Episcopal Community Services (ECS) Development Council serves the Diocese and parishes by providing grant funding that supports parish ministries. The focus of our funding is on efforts that create partnerships, strengthen communities, serve our neighborhoods, and form disciples. The work of ECS is to review proposals, evaluate existing parish and community partnerships, and make recommendations for funding each year.
ECS 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 on Monday mornings. Members are assigned to sub-committees (review committees). In October and November, each review committee meets separately to review grant applications in detail and to develop recommendations for review in full committee. In addition to serving on grant review teams, each member will participate in site visits (either virtual or in-person when possible). 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 ECS Development Council members who have a passion for outreach and a commitment to working with other members of the committee.
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.
The ECS Development Council has recently 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.