The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Ricks-Wheeler Fund

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. In 2018 the Cathedral allocated a total of $29,000 to seven agencies. The Ricks-Wheeler Grants Committee recommends allocations to the Chapter and Endowment Board, based on annual applications. 

2019 Grants

Applications to the Ricks/Wheeler Fund should be submitted by noon on Friday, September 6, 2019.

Your application packet should contain the following items collated in this order:

  • Application form – 10 copies
  • Letter of request – 10 copies
  • Two years of most current audited financials – 3 copies
  • Most recent IRS Form 990 – 3 copies
  • 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)–10 copies

If copying the quantity of materials required for the application presents a financial hardship for your agency and you are unable to submit electronically, please contact Amy Mininberg at to make alternative arrangements.

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.

Click here to download the 2019 Ricks/Wheeler Grant Application »

2018 Grants

Care and Counseling Center of Georgia for the continuation and expansion of CCCG’s counseling services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS as well as to provide pastoral care and chaplaincy support to people living with HIV/AIDS.

AID Atlanta to provide emergency financial assistance to HIV/AIDS clients living very near or below poverty level and having no other resources for assistance.

H.E.R.O. for Children’s SuperHERO 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
combats homelessness in the HIV/AIDS community by providing beds to over 50 percent of the housing in Atlanta for homeless persons with AIDS. They have two residential facilities as well as off-site apartments.  

Open Hand’s grant will provide freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced meals, nutritional supplements and nutritional assessment, education and guidance services to low income, medically eligible persons with symptomatic HIV/AIDS whose health care providers have certified them as needing these services.

Positive Impact
provides mental health services for persons affected by HIV/AIDS. The grant to this organization will be used for bilingual counselors to provide psychological counseling services for Spanish- only speaking clients living with HIV/AIDS.

Living Room
's grant is to be used for their Emergency Financial Assistance to help people living with HIV/AIDS who are homeless with emergency housing and permanent housing placement. Funds will also help PLWHA at risk of becoming homeless maintain housing.