Tau Grants

Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ FY21 Tau Grants (Cycle 2) will support capacity building efforts for organizations or programs that are aligned with our mission and address at least one of the social determinants of health.

Tau Grant Informational Webinar – Cycle 1
August 26, 2020 recording   slides


Brittney Frazier
Public Health Program Specialist
(727) 489-0499
Email Brittney

First time applying? Read our How to Apply instructions.

Note: Tau Grant application is not available until January 18th.

Program Description

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 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training and Community Organizing. 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
Community Organizing

Past Grants Awarded


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.

Total Awards

We anticipate making up to 15 grants in cycle 2 with individual grants up to $10,000 for a one-year term.

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 recommend you speak with Brittney Frazier, Allegany’s lead for Tau Grants before submitting a request (see contact information above).

Receipt of the application will be confirmed by e-mail.

The dates for the second cycle are as follows:

Application Available

Informational Webinar


Decisions Announced

January 18, 2021

Please review webinar from Cycle 1

February 18, 2021, 12 pm (noon)

By early April 2021

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