CID-CEF 2022 Grants Approved

Thanks to God’s blessings, the Central Illinois District Church Extension Fund (CID-CEF) returned $65,652 to the District in the form of grants. The grants were spread throughout the District and will serve a variety of needs, as follows:  

The following is a summary of the grants we approved during the year.

Please add your prayers for these ministries supporting our pastors, teachers, youth, and members of the Central Illinois District.

Springfield Lutheran High School – Capital Campaign Matching Funds – $25,000

Providing a matching grant as seed money to assist in initiating a capital campaign following LuHi’s recent mine subsidence event displacing the school.  We pray that the congregations and members of the Central Illinois District will rally around LuHi and provide needed assistance in facing a serious challenge to their ministry to high school students in the greater Springfield area.

Seminarians in the CIDSeminarian Grants – $18,000

Assisting with seminarians’ material needs as they prepare to support us with our spiritual needs.

Auburn Trinity – Night of Hope Event – $2,000

Providing support for the mental health challenges facing youth in Springfield’s East and West circuits.

Lutheran High Schools in the CID  – Creation Science Series Presentations to Lutheran High Schools – $1,500

Resources to armor our youth to face the challenge of evolution vs. God’s creation.

Pastors in the CIDChrist-Centered Counseling Books for Pastors – $552

Resources for pastors to counsel our members in our times of need.

Springfield Our Savior’s Live Nativity – $500

Witnessing to the community on Christ’s birth and the real reason for the season.

Peoria Trinity – Snack Packs for Franklin School – $500

Meeting the physical as well as spiritual needs of lower income families.

Campus Ministries:

  • Eastern Illinois University – $1,500– publicity materials to promote the campus ministry.
  • Illinois State University – $1,000 – new computer and fire protection enhancement.
  • Western Illinois University – $600 – ADA drinking fountain.

Central Illinois District:

  • Junior High School Event – $5,000– sponsoring non-LCMS participation in the LCMS CID event for junior high school youth.
  • Synodical Convention Joint Independent CEF Luncheon – $3,000 – sharing with our pastors the benefits to the District of having an independent Church Extension Fund.
  • School Administrator Training $2,500 extending access to administrator training to a broader base, including pre-school administrators.
  • Genesis Project – $2,000 – funding a program for evaluation of the readiness for new or expanded schools.
  • Benevolence Funding – $2,000replenishing a fund providing financial assistance to our pastors and teachers facing challenges creating financial difficulties.




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.