ECSF introduces new grant application for smaller requests

Beginning this fall, ministries applying for Episcopal Community Services Foundation (ECSF) grants of $1,000 or less will be able to use a shorter and simpler application form.

ECSF_LOGO_final“The Board listened to the concerns of our ministry partners applying for smaller grant amounts about the complexity of the current application for their circumstances,” stated the Rev. KJ Oh, chair of the ECSF board. She added that for many, especially those with ministry programs that are seasonal or one-time events, the questions in the current application were not always pertinent or applicable.

The new application for grant requests under $1,000 was developed by the Program and Grants committees and included feedback from ECSF site visitors. It also includes revised application instructions and a new data information sheet that will help both ECSF and the diocese collect information about congregational ministries throughout Southern Ohio.

Arnold Huckeby, Program and Grants Committee chair, added that the new application was part of a larger initiative undertaken to evaluate the entire grants program process from application to contract. “The current application has been used for three granting cycles and we believed it was time to evaluate it and all the materials used. In particular, the goal was to make this new application more relevant to the circumstances of congregations with smaller ministries that rely primarily on volunteer support.”

The new application is available for download from the ECSF website, www.ecsfsouthernohio.org. An online version is in beta testing and plans are to have it available in July for the September 15 grant deadline. The online version will allow users to save and return to complete.

Ministries applying for grants above $1,000 will continue to use the current application form.

Ministries with questions about or needing assistance with either the new or current applications can contact the Rev. Terri J. Thornton, ECSF Ministry Leader, at ministryleader@ecsfsouthernohio.org.