Social determinants of health are social, economic, and physical conditions that influence a person’s overall health status, such as availability of safe housing, access to healthy food, quality of education and job training, transportation options, and access to health care. Addressing social determinants of health is important for reducing longstanding disparities in health and health care and achieving equitable health outcomes for marginalized groups. Health inequities often stem from structural racism or the historical disenfranchisement and discrimination of particular marginalized groups, including racial and ethnic minorities, low-income populations, and members of the LGBTQ community. These groups have historically been barred from obtaining resources that are needed to be healthy, and are disproportionately exposed to a combination of health risks.
For the purposes of this Tau Grant application process, capacity building is defined as intentional, mission-driven efforts aimed at strengthening the operations, management, programs and governance of nonprofits to improve their performance and impact. Priority will be given to organizations or programs with a need for Technology Equipment and/or Software and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training/Social Justice Training. Successful applications could focus on (but are not limited to):
Technology Equipment and/or Software
Strategic Planning/Fundraising Strategy/Fund Development Strategy
Board Development/Staff Development
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training/Social Justice Training
Website Redesign/Marketing and Communications
To be considered for funding, the project must align with Catholic social teaching, and 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: Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin, Hillsborough and Pinellas.
-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. (See a sample agreement).
Organizational Limitations – Tau Grants
Organizations with an operating budget of $2 million dollars or over are not eligible (this includes hospitals and universities).
Not available for individuals, public agencies, capital projects (buildings, van/automobiles, etc.) fundraising events, or endowments.
An organization may not have an active Tau Grant in each Allegany Franciscan Ministries region.
Project Limitations – Tau Grants
Requests may include personnel costs buy may not be used entirely for salary.
Not intended to provide ongoing sustaining funding for a project or an organization and will not necessarily be renewed annually.
We anticipate making up to 15 grants in cycle 1 with individual grants up to $10,000 for a one-year term.
If a prior application from the organization has been declined, we strongly recommend you speak with Brittney Frazier, Allegany’s lead for Tau Grants before submitting a request (see contact information below).
Receipt of the application will be confirmed by e-mail.
The dates for the first cycle are as follows:
August 17, 2020
August 26, 2020 at 10 am
September 17, 2020, 12 pm (noon)
By early October 2020