Call for Grant Applications
Release date: July 15, 2019
Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ FY20 Tau Grants (Cycle 2) will support outreach for the 2020 Census and/or Voter Registration for organizations, programs, or initiatives working in targeted communities that have historically low rates of participation in the Census and voter turnout.
The next census is scheduled to occur in April 2020. A complete and accurate count is vital for communities. Census data is used to distribute funding for road repairs, school improvements, and social programs. Nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government agencies use census data to identify community needs and evaluate solutions to difficult problems. Census data is used for the allocation of 75% of all federal grant funding and 31% of
domestic assistance program funding.
For the 2020 census, data will be collected primarily online. The new format presents challenges for people without reliable internet access to participate.
Historically, some populations – including communities of color, low-income households, immigrants, and young children – have been undercounted in the census. Households may not have submitted their census questionnaire for various reasons, such as having language difficulties, or concerns about trust in government. For more information about the “Hard to Count” population and why it matters, click here.
Just as important as the 2020 Census, is voting. Elections gives us a chance to stand up for what matters most to us and to have an impact on the issues that affect us, our communities, and our families future. Many of the same people who have been historically undercounted in the census, have also been historically underrepresented in the voting booth.
Allegany Franciscan Ministries offers Tau Grants for smaller nonprofits with organizational or program needs that are limited in scope. Traditionally, Tau Grants are intended to support organizations or services that assist persons who are marginalized, economically poor, or have limited access to healthcare and health information.
For the purposes of this Tau Grant application process, grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties with thoughtful, culturally sensitive, innovative strategies for reaching communities that have historically low rates of participation in the Census and Voter Registration. Successful applications could focus on (but not limited to):
Conduct targeted communications effort
Organize events to promote participation and registration
Provide for organizational capacity to support Census 2020 work
Support collaborations between local community groups to engage in outreach
Establish community sites to provide information and assistance
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, and Palm Beach. Note: For this cycle, Tau Grants will be awarded to organizations serving these counties only. Funding opportunities for Miami-Dade County, will be invite only.
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 on the Grants Overview page of our website).
Organizations with an operating budget of $2 million and over are not eligible for Tau Grants (this includes hospitals and universities).
Not available for individuals, public agencies, capital projects (buildings, van/automobiles, etc.) fundraising events, or endowments.
It is recommended that 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.
Tau Grants are paid with one check up front. A single report will be required at the end of the project.
The dates for the first cycle are as follows:
January 6, 2020
Mid-January (Dates TBA)
February 13, 2020, 12 pm (noon)
By early March 2020
By mid-March 2020