ACOR Grants

Call for Grant Applications

Release Date: August 1, 2017

First time applying? Read our How to Apply instructions.


Allegany Community Out Reach (ACOR) Grants provide short-term support to local community projects that are in keeping with the mission, vision, and direction of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. ACOR Grants are unique among Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ grant programs in that they do not have a geographic restriction.  Rather, they require a direct affiliation with Franciscan Sisters of Allegany or Trinity Health.


Erin Baird
Director of Grants
(727) 507-9668
Email Erin

Guidelines and Priority Criteria

Improve the heath, wellness and quality of life through a holistic approach to education or direct service;

Promote self-sufficiency or bring about systemic change;

Benefit people who are part of a disenfranchised segment of society; whether it be on the basis of nationality, race, class, or any other factor;

Strive to incorporate the viewpoint of individuals who are direct recipients of services;

Focus on the concerns of the poor and marginalized and the equality of women;

Affiliated with Franciscan Sisters of Allegany or Franciscan Sisters of Allegany Associates


Organizations must have a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service confirming exemption from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Organizations must be willing and able to comply with all requirements of the Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ Grant Agreement.

Organizations must be current with their progress reports and any previous ACOR Grants.

Projects must be affiliated with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany or Franciscan Sisters of Allegany Associates (i.e. where the FSA members/associates are present as sponsor, trustee, staff or volunteer) or have a direct affiliation with a ministry of Trinity Health.

Project must comply with Catholic social teaching.

Project must align with Allegany Franciscan Ministries mission and core values.


No organization may receive more than one ACOR Grant per year.

Only one application may be submitted for an organization per cycle.

Organizations with an active (current) ACOR grant may not apply until the active grant is completed.

ACOR funds are not available for individuals, public agencies, fundraising events, or endowments.

Grant funding requests may include personnel. Funds are not intended to be used for an individual salary.

Application Process

The online grant application process may be accessed via the Apply link at the top of this page.  If this is your first time applying, review the How to Apply information first.

Applications may be submitted at any time, and will be reviewed in two cycles.

We will confirm receipt by e-mail.

Staff and grant committee review grant applications and make recommendations to the board of directors.

Board makes funding decisions.

If a prior application from the organization has been declined, it is strongly recommended you speak with us before submitting another request.

Total Awards

We anticipate making up to 20 grants with individual grants up to $15,000 for one year term.

Key Dates

Deadlines: October 2, 2017 and April 16, 2018 

Announcements: December 2017 and June 2018

Examples of the types of projects that may be funded by ACOR grants:

  • basic needs (food, clothing, etc.)
  • health education
  • employment skills
  • social justice advocacy
  • literacy
  • environmental education
  • Franciscan spirituality

Print ACOR Overview document.
Click here for Portuguese translation.

Review FY17 ACOR Grants awarded.

Questions? Read our FAQs. Contact Erin Baird,
Director of Grants if needed.

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