ACOR Grants

Call for Grant Applications

Release Date: July 15, 2019

First time applying? Read our How to Apply instructions.

The following changes to the Spring 2020 ACOR Grants are effectively immediately:

• The April 1st grant deadline has been extended to April 9th.
• ACOR Grants this cycle will be for general operating support. Grant funds if awarded, can be used for any purpose as along as it aligns with Catholic Social Teaching. This include programs.
• There is a new grant application with questions relating to organizational needs. If you have already applied, you do not need to do anything. Staff may reach out to you with additional questions.
• The affiliation form will not be required. Questions relating to affiliation have been added to the new application.
• We will move up awards to late April/early May.

Program Description

Allegany Community Out Reach (ACOR) Grants provide short-term support to local community projects that are in keeping with the mission, vision, and direction of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. ACOR Grants are unique among Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ grant programs in that they do not have a geographic restriction.  Rather, they require a direct affiliation with Franciscan Sisters of Allegany or Trinity Health.


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

Priority Criteria

Improve the heath, wellness and quality of life through a holistic approach to education or direct service;

Promote self-sufficiency or bring about systemic change;

Benefit people who are part of a disenfranchised segment of society; whether it be on the basis of nationality, race, class, or any other factor;

Strive to incorporate the viewpoint of individuals who are direct recipients of services;

Focus on the concerns of the poor and marginalized and the equality of women


Grant periods are generally for one year or less.

Requests up to $10,000 will be considered; the amount awarded may not be the same as the amount requested.

Examples of the types of projects that may be funded by ACOR Grants include but are not limited to:

Basic needs (food, clothing, shelter)

social justice advocacy

Environmental education

Franciscan spirituality


Job Readiness

Health education and access


Organizations must have a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service confirming exemption from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Organizations must be willing and able to comply with all requirements of the Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ Grant Agreement.

Organizations must be current with their progress reports and any previous ACOR Grants.

Organizations must be affiliated with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany or Franciscan Sisters of Allegany 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.

Organization must comply with Catholic social teaching.

Project must align with Allegany Franciscan Ministries mission and core values.


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

The online grant application process 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.

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:

Informational Webinar


Decisions Announced

Fall Cycle

Sept. 10, 2019 at 2:30 pm

October 1, 2019 (noon)

November 2019

Spring Cycle


April 9, 2020 (noon)

May 2019

Total Awards

We anticipate making up to 30 grants with individual grants up to $10,000 for one year term.

Review FY19 ACOR Grants awarded.

Questions? Read our FAQs. Contact Erin Baird,
Director of Grants if needed.

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