May 11, 2022

Today the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia (ECF) announces three grants to organizations that are working to end poverty and oppression in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. The grants have been made to The Friendship Center (Atlanta), MUST Ministries (Roswell), and North Fulton Community Charities (Roswell).

“The COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for the services provided by each of our nonprofit grantees this cycle,” said Lindsey Hardegree, Executive Director for ECF. “We applaud these efforts to not only increase capacity through capital improvements but to streamline efforts in a way that will allow each organization to grow in the future. Each of these grants is truly an investment into the communities where our Episcopal parishes are serving.”

ECF’s spring 2022 general grant recipients:

  • The Friendship Center, in partnership with St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church in Brookhaven, has received a capital grant of $40,000 to purchase a new vehicle for use with their programs which promote the mental, physical, and spiritual well-being of adults marginalized by mental health challenges and by poverty.
  • MUST Ministries, in partnership with St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Marietta, has received a capital grant of $20,000 to purchase heavy equipment for their food distribution center, including a pallet racking system and a cardboard bailer, which will increase their capacity to distribute food in an effective and efficient manner.
  • North Fulton Community Charities, in partnership with St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, has received a capital grant of $25,000 to construct a new climate-controlled storage unit for nonperishables distributed at their food pantry and clothing assistance program.

ECF awards grants twice a year; Letters of Intent (LOIs) for the fall 2022 cycle are due September 30, 2022. Those interested in applying for funding should visit 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.

About Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia

Founded in 1982 as the Episcopal Charities Foundation, the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia (ECF) provides funding, leadership, and resources to enable Episcopal parishes and nonprofit partners to lift up people experiencing poverty and oppression and to achieve significant, long-lasting impact in the Diocese of Atlanta. Since its inception, ECF has donated more than $5.3 million to promote thriving and spiritually strong individuals, families, and communities locally. Learn more at