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Program Description

Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ FY25 Tau Grants will offer unrestricted general operating support for nonprofits that provide services to the following marginalized groups: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQ+, Individuals with disabilities, and/or Other historically disenfranchised groups.

General operating grants support the organization’s overall mission and goals not specific projects or programs. General operating support grants should help strengthen the organization or further its charitable purpose. Examples include strategic planning, technology upgrades, and infrastructure costs such as utilities, rent, and personnel. 

Focus Areas

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Tau Grants will focus on nonprofit organizations working in one or more of the following areas:


To be considered for funding the organization must meet ALL of the following requirements:


Priority Criteria

Priority will be given to organizations that meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • The application is clear about what the organization does and who is served.
  • The need for funding is explained and is reasonable.
  • The organization has been established for one year or longer.
  • The organization did not receive a Tau grant from July 2023 – June 2024.
  • The organization strives to incorporate the viewpoint of individuals who are served.

Total Awards

We anticipate making up to 30 Tau grants altogether (about 15 per cycle) in FY25. Each grant will be for a two-year term and may total up to $20,000; the amount per year may be any amount as long as the total is not more than $20,000.

Application Process

The online application may accessed by clicking the ACCESS GRANT PORTAL link at the bottom of this page. If this is your first time applying, read VIEW GRANT PORTAL FAQs &  INSTRUCTIONS.

Receipt of the application will be confirmed by automated email.

Past Tau Grants Awarded

Reference Documents

*Application questions are provided in advance for reference only. Applications must be submitted online using the Access Grant Portal button at the bottom of this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

St. Francis of Assisi adopted the Tau symbol as his signature on letters. For St. Francis, the Tau was a loving symbol of God’s intense relationship of love and the mystery of faith. St. Francis had the symbol carved on the walls of his cell as the sign of genuine hope and faith in God.

Allegany Franciscan Ministries uses this symbol as part of our logo and as the name for our Tau Grant program, to connect us to St. Francis and the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, and to remind us of our commitment to those who are
experiencing poverty and those who have been historically marginalized.

For Allegany Franciscan Ministries, “public agencies” refers to state, county, and local governmental agencies; these entities are not eligible for a Tau Grant from us. Public universities and colleges may not apply directly for funding. However, if a state university or college has set up a separate foundation, the foundation may apply for funds. The foundation must meet all our eligibility criteria, including 501(c)(3) designation. In addition, a public agency may be a partner in an initiative with another organization that serves as the lead agency; this project would be eligible. Beyond these two specific grant programs, we are open to partnerships with public agencies.
Organizations cannot apply for a Tau Grant if they have an active grant of the same type. However, grant partners with one type of active grant (e.g., Tau Grant) can apply for a different type of grant (e.g., ACOR Grant) in the same year. This guiding principle is Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ intentional effort to create equitable opportunity and access to our funding for many diverse and exceptional organizations and programs. In addition, Tau Grants are not intended to provide ongoing funding, thus we do not renew grants annually.

For Tau Grants, a maximum of one request can be submitted per organization per cycle so if your request is denied, another cannot be submitted until the next cycle.


Contact Erin Baird with Tau Grant program questions via  email or schedule office hours. 

Contact Carla Batts via email with grant portal questions.

Grant Portal Information

Applications must be accessed and completed through our online grant portal. Returning and new applicants and active grant partners can access the grant portal here.

Contact Carla Batts at [email protected] for questions about Grant Portal.

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