About Episcopal Charities

Love your neighbor

Episcopal Charities began its mission in 1952 with the desire to help those in need. For almost seventy years, Episcopal Charities has brought hope to those in our communities whose needs are greatest. Through our partnerships with nonprofit agencies and church ministries, we help provide food, shelter, and healthcare for those who go without and those whose voices are often unheard. By sharing the love of Christ with all our neighbors, donors, volunteers, agencies, churches and people like YOU work together make this mission possible. 

This year, we are focusing on raising money for agencies and ministries that provide for basic human needs – food, shelter, healthcare – for our at-risk children and et-risk seniors in our state.

The Episcopal Charities Annual Fund provides sustaining grants for nonprofit agencies that work with our congregations to meet needs in their local communities.

 Donors can also give to the Charities NOW fund which provides small emergency grants that go out the door quickly to support feeding ministries in our churches and nonprofit agencies that partner with our churches to serve our neighbors. 

We are proud to say that 100 percent of your gift is used for direct support of the agencies and ministries we fund. Episcopal Charities has a separate endowment to cover our administrative costs.

You can donate to either, or both, of these funds by mailing a check to Episcopal Charities Fund of Rhode Island, 275 North Main St., Providence, R.I. 02903, or by giving online using the button at the top or bottom of this page.

A list of all the agencies that received funds in 2020 is located here.

How to Apply for an Episcopal Charities Grant

2021 Episcopal Charities Annual Grant Application period will run between May 1 and June 30.

Because so many of our Rhode Island agencies and ministries are working tirelessly to assist those affected by the pandemic, the Episcopal Charities Annual Grant Application period will run between May 1st and June 30th. Throughout the summer and fall, Charities volunteers read the applications and make site visits to many of the agencies.  The grants are awarded in December of each year.  The application (when available), as well as  information about the application process, can be found here.

Other News about Episcopal Charities

Bishop Higgins Award is given to a special person for distinguished and meritorious service on behalf of the Episcopal Charities Fund of Rhode Island.  The history of this award and a list of recipients can be found here.



For more information, contact Betsy Fornal at charities@episcopalri.org