Major Grants

Major Grants

Call for Applications

Release Date: September 5, 2017

FY19 Grant information will be available in November 2018.

FY18 Major Grant Post Award Webinar – for funded partners
slides  webinar

First time applying? Read our How to Apply instructions.


Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ FY 18 grants will fund organizations, programs, or initiatives that are strategically aligned with its mission and focus. Allegany Franciscan Ministries intend to award Major Grants to increase access to health services, and improve the overall health status of underserved communities. Grants will support organizations that postively impact the health of individuals, families, and underserved or economically disadvantaged residents.


Allegany Franciscan Ministries defines health from a broad perspective that includes physical, social, mental, spiritual, environmental and cultural health for individuals and communities. This year there is a single Major Grant process with two separate applications: 1) General Operating Support, and 2) Programmatic Support. Prospective grant partners should complete one application, choosing the one that best fits their need.

General Operating Support: These grants will support the organization’s overall mission and goals rather than specific projects or programs. These core support funds should help strengthen the organization or further its charitable purposes.

Programmatic Support: These grants will provide funding for specific projects and activities that the organization plans to undertake, to result in an increase in access to health services, or an improvement in the health status of those served. Projects may focus on eliminating barriers to health, advocating for health reform or systems change, or providing health navigation and care coordination.

In addition to addressing the strategies identified above, successful applications will:

   Effectively utilize community and neighborhood assets and resources.

   Involve those served in various ways, including decision-making.

   Produce measurable results and on-going community impact;

   Promote the dignity of the person.

   Demonstrate an ability to address documented unmet health needs in
   the community (for Programmatic Support applications).



To be considered for funding, the organization must meet the following basic requirements:

Have received a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service confirming its exemption from federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Serve residents of one or more of the following counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade.

Be willing and able to comply with all requirements of the Allegany Franciscan Ministries Grant Agreement. (See a sample grant agreement).

The project must align with Catholic social teaching.

Be “in good standing” with Allegany Franciscan Ministries (for organizations that have received one or more grants from Allegany Franciscan Ministries).

Major Grant applicants are expected to have an annual, independent audit for the the most recent fiscal year and for each year of the grant term.

In addition, requests for General Operating Support must meet the following requirements:

Have held a 501(c) (3) exemption status for at least three years;

Have evidence of long-term planning such as a detailed strategic plan or work plan.


Please see Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ FAQs for more information.

Only one Major Grant application may be submitted for an organization per cycle. Only one application may be submitted, for Programmatic Support or General Operating Support (not both). 

Funding is not eligible for:

  individuals, public agencies, capital projects/improvements (buildings,
  van/automobiles, etc.), fundraising events or endowments;

  afterschool, out-of-school and mentoring programs;

  direct services such as mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment
or physical therapy, 
or for halfway houses and similar residential programs.

Organizations, including universities and hospitals, with annual budgets in
excess of $15 million dollars are strongly discouraged to apply for General
Operating grants.

Total Awards

We anticipate providing up to twelve grants ranging between $50,000 and $200,000 across the three regions we serve. The grant period will be one to two years.

Application Process

The Major Grant application process involves two distinct competitive phases., a Letter of Intent (LOI) and a full application upon invitation. Allegany utilizes an online grant application process; access the application via the Apply link at the top of this page.  If this is your first time applying, review the How to Apply information first.

Key Dates


Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie Counties
Upendo Shabazz

Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties
Cheri Wright-Jones

Miami-Dade County
Daniel Gibson
Telephone: 305-860-1441

Print Overview of Major Grant program.

Review 2017 Major Grants awarded.

Still have questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) then reach out to a contact on this page.

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