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Financial assistance

The diocese offers several forms of financial assistance to congregations and individuals, in the form of grants, loans or scholarships.

  • Funds are available to help support campus ministry initiatives in the diocese. Please complete the grant application form and email it to the Rev. Deborah Woolsey at revdebwoolsey@gmail.com no later than June 21. Note that recipients of the Campus Ministry Grants are required to participate in the Campus Ministry Collaborative.

    Campus Ministry Grant application

  • The Church Foundation, an elected body of the diocese, awards grants primarily for one-time capital projects and/or emergency assistance for facility improvements.

    To apply for a Church Foundation grant:
    1. Complete the online application. Have the Vestry/Mission Council pass a resolution allowing the church to ask for the funds. Send the resolution and other requested supporting documentation to the Diocese of Southern Ohio, 412 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.
    2. The Secretary (diocesan finance officer) reviews the paperwork for completeness. The congregation’s history of diocesan support, the payment of pledges and assessments, will be examined. The Secretary places the request on the next quarterly meeting’s agenda. Only in rare instances, such as emergency situations, is the request voted on by the Trustees through a mail poll or telephone poll. Applicants should verify they are in compliance with the Bishop’s letter dated May 7 2012 and the requested title and deed information be on file or accompanies the grant application.
    3. The Trustees of Church Foundation review the request. If approved, the secretary will notify the church, and the funds will be disbursed. If not approved, the secretary will inform the congregation as to why the request was denied.

    Contact the Finance office at 800.582.1712 for any further information.

    2020 Grant application

  • The Commission on Congregational Life is responsible for developing and implementing a mission strategy for the diocese. The commission is charged with encouraging, supporting, evaluating and seeking opportunities for development and growth of all fellowships, missions and parishes of the diocese.

    CoCL offers Congregational Mission Grants (CMG) and New Initiative grants to congregations for this purpose.Please send all documents back electronically.

    Questions may be directed to the Rev. Kevin Beesley at frkevin@allsaintsnewalbany.org

  • It is expected that clergy serving full-time in congregations or other communities of faith be granted two weeks leave (separate from vacation leave) for professional development. The cost of continuing education courses and programs usually are divided between the clergyperson, the congregation or other community of faith he or she serves, and the diocese.

    Learn more

  • Episcopal Community Ministries awards grants to congregations and affiliated ministries in addressing the issues of poverty.

    Episcopal congregations, teams, task forces or commissions of the diocese are encouraged to apply for grants to support and create opportunities for ministries and programs that meet human need within the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

    To see ECM’s funding criteria, grant application instructions and to download a copy of the grant application visit their website.

    Now accepting ECM Grant Applications for 2021

    Application deadline 10/31/2020

  • Faith-in-Life was established as a commission of the diocese to administer an endowment fund set up as a result of the Second Century Campaign of the Diocese of Southern Ohio in 1974. The income of the trust has funded many programs and projects through the oversight of the Faith-in-Life commission.


    Faith in Life grants funded the Hobson Lectures, various Theologians in Residence, many Kenyon Conferences, a variety of formation programs, and grants for laypeople pursuing theological education (e.g. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and nonviolent conflict resolution) with the understanding that the grant recipients would share what they learned with other congregations.


    The purpose of Faith-­in-­Life is to consider major faith and/or ethical questions as they relate to Christians’ ability to live their faith day-­to-­day. To fulfill this purpose Faith-­in­-Life grants will be used to stimulate conferences, produce published materials in printed and digital form, provide expert informed leadership, and subsidize meetings on topics of faith and/or ethics in daily life.

    Priority in awarding grants will be given to those conferences, published materials, leadership and meetings that have the broadest reach to members of the diocese and its geographic locale and which align with our diocesan formation objective to encourage intentional formation in communities of faith by creating, developing, and enhancing discipleship resources for people of all ages.

    Who may apply?

    Any member of any congregation or community of faith of the diocese, any member of the clergy active within the diocese, and any staff person of the diocese may apply for a grant as long as it corresponds to the objectives listed above. A committee appointed by the bishop reviews applications on a quarterly basis and makes decision on awards. No more than $2,000 is available for an individual and no more than $5,000 for a congregation or multi­-congregation endeavor.

    For more information please contact the Rev. Karl Stevens, committee chair, at kpbstevens@gmail.com.

    Faith in Life Grant Application

  • The 141st Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio passed a resolution to support the new Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 by the United Nations. As affirmed at the 145th annual convention in 2019, the diocese will continue designating 0.7% of our mission share budget for annual grants to organizations and groups that are affiliated with The Episcopal Church or are working in partnership with a parish, organization or individual in the Diocese of Southern Ohio that is involved in mission that support the SDGs and has been granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service. The Canon to Formation has been tasked with managing the grant process.

    The SDGs expand upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and create a broader range of mission that might be supported by a SDG Grant.

    Funds must be used only as specified in the mission project proposal. Any unused funds must be returned to the diocese. Grants are only awarded for mission work outside of the United States in developing nations. Grants are not renewable, but new grant applications may be submitted in subsequent years. The maximum grant amount is $7,000.

