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 four types of grants programs.  The size of grant awards, specific eligibility and guidelines vary by grant program. Our Major and 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.

Our Focus

To improve the overall health status of underserved communities.

Grant Program Descriptions

Major Grants

Major Grants are closely aligned with our funding focus to improve the overall health status of underserved communities. A limited number of Major Grants are awarded annually through a single, competitive open grant cycle in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Tampa Bay regions. In addition, Allegany Franciscan Ministries may award Major Grants at any time to projects that have been identified or developed through a non-competitive process based upon our work and involvement in the community. Grants may be awarded over a two year time frame both to support project sustainability and to balance the flow of funds for organizations over the years.

Tau Grants

In addition to our funding focus mentioned above,  Tau Grants supports 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. There are two grant cycles per year. The first cycle of Tau Grants will support outreach for the 2020 Census for organizations, programs, or initiatives working in targeted communities that have historically low rates of participation in the Census. Requests up to $10,000 will be considered.

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.

All Region Fund

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. 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.