ECSF announces 2015 grant recipients

At its annual meeting and retreat the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Community Services Foundation (ECSF) approved awarding $126,350 in grants for 2015 to 26 congregations, the full amount recommended by the ECSF Grants Committee.

“I’m always in awe of the diversity and depth of ministry represented by our grant applicants,” said Arnold ‘Huck’ Huckeby, grants chair and trustee for ECSF. “You can’t help but be inspired as you read about their amazing work and dedication.”

Huckeby added that each ministry receives a site visit from a Grants Committee member and over the course of a two-day meeting, the committee reviews the applications and site visit reports and prepares its recommendations to the Board of Trustees. “We take our work very seriously, as it’s an honor and a privilege to be able to support our congregations and the tremendous work their ministries do,” Huckeby added.

This year ECSF received 44 applications in the amount of $167,500, including four new ministries, from congregations of all sizes across the Diocese of Southern Ohio – each representing the passion of many volunteers living out their Baptismal Covenant and making a commitment to building the Kingdom of God. Each connected to the concerns and needs of their communities and neighbors. And, each committed to the criteria of addressing the impact and root causes of food, housing and life skills insecurity, as well as the emergency assistance needs of individuals and families.

The range of ministries includes food pantries, shelters, community meals, job and skill training, adult and youth literacy and tutoring programs and services that assist individuals and families in regaining financial stability. All ministries offer spiritual support and resources, including Bible study, worship and prayer. Applicants also are encouraged to use the Ohio Benefit Bank to assist clients in applying for public benefits and/or tax credits.

Additionally, sponsoring congregations must commit to a significant level of financial support from the congregation’s budget, as well as demonstrate commitment and active participation from parishioners.

This year 26 ministries received the full amount requested and the average grant amount was approximately $2,900. The list of the 2015 grants is available on ECSF’s website (www.ECSFsouthernohio.org)

See list of grantees here

The next regular cycle application submission deadline will be Sept. 15, 2015. Ministries that would like a copy of our application or assistance with the grants process are invited to visit our website or contact the Rev. Terri J. Thornton, Ministry Leader, at ministryleader@ecsfsouthernohio.org.

The Episcopal Community Services Foundation is a 501(c)3 supporting foundation of the diocese and the primary source of grants for congregational ministry support and development. All funding for ECSF Grants, and all the programs of the Foundation, comes from the generosity of individuals, grants, congregational contributions and business sponsorships. For information about ECSF, to inquire about how to make a gift in support of our ministry partners or to donate online, visit our website or email ministryleader@ecsfsouthernohio.org.