Tau Grants

Call for Grant Applications

Release date: July 1, 2016

Tau Grants are currently closed. We anticipate announcing a new cycle soon.

First time applying? Read our How to Apply instructions.


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.


Jessica Gonzalez
Program Officer
(727) 507-9668
Email Jessica


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. Funding requests should focus on:

Projects are intended to support capacity building and basic needs are encouraged.

Projects that are innovative and creative are welcomed, as are those with evidence-based designs.

Grant periods are generally one year or less.

May be requested for up to $10,000.


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 to comply with all requirements of the Allegany Franicscan Ministries Grant Agreement.

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

Preference will be given to community-based organizations with budgets of less than $1 million for Tau Grants.

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 our FAQs for more information.

Organizations with an operating budget of $5 million and over are not eligible for Tau Grants (this includes hospitals and universities).

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

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

An organization may not have more than one active Tau Grant in each Allegany Franciscan Ministries region.

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.

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.

Application Process

The online application 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.

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.

Total Awards

For each of the three regions we anticipate making up to 15 grants with individual grants up to $10,000.

Key Dates

Deadline: April 13, 2017, 12 pm (noon)

Announcement of Funding: July 2017

Print overview of Major and Tau Grant programs.

Review FY16 Tau Grants awarded.

Still have questions?  Read our FAQs.  Contact Jessica Gonzalez, Program Officer if needed.

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