    Grants are awarded twice a year:
    ·       January 1
    ·       July 2

    A report is required upon completion of the mission project and is due by December 1 for all grants and must be submitted before applications can be submitted for the following year.

    Inquiries, applications and reports should be sent to:

    Ann Sabo
    Diocese of Southern Ohio
    800.582.1712 or 513.421.0311 ext. 103

    Sustainable Development Goals grant application

  • Through a trust fund established by William Cooper Procter, the Diocese of Southern Ohio has a unique opportunity to reach out in areas of special ministry, providing “…support for innovative activities which go beyond the day to day operations of the church.” The Procter Fund earnings are allocated annually by the Bishop and Trustees of the Diocese, subject to program evaluation, in four distinct areas of activity following the four criteria as determined by the terms of the bequest.

    Under the terms of the bequest, annual budget and grant decisions as well as oversight of the investment of the Procter Fund are the responsibility of the Bishop and Trustees.

    The Four Criteria
    1. William Cooper Procter

      “The giving of relief to those in trouble and need, especially where there would be an opportunity for restoring physical, mental or spiritual well being.”

“The building up of the quality of the clergy in the Diocese by perpetuation of the plans for grants to supplement salaries in churches where there is real promise for the future.”
“The development of a more widespread sense of responsibility in the parishes and missions of the Diocese for the support of the missionary work of the Church. Grants should be made on the same such basis as was used in connection with the refinancing fund given by Mr. Procter in 1933: aid is given to certain churches in time of emergency in return for an agreement pledging those churches to adequate support of the Church’s program.”
“The use of grants to take advantage of unusual opportunities for advance work in the Church’s as distinct from the regular running expenses covered by the budget. The responsibility for the maintenance of the regular work must be borne by the rank and file of its membership, but opportunity should be offered to support any experiments which would afford a chance to take a step forward. The essential unity of the Church’s work requires that there should be no geographical limitations upon these grants so long as the purposes of the fund, as described above, are expressed in the use of this income. Part of the annual income from this fund shall be used for the work of the Church outside of the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
    How to apply

    Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Regular onsite visits are part of the ongoing evaluation of Procter Fund projects. The Bishop and Trustees seek to support the best possible projects linking the diocese and its congregations to the community within the guidelines of the four criteria. The goal is to help strengthen the work of the Church by supporting innovative projects.

    Project planners are encouraged to seek advice from the Procter Fund consultants in writing proposals. The completed application should be mailed to:

    The William Cooper Procter Fund
    Diocese of Southern Ohio
 Attn: The Bishop’s Office
    412 Sycamore Street, 
Cincinnati, OH 45202-4179

    For more information, contact Ann Sabo at asabo@diosohio.org or 800.582.1712. ext 103.

    William Cooper Procter Memorial Fund application

  • Before applying to the 412 Sycamore, Inc. Trustees for a mortgage, the congregation must have the approval of the Diocesan Standing Committee for an encumbrance on their church property. See policy on Resource Page

    1. Once the Church has received the Standing Committee’s approval for an encumbrance, the application is submitted to the Diocesan Financial Officer. The Diocesan Financial Officer is also Corporate Secretary for 412 Sycamore, Inc. The Financial Officer, usually, automatically submits the request to the Trustees of 412 Sycamore, Inc. once the Standing Committee has approved. Most of the documents required have already been given to the Financial Officer, when the congregation requested the encumbrance from the Standing Committee. Some paperwork might need to be updated or more recent financial statements might be required.
    2. The approval or disapproval of the mortgage by the Trustees of 412 Sycamore, Inc. will be communicated to the congregation by the Financial Officer.
    3. The law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur in Columbus will prepare the necessary legal documents including the title opinion, Promissory Note and Mortgage Deed. The Note and Mortgage will then be sent to the congregation for execution and return. The Senior Warden and Junior Warden are responsible for signing the note and loan documents. The congregation should also furnish a copy of its fire and extended coverage insurance policy with “loss payable” endorsement naming 412 Sycamore, Inc. as mortgagee to the Financial Officer. The amount of the insurance coverage should not be less than the amount of the loan.
    4. Upon receipt of the executed documents, the Financial Officer is authorized to release the loan proceeds to the congregation. All legal fees are the responsibility of the church.
    5. The Finance Department at the Diocese will set up the monthly invoicing of the loan. Mortgage payments are due monthly, normally the first of the month.
    6. In the event of a parochial housing loan, the 412 Sycamore, Inc. loan is to the church, with the mortgage recorded on the church property. The church is responsible and required to lend the proceeds to the minister, and duly secure and record a mortgage on the priest’s house. Proof of the legal documents securing the church’s loan is required before release of diocesan money.

The Diocese of Southern Ohio offers scholarship assistance to women and minority students who qualify under certain guidelines.

  • The Book of Remembrance Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for lay and ordained women of the diocese to do graduate study in areas related to church work, special ministries, and helping professions. Funds are also available for short-term non-degree training in workshops, special seminars and skills training, in church related or social service fields.

    The Book of Remembrance, started in 1926 by women of the diocese, is a listing by parish of deceased women whose congregations want to honor their memory. The request for entry of a name can be submitted by a congregation, ECW or individual, along with a donation of at least $15. Donations are added to a trust fund which provides the scholarships.

