Today the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia (ECF) announces its first two Small Acts of Charity grants to Cherokee Asset Learning for Leadership (CALL) in Macon and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church (Decatur).
“ECF has shifted its grant-making focus to encourage larger, more impactful grants; however, we also acknowledge that sometimes smaller funding requests are needed to continue our work building the Beloved Community,” said Lindsey Hardegree, Executive Director for the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia. “Our Small Acts of Charity are granted to one or two applicants each quarter; this allows us to preserve ECF’s primary funding for impactful partnerships while still providing an opportunity for smaller requests to be considered.”
ECF’s Q1 Small Acts of Charity 2017 recipients:
• Cherokee Asset Learning for Leadership (CALL) will receive a grant of $3,500 to fund an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) process for the Cherokee Heights Historic District in Macon. ABCD focuses on the existing resources and capacity within a community to address the needs of that specific community, and CALL will be researching how the assets in and around Cherokee Heights might be best utilized for mission and outreach to the poor and oppressed in the area formerly occupied by St. James Episcopal Church (Macon).
• St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church (Decatur) will receive a grant of $3,500 towards renovating its kitchen space as a part of the expansion of their food pantry ministry to enable hot meal service. In the seven years since its founding, the St. Timothy’s Food Pantry Program has seen a more than 300% increase in the amount of food distributed to families in need, and has determined that expanding its services to also include hot nutritious breakfasts will fill an unmet need in the community. Kitchen renovations will allow for 840 hot meals to be served per year to the participants in the Food Pantry Program, as well as 120 meals per year to the nearby residents of Hagar’s House Emergency Shelter.
About ECF’s Grant Programs:
ECF awards General Grants twice a year and Small Acts of Charity (capped at $5,000) quarterly. Applications for the Q2 Small Acts of Charity are due May 15, 2017. Those interested in applying for funding should visit http://ecfatlanta.org/grants for information regarding both funding opportunities as well as links to the applications. Applicants are encouraged to contact Lindsey Hardegree with any questions they may have regarding eligibility or their applications.