Major Grants

Major Grants

The deadline to apply for Major Grants in 2016 is past.

Call for Applications

Release Date: July 1, 2016

First time applying? Read our How to Apply instructions.


Our Major Grant program partners with nonprofit organizations that are strategically aligned with our mission and focus. Allegany Franciscan Ministries intends to award Major Grants to increase access to health services and improve the overall health status of underserved communities. A limited number of Major Grants are awarded annually through a single, competitive open grant cycle. Grants will support organizations that positively impact the health of individuals, families, and communities, and improve access to health services and information for marginalized, vulnerable, underserved or economically disadvantaged residents in six Florida counties: Hillsborough, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Pinellas and St. Lucie.


Allegany Franciscan Ministries defines health from a broad perspective that includes physical, social, mental, spiritual, environmental and cultural health for individuals and communities.

Successful applications will:

    Demonstrate an ability to address documented unmet health needs in
    the community.

    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


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).

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

Applicants must have an annual, independent audit for the the most recent fiscal year and for each year of the grant term.

The project must align with Catholic Social Teaching.


While we do believe in the good works all local nonprofits are doing in our region we must have certain restrictions. Please see FAQs for more information.

Grant funding is not available for individuals, public agencies, capital projects (buildings, van/automobiles, etc.), fundraising events or endowments.

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

Grant funding requests may include personnel costs in the grant budget; please do not request the full amount of a grant in personnel. Funds are not intended to be used entirely for an individual salary.

Allegany Franciscan Ministries does not provide funding for afterschool, out-of-school and mentoring programs; typically projects focusing on specific diseases will not be funded.

Allegany Franciscan Ministries does not provide funding for direct services such as mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment or physical therapy or for halfway houses and similar residential programs.

Grant funding cannot be used for expenses incurred before finalizing the Grant Agreement.

Total Awards

For each of the three regions, we anticipate funding up to four grants ranging between $50,000 to $200,000 for one to two years.

Application Process

We utilize an online 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.

The Major Grant application process involves two distinct competitive phases.

We will confirm receipt by e-mail.

Key Dates

Descriptions of recently awarded Major Grants may be found on the Recent Awards page of our website. Questions on grants?  First view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and then contact Jessica Gonzalez, Program Officer, with additional questions.


Jessica Gonzalez
Program Officer
Email Jessica
Telephone: 727-507-9668 

Print Overview of Major and Tau Grant program.

Review 2016 Major Grants awarded.

Still have questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Contact Jessica Gonzalez, Program Officer, if needed.

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