is a perpetual fund designed to support the current needs of LGBTQIA+ ministers as well as to serve as a wellspring of hope and support for new ministries led by LGBTQIA+ rostered ministers. The Endowment Fund will allow Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries to sustain its support and care for LGBTQIA+ rostered ministers as well as develop new initiatives and widen its reach. ELM’s Endowment Fund will also serve as a partner to the ideas, visions, and dreams of LGBTQIA+ ministers who are experimenting in faith and transforming the church.

Gifts to the ELM Endowment Fund allow donors’ love of ELM and its ministry to continue on forever — long after they are no longer present and able to give annual gifts themselves. This love, present in the ELM Endowment Fund, crosses generations. It is a tangible expression of the saints who have gone on before us, sharing their love with us now and with those who will come after us.

Gifts to Endowment Fund 

ELM graciously accepts gifts designated to the ELM Endowment in the form of bequests and other planned gifts so long as such gifts are consistent with ELM’s values, mission, and ministry as outlined in ELM’s governing documents. 

To have a conversation with a member of the ELM Endowment Committee about a gift to ELM’s Endowment, please email us.

2020 Grant Applications Now Open!

Applications may be made by filling in the information on the ELM Endowment 2020 Grant Application. Please email your completed application and the other required supporting documents to elmendowment@elm.org with the subject line “ELM Endowment Grant Application for [Your Congregation/Organization Name]” by Wednesday, September 30, 2020. 

Application Materials Required

  • Completed Application Form,
  • An overall congregation/organization budget for the current year, and 
  • A program/project budget (for the specific program/project for which funds are being requested) that show both income and expenses 

Considerations include alignment of the program/project’s goals with the mission of ELM and its endeavor to support new ministries and to take anti-oppression seriously. For our 2020 Endowment Grants, the ELM Endowment Committee is specifically emphasizing a preference for applications from individuals, congregations, or ministries contextually located at the intersection of marginalized identities (i.e. BIPOC LGBTQIA+ ministries, etc.). 

The ELM Endowment Committee will make its recommendations to the Board of Directors in the autumn, and we expect funds to be disbursed by the end of the year.

Please contact us ahead of time if you have questions about the application and/or required budget/financial documents. The ELM Endowment Committee will be happy to review a draft of your application and supporting documents a week or more ahead of the deadline to advise you if the committee is likely to have all of the information it will need to make its decision.