    Every parish benefits from the work of women who serve God and church without thought of reward. We hope that your congregation or ECW will support the Book of Remembrance Memorial Scholarship Fund and honor the memory of cherished deceased women of your congregation by submitting their names for inclusion in the Book of Remembrance. The names of women added to the Book by August 31 are read during the celebration of the Eucharist at the annual ECW conference held each Fall, at which time the Book is placed on display.

    Checks should be payable to Book of Remembrance. Scholarship applications should be requested in time to submit them by March 1. Applications for assistance for short-term training can be submitted at any time.

    To get a scholarship application or to submit a name for the Book of Remembrance, please contact:

    Amy Baird
    1317 Trinity Place 1A, Middletown OH 45042

  • The Lawrence Home Association, founded in 1896 under the will of philanthropist Eleanor Earnshaw, was started to “provide a Christian home for self-supporting, young women on limited means, the most important aim being to help them elevate their standard of life.” To this day, the Lawrence Home Association provides opportunities for young women.

    An eight-member board of women, appointed by the bishop, meets once a year to vote on recommendations for academic grants for minority women, scholarships for clergy daughters and funding for social-service agencies whose mission is to serve women of limited means and help them move out of conditions related to poverty, abuse, etc.

    The purpose of the Academic Grant for Minority Women program is to help finance the postsecondary education of minority women, regardless of age, who are affiliated with an Episcopal church within the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

    Grant criteria
    • The Academic Grant for Minority Women is open to all minority women who are affiliated with an Episcopal church in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
    • Applicants must be in pursuit of a postsecondary education in a degreed program or on a postsecondary track toward a professional certification.
    • No age restrictions apply.
    • No socioeconomic criteria apply.
    • Applicants must fill out a brief application (links below) that includes a biography and an essay to be considered.
    • Applications must be signed by a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
    • Grant awards are limited to four consecutive years.
    • Grant awards are based on the availability of funding for the Lawrence Home Association’s Academic Grant for Minority Women program.
    • Upon award, applicants must present a class schedule or school registration.

    Print grant criteria

    Download an application

    Download a fill-in, mail-in application

    Apply online

  • Tuition assistance is available for daughters of priests who are in active service in the diocese. The grants are offered by the Lawrence Home Clergy Daughters Tuition Assistance program. Candidates must be undergraduate students in the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Priests who have a daughter who meets these qualifications should contact Ann Sabo at asabo@diosohio.org by April 1, 2020 with the following information:

    • Your name
    • Home address
    • Daughter’s name
    • Academic status year i.e. sophomore, etc.
    • Name of college/institution

    Students are eligible to receive a grant each year for up to four years. Last year’s recipients must resubmit their names to be considered for the 2020-21 grant. Requests arriving after the deadline will not be considered for assistance.
    Please contact Ann Sabo with any questions at asabo@diosohio.org or 513.421.0311 ext 103.

  • The Minority Empowerment Initiative Trust awards scholarships to minority students. Black high school graduates living in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, who have been admitted to an accredited school or program of advanced learning are eligible to apply for a grant. Priority is given to those students with the greatest economic need, as judged by the MEIT board.

    PELL Grants
    These federal funds are available to all eligible students who are pursuing higher education. All MEIT grant applicants must provide a copy of an approval or disapproval letter for a PELL Grant. if an applicant is not eligible for a PELL Grant, information verifying the family income must accompany their application, i.e., current tax and payroll statements.

    Grant Awards
    MEIT grants are designed to leverage the applicant’s available school resources and ensure the student’s ability to attend school. Before consideration can be given to a grant request, applicants are required to show that the majority of the funds needed for school are available. If there is a significant difference between what is available to the student and what is needed, the application is likely to be rejected.

    1. Applicants must provide written evidence, as requested, to confirm compliance with the above statements. Subsequent yearly grants are not automatically given. A new application must be filed each year.
    2. Application must be typed and completed. Any omissions must be explained in writing. Unexplained omissions will result in the application being rejected
    3. All figures must be legibly recorded and added and/or subtracted correctly. Mathematical errors will result in the application being rejected.
    4. All required documentation must be attached to the application. Documentation includes:
      1. A signed copy of a current income tax return
      2. A written statement from the academic institution verifying all school costs listed in the application
      3. A copy of your PELL Grant Award or rejection letter, if applicable.
    5. The information should be believable. For example, an application showing expenses that far exceed the income shown, raises suspicions about the authenticity of the information provided. If the above situation is determined, the application will be rejected.
    6. All grants are paid directly to the school by academic quarter or semester, upon reciept of a billing statement from the school.
    7. If there are unusual extenuating circumstances that you wish to share regarding an application, please attach an additional page.
    8. Limited staff will not allow continuous debate about any aspect of the application. All decisions by the MEIT Board are final. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ask questions before submitting their application. Questions should be directed to Ms. Milicent Eason at 614.252.1916.
    9. Timeline for submitting applications: May 1 until funds are exhausted.

    MEIT Scholarship application (pdf)

    MEIT Scholarship application (Word doc)