Quick List of Funds Available through the Diocese of Ohio

Note: Most grants expect to cover at most 1/3rd the cost of the project, with funds coming from the parish and from individuals or ministry partners. Each of these has a grant application available from the contact person listed.
Capital Loans and Grants  Sue Leishman 216-774-0450
  • Support for parish capital improvement projects, excluding stained glass, organs, handicap accessibility,  furnishings and portable equipment. Current practice is to begin funding consideration based on 1/3 parish contribution, 1/3 loan and 1/3 grant. Grant application deadline: Rolling deadline. GUIDELINES  •CAPITAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS (Fill-in)  •(Word)  •(Minimum Formatting) •(Plain Text)
Congregational Development    Antoinette Taylor 216-774-0476
  • Ministry and Growth Grants help congregations initiate new programs to build their size and vitality by reaching out to new members. Grant application deadline: Rolling deadline. APPLICATION
  • Adult Faith Formation Grants provide startup and some ongoing support of programs like mid-life spirituality groups, senior groups, or weekend retreats. Maximum award is $750. Grant application deadline: Rolling deadline. APPLICATION
Continuing Education 

Clergy and Lay Professionals        Betty Kondrich 216-774-0466

  • Continuing Education grants are available for the upgrading or broadening of knowledge or skills that directly apply to the applicant’s work in the Diocese. Grant application deadline:  March 1, June 1, Sept. 31, December 1 APPLICATION

Lay Continuing Education Grants   Antoinette Taylor   216-774-0476

  • Grants help pay for training or continuing education in areas that build the life of the congregation and/or the diocese. Rolling application; grants generally up to $500 to cover 1/3 of the program. Grant application deadline: Rolling deadline. APPLICATION
Disaster Response    Margaret D’Anieri  216-774-0456
Mission work outside the Diocese of Ohio        
     Margaret D’Anieri     216-774-0456       
     Beth Frank, CDGM chair

The Commission on Global and Domestic Mission (CGDM) provides grants in three categories, all requiring the involvement of parishes:

  • Belize and Tanga relationships: These are our two Diocesan partnerships, and so as to promote coordinated efforts, those interested in Tanga and Belize should be in touch with a member of CGDM. David Kendall-Sperry, CGDM Belize chair    (     Lisa Roth, CGDM Tanga chair   (
  • Global Mission grants support parish mission efforts in other places outside the US and that address one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Recent grants have funded work in Haiti, Nigeria, Honduras and El Salvador. Grant application deadline:   May 31, June 30, Sept. 30, Dec. 31  APPLICATION
  • Domestic Mission grants support parish mission efforts in other parts of the US. Grant application deadline: August 31  APPLICATION

Parish-based Outreach          Antoinette Taylor 216-774-0476

  • Episcopal Community Services (ECS) provides grants supporting parish-based projects that address education, hunger, homelessness and health, with a particular emphasis on projects that address systemic issues. Grant application deadline  September 30 for 2018 grants APPLICATION
  • Church Home is an endowment that funds parish-based projects serving the elderly, administered by ECS. Grant application deadline:  May 15 for mid-year 2017, October 15 for 2018 APPLICATION
  • New Initiatives are one-time grants for new and unique programs that have the potential to be replicable across the Diocese and/or provide resources that go beyond the parish. Grant application deadline:  May 15  APPLICATION
  • Vacation Bible School: The mission office has funds available to support Vacation Bible School programs, up to a maximum of $500. Grant application deadline:  May 31 APPLICATION
  • Youth Mission Trips: The mission office, via the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, has funds available to support youth mission trips, with an emphasis on those that involve youth from more than one parish. If outside the Diocese of Ohio, see CGDM Mission as well. Grant application deadline:   May 31 APPLICATION
  • Young Adult and College Ministry Grants are used for start up and some ongoing support of parish-based ministries geared to college students and/or young adults in the neighborhood.Grant application deadline:   June 9 for 2017-2018 school year  APPLICATION