Learn About Our Grants

Apply for a Grant from ECF

We are currently accepting requests for our Q1 Small Acts of Charity and LOIs for our Fall 2020 General Grants. If you have any question about whether or not your organization/parish qualifies, if your project meets basic funding criteria, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with our Executive Director to discuss your request, please contact us.

Criteria for Applying

    • Organizational Status: We fund Episcopal parishes and their nonprofit partners based on the following criteria:
      • Either you are a parish/worshiping community in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, have filed a current Annual Parochial Report, and comply with Canon 20;
      • OR you are a nonprofit organization with a substantial relationship with a qualifying parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta; you must also be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit or have a qualifying fiscal agent.
    • Mission-Oriented: While there are many worthwhile organizations and causes doing great work in our community, ECF specifically supports those working with the poor and oppressed, including efforts around hunger, homelessness, generational poverty, refugee services, human trafficking victims, and those whose lives have been impacted by the criminal justice system.
    • Geographical Area: There are many phenomenal efforts and ministries geared towards national and international efforts to relieve poverty and oppression that are supported by parishes throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. However, ECF specifically supports those working in our local communities in Middle and North Georgia.
    • Sustainable, Episcopal Partnerships: ECF looks to fund opportunities which include strong partnerships with Episcopal parishes, not only supporting the nonprofit partner but also providing a substantial outreach opportunity for the parish. We prioritize funding collaborations that strengthen both those being served as well as the parishioners.
    • Project-Oriented Impact: As ECF’s grants serve the entire Diocese of Atlanta, projects which are oriented around capacity building and capital needs are significantly more attractive as they do not require annual renewal. While this does not completely exclude operational support for existing projects, ECF prioritizes requests that support creating new programs, expanding existing efforts, or innovative ideas and solutions.

**Please Note** Strong preference will be given to organizations who have not previously received funding.

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General Grants

Our general grants are offered twice a year. To be considered for these grants, organizations/ministries will submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to Apply for Grant Funding. Based on the received LOIs, ECF will then extend an invitation to selected applicants to complete the full General Grant Application.


How to Apply

We will be accepting LOIs for our Fall 2020 Grant Cycle until March 31, 2020. You will receive a confirmation email once your form has been submitted. It is HIGHLY recommended that you review the LOI Instructions prior to completing the LOI Form as they offer many guidelines for completing the LOI Form.


Spring 2020 Cycle

LOIs Accepted
April 1, 2019 – Sept 30, 2019
Statements of Support Due (nonprofits only)
Sept 30, 2019
Invitations Extended
Nov 15, 2019
If Invited, Applications Due
Dec 31, 2019
Site Visits Conducted
Jan 7-31, 2020
Grants Awarded
March 1, 2020
Public Announcement of Grants
April 1, 2020
Reports Due
Based on Individual Grants

Fall 2020 Cycle

LOIs Accepted
Oct 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020
Statements of Support Due (nonprofits only)
March 31, 2020
Invitations Extended
May 15, 2020
If Invited, Applications Due
June 30, 2020
Site Visits Conducted
July 7-31, 2020
Grants Awarded
September 1, 2020
Public Announcement of Grants
October 1, 2020
Reports Due
Based on Individual Grants

Small Acts of Charity

We seek to create significant, sustainable ministries and partnerships with the community, and we acknowledge that sometimes smaller funding requests are needed to continue our work of building the Beloved Community. In an effort to respond to these needs while preserving ECF’s primary funding for larger partnerships, we have created a separate application for our Small Acts of Charity grants. While they are subject to the same criteria as our General Grants, Small Acts of Charity are no larger than $5,000. These requests will be considered on a quarterly basis, and we will fund 1-2 Small Acts of Charity in any given quarter.


How to Apply

We are accepting applications for the current cycle until December 15, 2019. You will receive a confirmation email once your form has been submitted. The instructions for this application are listed on the application itself.


Applications Accepted
Oct 2, 2019 – Dec 15, 2019
Statements of Support Due (nonprofits only)
Dec 15, 2019
Grants Awarded
Jan 21, 2020
Public Announcement of Grants
Feb 1, 2020
Reports Due
Based on Individual Grants