Grant Program Overview

Allegany Franciscan Ministries is pleased to offer grant programs through both competitive and non-competitive processes.  Grants are intended to fund organizations, programs or initiatives that are strategically aligned with our mission and focus. Allegany Franciscan Ministries offers three types of grants programs.  The size of grant awards, specific eligibility and guidelines vary by grant program. Our Tau Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations working within the geographic regions served by Allegany Franciscan Ministries: Tampa Bay (Hillsborough and Pinellas), Palm Beach (Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach), and Miami-Dade.

All applications must be submitted through our online web-based system. Funded organizations are required to complete a grant agreement.  View sample agreement.

Note: Organizations seeking funding for a project serving Lincoln Park, Overtown or Wimauma, please reach out to the contact provided under the appropriate Common Good Initiative web page.

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Our Focus

To improve the overall health status of underserved communities.

Grant Program Descriptions

Tau Grants

In addition to our funding focus mentioned above,  Tau Grants 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. Additionally, Tau grants focus on smaller nonprofits with 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. There are two grant cycles per year. Requests up to $10,000 are considered. The first grant deadline for FY21 is September 17, 2020.

ACOR (Allegany Community Out Reach) Grants

ACOR Grants provide short-term support to local community projects that are in keeping with the mission, vision and direction of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. These grants are unique among our grant programs in that they require an affiliation with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany or Associates or Trinity Health and include support to ministries of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany throughout the United States as well as abroad, especially in Brazil and Jamaica where the Sisters live and work. Funds are awarded in two cycles each year and requests up to $10,000 will be considered.

St Clare Grants

Funding is set aside each year for activities or projects that support our mission and focus, and impact more than one of communities we serve. These may include national, statewide, or regional advocacy efforts, philanthropic partnerships, educational, research and planning activities, disaster response or other appropriate projects. Several organizations may be funded continually as part of an ongoing relationship; others may receive one-time awards for specific projects or activities. Organizations whose primary purpose is to provide capacity building to nonprofits also may be funded through St. Clare. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $100,000 and not more than ten awards are expected to be made each year. There are no deadlines. Direct unsolicited requests are not accepted.

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