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 vision. 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.


Grant Program Descriptions

Tau Grants

FY23 Tau Grants will support unrestricted general operating/capacity building needs for organizations that provide services to the following marginalized groups: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQ+, and/or persons with disabilities. Tau Grants are for smaller nonprofits with organizational or program needs that are limited in scope, and are intended to support organizations or services that assist persons who are historically marginalized, economically poor, or have limited access to healthcare and health information. Requests up to $15,000 will be considered for organizations where at least 50% of the population served falls within the marginalized groups identified, 25% of staff leadership or board self-identifies with one or more of the marginalized groups, and that didn’t receive Tau grant funding in Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 – Spring 2022.

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

St. Clare grants support activities or projects that support our mission and vision and impact the communities we serve. These may include national, statewide, regional or local advocacy efforts, philanthropic partnerships, nonprofit capacity building, educational, research and planning activities, or disaster response. Direct unsolicited requests are not accepted.

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