ACOR Grants

Allegany Community Out Reach (ACOR) Grants provide short-term support to projects and organizations that extend the mission and vision of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. Grants focus on improving health, wellness and quality of life in marginalized communities. Funding is limited to nonprofit organizations directly affiliated with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany or Allegany Franciscan Associates, or that are a ministry of Trinity Health. Requests up to $10,000 will be considered.

Grant requests may be submitted for either program or general operating support. Program requests should be for specific projects and activities. Examples include nutrition education, food, shelter and clothing, and employment skills. General operating requests support the organization’s overall mission and goals and should help strengthen the organization or further its charitable purposes. Examples include strategic planning, technology upgrades, infrastructure costs such as utilities, rent and personnel.


Erin Baird

Erin Baird, Director of Grants
(727) 507-9668/Email Erin

Carla Batts

For technology questions:
Carla Batts, Grants Administration Manager
(727) 507-9668/Email Carla

Priority Criteria

Priority will be given to organizations and projects that meet most or all of the following criteria:

Improve the health, wellness and quality of life through a holistic approach;

Promote self-sufficiency or bring about systemic change;

Provide services to individuals from marginalized groups: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color – People of color refers to any racial group or population that identifies as non-white), members of LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, low-income populations and other historically disenfranchised groups;

Strive to incorporate the viewpoint of individuals who are served;

Focus on women;

Focus on environment.

Past Grants Awarded


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 willing and able to comply with all requirements of the Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ grant agreement (see sample 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 your organization must be 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.

Application Process

There are two steps to the online application. First, a brief LOI (letter of intent) application must be completed. Second, if LOI is approved, you will be invited to complete a full application.

Access the application through the Login menu at the top of the page. Select Applicant/Grant Partner Login. If this is your first time applying, review How to Apply information first – English / Portuguese.

If a prior application from the organization has been declined, it is strongly recommended you speak with us before submitting another request (see contact information above).

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed in two cycles.

LOI deadline

Full application deadline

Decisions announced

Fall Cycle

September 28, 2023

October 2, 2023 (noon)

November 2023

Spring Cycle

March 28, 2024

April 1, 2024 (noon)

May 2024

Total Awards

We anticipate making up to 28 grants with individual grants up to $10,000 for one-year term.

Reference Documents

ACOR Grant Program Overview FY24 – English / Portuguese
ACOR LOI application questions* – English / Portuguese
ACOR Full Grant application questions* (invited applicants only) – English / Portuguese

*LOI and Full Grant application questions are provided in advance for reference only. Applications must be submitted online. See instructions under Application Process.

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