Call for Grant Applications
Release date: August 28, 2017
The Tau Grant program partners with nonprofit organizations that are strategically aligned with Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ mission and focus. We intend to award Tau Grants to increase access to health services and improve the overall health status of underserved communities. 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. Grants are intended to assist with organizational or program needs that are limited in time and scope.
Allegany Franciscan Ministries offers Tau Grants for small and mid-sized nonprofits with organizational or program needs that are limited in scope. Tau Grants are intended to support services that assist people who are marginalized, economically poor, or have limited access to healthcare and health information. This year the first cycle of Tau Grants will support Organizational Capacity Building. Grant applications should show how the organization aligns with Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ mission and strategies. Requests up to $10,000 will be considered.
For the purposes of this Tau Grant application process, capacity building is defined as intentional, mission-driven efforts aimed at strengthening the operations, management and governance of nonprofits to improve their performance and impact. Successful applications could focus on (but are not limited to):
Strategic Planning/Succession Planning/Fund Development Strategy
Board Development/Staff Development
One time purchase of technology upgrades and/or training on new technology
Social Enterprise Development and Planning
To be considered for funding, the organization must align with Catholic social teaching, and 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 in “good standing” with Allegany Franciscan Ministries (for organizations that have received one or more grants from Allegany Franciscan Ministries).
Be willing to comply with all requirements of the Allegany Franicscan Ministries Grant Agreement. (See a sample agreement on the Grants Overview page of our website).
Organizations with an operating budget of $2 million and over are not eligible for Tau Grants (this includes hospitals and universities).
Organizations are discouraged from applying for a Tau Grant within one year of receiving a prior Tau Grant, and from applying for the same project multiple times. The Tau Grant is not intended to provide ongoing, sustaining funding for a project or an organization and will not necessarily be renewed annually.
Not available for individuals, public agencies, capital projects (buildings, van/automobiles, etc.) fundraising events, or endowments.
An organization may not have more than one active Tau Grant in each Allegany Franciscan Ministries region and only one organization may be submitted for an organization per cycle.
Grant funding requests may include personnel but may not be used entirely for salary.
Afterschool, out-of-school and mentoring programs are not eligible; typically projects focusing on specific diseases will not be funded.
Not intended to provide ongoing, sustaining funding for a project or an organization and will not necessarily be renewed annually.
Not available for direct services such as mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment or physical therapy, or for halfway houses and similar residential programs.
Be sure to choose the application that corresponds with the region your project will serve: Palm Beach Region (Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties), Miami-Dade Region and Tampa Bay Region (Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties).
If a prior application from the organization has been declined, it is strongly recommended you speak with us before submitting another request.
Applications may be submitted at any time, and will be reviewed in two cycles.
Receipt of the application will be confirmed by e-mail.
Staff and grant committees review applications and make funding recommendations to board of directors.
Board makes funding decisions.
For each of the three regions we anticipate making up to 15 grants with individual grants up to $10,000.
Deadline: October 12, 2017, 12 pm (noon)
Announcement of Funding: December 20, 2017