Allegany Community Out Reach (ACOR) Grants support local community projects and provide operating support to nonprofit organizations that extend the vision of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. A direct affiliation with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, Allegany Franciscan Associates or Trinity Health is required to apply. Requests up to $10,000 will be considered.
Grant requests may be submitted for either program or general operating support. Applicants will be asked to identify which type of funding is being requested in their grant application. General operating support has been temporarily added to address the challenges placed on nonprofits due to the COVID pandemic.
Program requests should be for specific projects and activities intended to improve health, wellness and quality of life for local, underserved communities. Short term support will be provided for new, current or expansion projects. Examples of successful programs focus on (but are not limited to):
-basic needs (food, shelter, clothing)
-health education and access
General operating requests will support a nonprofit organization’s overall mission and goals and should help strengthen the organization or further its charitable purposes. General operating support is unrestricted. Examples of general operating support include:
-organizational administrative or infrastructure costs, such as utilities, rent, personnel
-help to maintain core programs and essential staff
-one-time capacity needs such as strategic planning or technology
Improve the heath, wellness and quality of life through a holistic approach;
Promote self-sufficiency or bring about systemic change;
Provide services to individuals from marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities, low-income populations, and members of the LGBTQ community. These groups have faced historical disenfranchisements;
strive to incorporate the viewpoint of individuals who are served;
Focus on empowering women
To be considered for funding, the organization must meet the following basic requirements:
have received a ruling from the Internal Revenue Services confirming exemption from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
be “in good standing” with Allegany Franciscan Ministries (for organizations that have received one or more grants from Allegany Franciscan Ministries)
be willing and able to comply with all requirements of the Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ Grant Agreement
Projects must be affiliated with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany or Allegany Franciscan 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.
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 Grants are not available for individuals, public agencies, fundraising events, or endowments.
We discourage requesting grant funds to be used entirely for an individual salary.
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 share recommendations with the board of directors.
If a prior application from the organization has been declined, it is strongly recommended you speak with us before submitting another request.
The dates for the first and second cycle are as follows:
Sept. 10, 2019 at 2:30 pm
October 1, 2019 (noon)
April 9, 2020 (noon)
We anticipate making up to 30 grants with individual grants up to $10,000 for one year term.