Some stocked shelves at Samaritan Outreach, supported by St. Mary’s (Hillsboro).

Grants and Ministries

ECSF is the Diocese of Southern Ohio’s major source of grants for congregational ministries working to help our Ohio neighbors overcome several life challenges. Our budget mostly comes from the generous donations of fellow Episcopalians. Grants are awarded based on the total amount donors have given, and the Board’s assessment of the ministry making the request.


A new application for 2018 grants will be available in early August.

The list of 2017 Grant Recipients will give you a sense of the range of grant awards.

We’d be glad to discuss your project with you before you apply, to answer your questions, and to share ideas from other ministries working on similar issues. It’s easy to start the conversation by emailing the Rev. Terri J. Thornton at or calling 513-421-0311 or 800-582-1712.