Applications to the Ricks/Wheeler Fund should be submitted electronically using the form below by noon on Friday, September 17, 2021. Only electronic submissions will be considered, and should include the following, which can be uploaded into the application form:
- Letter of request
- Two years of most current audited financials
- Most recent IRS Form 990
- IRS letter of exemption certifying 501(c)3 status (unless previously submitted)
- One page report of use of last year’s grant funds (prior recipient only)
Please keep your letter of request brief—preferably one page, and no more than two. Please describe in it the mission of your organization, the services you provide, the population that you serve, and any historical information that you think may be helpful to the grants review committee in understanding the ministry that you provide.
As a faith community, we believe that God has called each of us individually and collectively to care for the sick, the hungry, and the poor. Grants from the Ricks/Wheeler fund are not restricted to Episcopal or other faith-based organizations. However, it is important to the grants review committee to understand how the grant will be used to carry out the gospel service to which we are called. Please make sure your letter explains to us how the grant provided will carry out both the intent of the donor—ministry to persons with HIV/AIDS—and this gospel call to service.
If your organization does not conduct annual audits, please attach financials along with a statement by your board chair or executive director certifying that the statements are true, whole, and accurate.
While not required, a site visit may be a useful activity for our grants reviewer(s) to understand the work your organization does. A grants reviewer may contact you to schedule a site visit.
The proceeds of the James Wynn Ricks, Jr. and Kenneth Wayne Wheeler Fund, a gift of the late Jim Ricks, are designated to support programs and activities which minister to persons living with HIV/AIDS. The Ricks-Wheeler Grants Committee recommends allocations to the Chapter and Endowment Board, based on annual applications.
In evaluating each applicant, committee members consider the organization’s mission, the quality of service, the quantity of people impacted by the organization, its stewardship and financial management, its compatibility with the Gospel call to outreach, and the values and mission of the Cathedral community. Information from a written application, audited financial statements, and a site visit or phone call were used in the decision process. The committee has awarded Ricks-Wheeler funds totaling $28,689.00 to the following agencies in 2020:
Chris 180 to support individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS and to provide training to clergy caring for these individuals.
H.E.R.O. for Children for the SuperHERO's Mentoring Program, a community-based, one-on-one mentoring program serving children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS in the metro Atlanta area.
Jerusalem House to help provide mental health services and housing to their clients.
Open Hand Atlanta to provide medically-tailored meals and Medical NutritionTherapy for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Positive Impact Health Centers to continue psychological counseling services to monolingual Spanish speaking clients living with HIV/AIDS.
AID Atlanta to support the Client Assistance Fund which assists their clients in need of housing, utilities, transportation, food, medical co-pays and insurance premiums.
Action Cycling Atlanta, Inc. to assist ACA in hosting their AV200 Bike Ride in May 2021.