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Episcopal Community Services Development Council

Overview
Episcopal Community Services (ECS) Development Council assists parishes to apply for and receive financial support to create partnerships that strengthen communities, give in spiritual fidelity to God, and serve the world. The work of ECS is to review proposals, evaluate existing parish and community partnerships and make recommendations for funding each year.

Expectations
Episcopal Community Services Development Council members serve for a three-year term. Lay members must be confirmed adult communicants of the Episcopal Church in good standing. Clerical members must be canonically resident in the Diocese of Ohio.

ECS Development Council members meet four times each year in full committee at Trinity Commons or by Zoom video conference. Members are assigned to a sub-committees called review committees. In November, each review committee meets separately to review grant applications in detail and to develop recommendations for review in full committee. In addition, each review committee helps development council members facilitate virtual site visits. Each member is expected to promote awareness of the work of ECS among our parishes and community. Council members advocate for and make a financial contribution to the Bishop's Annual Appeal as they are able.

Gifts, Experiences and Skills
The Diocese will benefit from Episcopal Community Service Development Council members who have a passion for outreach and a commitment to working with other members of the committee.

Requirements
In compliance with the 201st Diocesan Convention Resolution R-2, all Diocesan elected office holders are required to receive anti-racism training within one year of their assuming office.

Recent Accomplishments
The Episcopal Community Services Development Council has updated the granting criteria and process, and has introduced a new ECS online grant application. We are developing ways for ECS council members to more actively raise awareness of ECS work in the community, as well as the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. 

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