San Francisco Foundation awards grants to Episcopal-based programs

Three programs that have their roots in Episcopal congregations have received grants from the San Francisco Foundation for their work serving their neighbors who live in poverty.

  • The Village Project, which was founded by Adrian Williams, a member of St. Cyprian’s, San Francisco, provides afterschool and summer enrichment programs to the children and youth from low-income families in San Francisco. 

  • Trinity Center, a drop-in center for the homeless of Contra Costa County, operates on the grounds and with the support of St. Paul’s, Walnut Creek.

  • St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco, brings together San Francisco faith communities to walk through he most violent corners in the Mission District at night, stopping to light candles and pray for those killed by gun violence.

Episcopal Charities Executive Director Kathleen Piraino and DioCal Director of Development Davey Gerhard led a grant-writing workshop in February 2015 to help these projects apply for the San Francisco Foundation grants. 

“Episcopal Charities has provided funding to each of these projects through our Action Network and other grants. It was very gratifying that San Francisco Foundation also recognized and rewarded the vital work they are doing to serve their neighbors,” said Piraino.

Would your congregation be interested in attending the 2016 grant-writing workshop? Contact Kathleen at or Davey to learn more.