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Episcopal Community Ministries provides grants for congregational ministries across the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

It is ECM’s mission to inspire and support each other in the living out of our Baptismal Covenant through active, generous, and committed congregations and their outward-looking ministries.


ECM grants are funded by donations and by an annual draw from the Blanchard Memorial Endowment Fund established by the trustees of the diocese.

Informational Q&A

Learn more about ECM by reading an informational Q&A by ECM Administrator Andrea Owens.

ECM Committee

Bishop Wayne Smith; the Rev. Dr. Ellen Cook, Chair; the Rev. Allison English; Ms. Rae Fellows; Mr. Don Lane; the Rev. Joanna Leiserson;  Ms. Jane Paraskevopoulos; the Rev. Deborah Woolsey

Bishop’s Staff:
The Rev. Canon David Getreu, ECM staff liaison
Andrea Owens, ECM administrator

The ECM Committee reviews the applications and submits recommendations for grants to the bishop’s office. Read more.

Grant Eligibility

The following ministries and organizations are eligible to apply for an ECM Grant:

  • Congregations in good standing in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
  • A ministry addressing a community need within the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
  • A ministry that is congregationally based, or has a collaborative partnership with another denomination/congregation, or is in a participative partnership with another community nonprofit ministry/organization.

The following types of ministries are eligible for funding:

  • Food and Food Security – food pantries; community meals and feeding programs; and community gardens
  • Housing – emergency shelters; utility, rent or mortgage assistance; and assistance in applying for government programs, such as Section 8 housing and the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • Education and Life Skills – job readiness skills, GED classes, applying for government assistance programs and job placement programs; study skills; health and nutrition; tutoring (especially for children/youth at risk); and literacy programs
  • Emergency Assistance – meeting the immediate needs of individuals and families; clothing assistance programs; transportation assistance; and disaster relief
  • Youth at Risk – rehabilitation and education
  • Social Justice – to affirm the dignity of every person

ECM does not provide funding for capital campaigns, construction/remodeling, salaries, building expenses, or projects appropriately addressed by other Diocesan funding sources.

Apply for an ECM Grant

Applications for the 2023 annual ECM grant will be open fall, 2022. Learn more about the application process.


ECM’s logo comes from the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Reported in all four Gospels, this story starts with the disciples suggesting Jesus withdraw from a hungry crowd. “There is no need to turn them away,” he said. “Give them something to eat yourselves” (Matthew 14:16). They presented a gift from a generous boy and 5,000+ people were nourished from a pocketful of food.