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. Once your applications are in, a member of grants committee will contact you to schedule a site visit. ECSF’s fall fundraising goes into high gear by sharing the news of the needs applicants are tackling and the funds you’ve requested. Our grants budget comes from the generous donations of fellow Episcopalians, churches, and businesses who sponsor ECSF’s special events. Grants will be awarded in January based on the total amount donors have given and pledged for ECSF’s grants, and the grants committee’s recommendations.


Please review the 2017 Grant Application to see if your ministry meets the criteria. Ministries applying for $1,000 or less can use this simpler application form.

Here is an overview of some of the current ECSF Ministry Partners that are doing a marvelous job on one of these priorities: housing security, income security, life skills, or emergency assistance. The list of 2016 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.

2015 Ministry Partner Follow Up Report available here!