The Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN) is an emergency fund that provides cash assistance to diocesan clergy for the purpose of meeting one-time human needs of individuals in the Diocese of Central New York.

Please note: Individuals in need should not apply directly for an EFHN grant. A member of the clergy of the Diocese of Central New York must make the application.

Eligibility Guidelines

The Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN) should be used by clergy to respond to cases of severe human need in individuals. The following guidelines apply:

  • EFHN is for severe human needs such as food, clothing, shelter and health.
  • EFHN is for needs which cannot be met by other sources of assistance.
  • The clergy member applying is required to contribute to the need from her or his discretionary fund.
  • Grants will not exceed $1,000 per application/$3,000 per year per parish.
  • EFHN is for  individuals within the Diocese of Central New York.

How to Apply

  1. A member of the clergy (parish priest, rector, or dean) or a parish warden (in parishes without clergy) identifies a case of severe human need and determines that the case meets the EFHN guidelines above.
  2. The clergyperson (or warden) completes the EFHN Application . The completed application should be sent to
  3. The EFHN Board will review the application for approval.
  4. The EFHN Board will notify the diocesan office of the approved request, and the diocesan office issues a check, usually to the clergyperson’s discretionary account.

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