ECW Grants

The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Chicago provide up to three grants each year. These grants provide support to initiatives that represent a wide variety of programs and outreach from across the diocese.


Phoebe Griswold Grant     One $1000 grant each year


The Phoebe Griswold Grant is available to any member - female or male - in the Diocese of Chicago who is developing an innovative program which provides services to women and/or families.  

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ECW Recognition Grant   Up to two, $500 grants each year


The Recognition Grant is awarded to a parish women's organization which has provided excellent outreach inside or outside of their community.  Applicant organizations must be from parishes that support the ECW through the Voluntary Financial Contribution (Fair Share) program.

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2019 ECW Recognition Grant Recipient

This year's award is given to the women of St. Bride's Episcopal Church, Oregon for their Birthday Bags for children whose families use the Lifeline Food Pantry in Oregon.  


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2018 ECW Rocognition Grant Recipient


This year's award is given to the women of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Chicago for their Blessing Bags program.  Members of the parish are encouraged to carry these plastic bags of toiletries to offer to homeless people that they meet in the neighborhood. 


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Honored Women of the Diocese


Angela Watkins (Messiah-St. Bartholomew, Chicago) was honored at the 2018 Annual Meeting as the Distinguished Woman of the Diocese of Chicago.



2018 Honored Women Booklet

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knitogether  Supporting and connecting knitting ministries


Bring your knitting to Diocesan Convention.  Submit articles and photos to The Mirror newsletter sharing the news about what the women in your church knit and for whom they knit.

Annual Giving Recipients


Each year, the ECW provides grants to a number of organizations who support work with women and families.  These grants are reviewed on an annual basis and each year we seek to refine our giving to focus even more on women oriented organizations.  This is the list from the 2019 Giving.


Archives of the Diocese of Chicago (Episcopal Church Women's Collection)


Bishop's Appeal


Episcopal Charities

     Bishop Anderson House

     St. Augustine College

     Youth Guidance - WOW! - Working on Womanhood


Campus Ministries

     Brent House, University of Chicago

     Canterbury House, Northwestern University

     Grace Place, Northern Illinois University

     South Loop Campus Ministry, Chicago

     Western Illinois University


Companion Dioceses

      Renk, South Sudan - Women's Microfinance Program

      Southeast Mexico


Daughters of the King


Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans


Spirit Without Borders - outreach to women in San Salvador



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