Allegany Insider
Peace and all good! The season of Advent gives us an opportunity to reflect on the many blessings we have enjoyed, while anticipating the joy and hope that Christmas brings. We are especially thankful for our grant partners, volunteers and staff who are committed to being a compassionate and transforming healing presence in their communities. This fall/winter newsletter includes updates on our latest programmatic and organizational activities.
Organizational Updates
Allegany Franciscan Ministries Featured in Grantmakers in Health's Grantmaker Profiles

Each month, Grantmakers in Health, the largest national network of health funders, highlights one of its members. The most recent Grantmaker Focus was on Allegany Franciscan Ministries. We are delighted for the national recognition and the opportunity to briefly share about some of our work.
Pilgrimage to Assisi by Carla Batts

After receiving the generous invitation from the Sisters to attend a pilgrimage in Italy, each day leading up to the trip drew more excitement and anticipation. Just thinking about the opportunity was overwhelming (especially considering this would be my first time traveling to Europe!). I knew the experience would be incredible – one of a lifetime and something I would embrace whole-heartedly. I had the pleasure of going on this journey with two of my colleagues, nine of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and many others who were passionate to learn more about and experience firsthand the life of St. Francis and his powerful devotion to God. Full article
Common Good Initiative News
Cohort 3 Fellows for the Common Good Announced
by Brittney Frazier

Eighteen individuals have been named to the 2019‐2020 Fellowship for the Common Good in Overtown, Lincoln Park, and Wimauma, FL. The Fellowship is a 12‐month leadership development program for community residents. It is part of an initiative designed to create healthier, safer, and more connected communities. Read press release
Lincoln Park
Transforming Lives Through Transportation Assistance
A small grant of $3,000 awarded to Camillus House in Miami has been used to provide unlimited bus passes to clients experiencing homelessness. The passes help clients travel to worksites and throughout Miami without worrying about bus fares. This is empowering to clients and gives them hope. Read the heartfelt story of Angelic and Charles Laughter who are bus pass recipients and are now transitioning into their own apartment.
Women Building Futures
The Centre for Women and Enterprising Latinas hosted a women in construction training for women in Wimauma and surrounding communities. The program was brought to Wimauma because of the need for workforce training and the challenges that exist with being considered and being selected for the training program. 

The 15-week program was held at Hillsborough Community College, Southshore site. Twenty-two women completed and graduated from the program on October 17 th . Family support and translation services were provided for those who were limited English speakers. Watch video
The Root Urban Market

With support of consultants, Lincoln Park Young Professionals presented their concept site plans for The Root, a new urban market, to the Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency (FPRA) to secure city-owned property. FPRA unanimously agreed to begin the process to release the land. This is an exciting development for the community.
Grant Program Updates
$369,200 recently approved for ACOR, Tau and All Region Grants
Major Grant Updates by Carla Batts

It is an exciting time of year as we move further into our FY20 Major Grants application review process. With 25 invited organizations awaiting decisions, we plan to award $1.5 million to around 15 organizations across the three regions we serve: Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Tampa Bay. Both General Operating Support and Programmatic Support grant requests will be funded. The application submission deadline was November 21 st – final award decisions will be announced by April 10, 2020. A separate post-award webinar for each grant support type will be offered on April 15 th for the organizations receiving funding. More information on the Major Grants as well as last fiscal year’s award list can be found on our main Major Grants web page .   
The following is a success story from Major Grant partner El Sol Jupiter's Neighborhood Resource Center.

In 2006, Tito was the first worker to ever obtain a job through El Sol. He has been a part of El Sol since its foundation and has always been active in helping to welcome new arrivals to our community. His skills as a day laborer and experience as a manager combined to make him a leader in our community. Currently, he specializes in tile installation, having a regular employer who helped him acquire tools and now trusts him to lead jobs by himself. Tito is grateful for the many opportunities given to him at El Sol and is always looking to pass on his acquired knowledge to others. This past June, Tito led a free workshop at El Sol on how to correctly and safely install hurricane shutters. Tito gave a 30-minute presentation in which he covered details on the different types of shutters, problems that workers may encounter on the job, as well as information about safety. After classroom instruction, Tito took the group outside to get hands-on practice with El Sol's shutters.
Tau Grant Updates by Brittney Frazier
Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ FY20 Tau Grants (Cycle 2) will support outreach for the 2020 Census and/or Voter Registration for organizations, programs, or initiatives working in communities that have historically low rates of participation in the Census and voter turnout. Requests up to $10,000 will be considered.

Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Hillsborough, and Pinellas Counties with thoughtful, culturally sensitive, innovative strategies for reaching communities that have historically low rates of participation in the Census and Voter Registration.

In-person grant information sessions will be held in January with registration information to be released soon. The Tau Grant application will be available January 6, 2020 and the application deadline will be February 13, 2020.
ACOR Grant Updates by Erin Baird
Grant decisions were made in November for the fall grant cycle. A total of 17 applications were received and 14 grants totaling $118,500 were approved. Funded programs focused on employment, spirituality, food access, health, education and the environment.

The next ACOR Grant deadline will be April 1, 2020. For information about grant guidelines visit ACOR web page .
Global Health Ministry

Grant partner, Global Health Ministry, received ACOR Grant funding in 2018 to support their annual medical mission trip to Jamaica. A team of 15 volunteers provided medical examinations, medications, medical supplies, and health education to underserved communities in Kingston, Braes River and Santa Cruz.The team was able to reach close to 1000 people.
Social Determinants of Health in the News
The Connections Between Health and Community
Black Health Matters: Alumni create social justice organization to reduce racialized health disparities
Pinellas County adopts ‘Health in All Policies’
Community Voices: Health outcomes of St. Petersburg’s youth are determined by zip code
Lyft Launches Plan for Food Security, Social Determinants of Health
Tech Startups Tackling Loneliness among Aging Seniors
Upcoming Deadlines & Events

Dec. 15 Health Insurance Marketplace 2020 deadline

Feb. 13 Tau Grant deadline

April 1 ACOR Grant deadline

Dec.12-13 Florida Civic Advance Summit More info
Reports Ready to Share
Thank you to those who participated in our applicant and grant partner surveys. We received valuable feedback to consider for future grantmaking and community engagement.

Congratulations to survey raffle winners, Florida Prosperity Partnership and SEEK Foundation. Each received a $250 donation to their organization.

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