Tau Grants

Call for Grant Applications

Release date: June 18, 2018

Tau Grant Informational Webinar –slides, recording

First time applying? Read our How to Apply instructions.

Program Description

Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ FY19 Tau Grants will support capacity-building efforts for organizations, programs, or initiatives that are aligned with our mission and impact at least one of the social determinants of health.

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 improving health and reducing longstanding disparities in health and health care. Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ framework for understanding the social determinants of health includes five general categories: education, economic stability, social & community context, health & health care, and neighborhood & built environment. For more information about the social determinants of health, visit the Allegany Franciscan Ministries Resource Page or follow these links CHA SDOH and Healthy 2020 SDOH.

For the first cycle of FY19 Tau grants, the three social determinants of health that will be addressed are education, economic stability, and health & healthcare.

For the second cycle of FY19 Tau Grants, the social determinants of health that will be addressed are social & community context, neighborhood & built environment, and health & healthcare.


Brittney Frazier
Public Health Program Specialist
(727) 507-9668
Email Brittney


Allegany Franciscan Ministries offers Tau Grants for smaller nonprofits with organizational or program needs that are limited in scope. 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, 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. Successful applications could focus on (but are not limited to):

Strategic Planning/Succession Planning/Fund development strategy

Board Development/Staff Development

One time purchase of technology upgrades and/or training on new technology

Website redesign/Marketing and Communications

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Planning

Professional Association Membership Fees


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: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade.

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

Be willing to comply with all requirements of the Allegany Franicscan Ministries Grant Agreement. (See a sample agreement on the Grants Overview page of our website).


Organization Limitations

Organizations with an operating budget of $2 million and over are not eligible for Tau Grants (this includes hospitals and universities).

Organizations are discouraged from applying for a Tau Grant within one year of receiving a prior Tau Grant.

Not available for individuals, public agencies, capital projects (buildings, van/automobiles, etc.) fundraising events, or endowments.

An organization may not have more than one active Tau Grant in each Allegany Franciscan Ministries region and only one organization may be submitted for an organization per cycle.

Project Limitations

Requests may include personnel costs but 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.

Application Process

The online application may be accessed through the Apply link at the top of this page. If this is your first time applying, review the How To Apply information first.

If a prior application from the organization has been declined, we strongly recommended you speak with us before submitting another request.

The dates for the first and second cycle are as follows:

Application Available

Informational Webinar


Decisions Announced

Cycle 1

June 18, 2018

June 27, 2018 at 9 am

August 9, 2018, 12 pm (noon)

By September 11, 2018

Cycle 2

June 18, 2018

January 15, 2019 at 9 am

February 28, 2019, 12 pm (noon)

By March 30, 2019

Print overview of the Tau Grant program.

Review FY18 Tau Grants awarded.

Still have questions?  Read our FAQs.  Contact Brittney Frazier, Public Health Program Specialist

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