Major Grants

Major Grants

Call for Applications

Release Date: November 15, 2018
We are no longer accepting applications. Check back in August 2019 for more information.

Invited Applicants – FY19 Major Grant Application & Evaluation Webinars
General Operating Support recording | slides
Programmatic recording | slides

FY18 Major Grant Post-Award Webinar – slides and recording

First time applying? Read our How to Apply instructions.

Our Approach

Allegany Franciscan Ministries approaches health from a “Social Determinants of Health” (SDOH) perspective, recognizing that individual and community health is impacted by a range of social, economic and physical conditions such as availability of safe housing, access to healthy food, quality of education and job training, transportation options, and access to health care. For more information about SDOH, visit the Allegany Franciscan Ministries Resource Page or follow these links  CHA SDOH and Healthy 2020 SDOH.


Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ FY19 grants will fund organizations, programs, or initiatives that strategically align with its mission, as well as its focus to increase access to health services, and/or 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.

Allegany Franciscan Ministries has a single Major Grant process with two separate applications: 1) General Operating Support, and 2) Programmatic Support. Prospective grant partners should complete one application  for either General Operating Support or Programmatic Support, choosing the one that best fits their need(s).

General Operating Support: These grants will support the organization’s overall mission and goals rather than specific projects or programs, and should help strengthen the organization or further its charitable purposes. General Operating Support is unrestricted and can be used to underwrite an organization’s administrative or infrastructure costs, or help to maintain core programs and essential staff. Requests may be submitted for a total amount of up to $100,000, and not more than 25% of the organization’s annual operating budget.

Programmatic Support: These grants will provide funding for specific projects and activities that are intended to result in an increase in access to health services or an improvement in the health status of those served. Projects may focus on eliminating barriers to health, advocating for health reform or systems change, or providing health navigation and care coordination. Programmatic Support may also include capacity-building efforts to improve or strengthen the organization or its programs.

In addition to addressing the strategies identified above, successful applications will:

   Effectively utilize community and neighborhood assets and resources;

   Involve those served in various ways, including decision-making;

   Produce measurable results and ongoing community impact;

   Promote the dignity of the person;

   Demonstrate an ability to address documented unmet health needs in
   the community (for Programmatic Support applications).



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 and able to comply with all requirements of the Allegany Franciscan Ministries Grant Agreement. (See a sample grant agreement).

The project must align with Catholic social teaching.

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

Major Grant applicants are expected to have an annual, independent audit for the the most recent fiscal year and for each year of the grant term.

In addition, requests for General Operating Support must meet the following requirements:

Have held a 501(c) (3) exemption status for at least three years;

Have evidence of long-term planning such as a detailed strategic plan or work plan.


Please see Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ FAQs for more information.

Only one Major Grant application may be submitted for an organization per cycle. Only one application may be submitted, for Programmatic Support or General Operating Support (not both). 

Funding is not eligible for:

  individuals, public agencies, capital projects/improvements (buildings,
  van/automobiles, etc.), fundraising events or endowments;

  afterschool, out-of-school and mentoring programs;

  direct services such as mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment
or physical therapy, 
or for halfway houses and similar residential programs.

Organizations, including universities and hospitals, with annual budgets in
excess of $15 million dollars are strongly discouraged to apply for General
Operating grants.

Total Awards

We anticipate providing up to fifteen grants across the three regions we serve. The grant period will be one to two years with funds ranging between $10,000 and $100,000 for General Operating Support and between $50,000 and $200,000 for Programmatic Support. For clarification and examples regarding funding amounts, click here.

Application Process and Timeline

The Major Grant application process involves two distinct competitive phases, a Letter of Intent (LOI) and a full application upon invitation. Allegany utilizes an online grant application process; access the application via the Apply link at the top of this page.  If this is your first time applying, review the How to Apply information first.

Key Dates


Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie Counties
Upendo Shabazz

Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties
Cheri Wright-Jones

Miami-Dade County
Daniel Gibson
Telephone: 305-860-1441

Print Overview of Major Grant program.

Review 2018 Major Grants awarded.

Still have questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) then reach out to a contact on this page.

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