We return to Him what is His.

As the CID-CEF is blessed, we return those blessings to Him by providing grants to our LCMS institutions in Central Illinois to be put to work for the expansion of His ministry.

Three types of grants are available:

Ministry Outreach Grants
Board Discretionary Grants
School Endowment Initiative Grants

“Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
I Chronicles 29:14

Grant recipients have included:

Cristo Rey

Cristo Rey

Scholarships for Seminarians

Scholarships for Seminarians



Operation Mercy for Veterans

Operation Mercy for Veterans


Each year, the Board of Trustees of the CID-CEF has provided grants to be used by our LCMS churches, schools, and agencies of the CID for Ministry Outreach within the District. These grants are given for the purpose of benefiting the Church in its mission, ministry, and outreach, with special consideration given to programs addressing current issues and concerns within the District.

Ministry Outreach Grants are awarded in April and October of each year.

  • Applications with a due date of April 1st will be notified by April 30th.
  • Applications with a due date of October 1st will be notified by October 31st.

Please refer to the Ministry Outreach Grant application for additional information on criteria and requirements.

Ministry Outreach Grant – Application

Ministry Outreach Grant – Project Completion Form


To the extent the CID-CEF has been blessed, we provide Board discretionary grants for various programs within the District. In the past, grants have been given for scholarships to seminarians and rostered church workers, Hispanic ministries, Operation Mercy for Veterans, CID District Office projects, Camp CILCA, university campus ministries, and a variety of other ministries in the churches, schools, and agencies throughout the District.

Please refer to the Grant Request application for additional information on criteria and requirements.

Grant Request – Application

Grant – Project Completion Form


For those CID LCMS schools that took advantage of the now-ended CID School Endowment Initiative “Funding CID Schools Now and Forever”, don’t forget to apply for your $2,500 Grant from the CID-CEF!  Applications must be received within two years of establishment of your endowment fund.  Please refer to the School Endowment Initiative Grant Application for additional information on criteria and requirements for the Grant.  A Project Completion Form should be completed upon acquisition of the purchase approved under the Grant.

School Endowment Initiative Grant – Application

School Endowment Initiative Grant – Project Completion Form



The CID-CEF Office is open Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm.
Please call (217) 793-1802 with questions.

The LCMS Central Illinois District Church Extension Fund (CID-CEF) is a non-profit religious organization, therefore CID-CEF investments are not SIPC- or FDIC-insured. This does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy CID-CEF investments. The offer is made solely by CID-CEF’s Offering Circular. Investors should carefully read the Offering Circular, which more fully describes associated risks. CID-CEF will offer and sell its securities only in states where authorized.