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Organizational Updates
Allegany Franciscan Ministries' Response to COVID-19
Over the past few months, the one constant has been that nothing is constant. Each of us, as individuals, and as members of families, communities, and workplaces, has experienced the traumatic impact of an unimaginable public health crisis. At Allegany Franciscan Ministries, we remain committed to supporting the communities we serve, as well as ensuring our ministry’s resilience through this demanding and difficult time.

To assist our grant partners, we have taken the following steps:

  1. Eliminated restrictions on most current grants. allowing funding to be used for general operating support or COVID-19 support if needed.
  2. Relaxed or eliminated most grant reporting requirements. Our staff are checking in with grant partners through phone calls and may submit final reports on their behalf. We won't hold the grant partners responsible for program deliverables that changed due to COVID-19.
  3. Expedited some grant payments scheduled for this calendar year.
  4. We contributed to collaborative COVID-19 response funds and other efforts to support nonprofit organizations and address the health and economic impact of those most affected by this pandemic. To date, 33 grants totaling $808,010 have been awarded. See the COVID-19 Resource page on our website for descriptions of these grants. 

Together with Trinity Health, our parent organization, Allegany Franciscan Ministries is faced with significant financial challenges. Several difficult decisions were made to capture savings in our grants budget, operating costs, and personnel expenses. As you may know, we cancelled our FY20 Major Grants, and will not have a FY21 Major Grants Program. At the same time, we made $900,000 available across our communities to support COVID-19 response efforts.

Staff has been impacted as well. We are all working remotely; most of our staff team has reduced schedules, now working four days a week. Additionally, Cheri Wright-Jones' position as our Regional VP for Tampa Bay has been eliminated effective May 30th. This is especially difficult since Cheri has been an incredible, talented, and committed force for the good of the community across the Tampa Bay region and especially in Wimauma.

Allegany remains committed to the vulnerable communities and people we have always served. We are confident in the ability of all of us to pull together during this especially difficult time. As Pope Francis tweeted earlier this month: “A crisis is the moment to make a choice. This pandemic is a time of social crisis. How should we react? With perseverance, silence, and fidelity to God and decisions made earlier. A moment of crisis is like passing through fire to become stronger.” #HomilySantaMarta (@Pontifex, 5:27 AM May 2, 2020)
Board News
From left to right: Emery Ivery, Arlease Hall, Katrina Wright
In January, we welcomed new board leadership and board members at Allegany Franciscan Ministries. Emery Ivery serves as the Chairperson, Arlease Hall as the Vice Chairperson, and Katrina Wright as the Secretary. In addition, Debbie Coakley and Sr. Cindy Matthews, OSF have been elected to the board of directors. Read full announcement.
Common Good Initiative Updates
Lincoln Park Council members from left to right: Mary Simons, The Honorable Shaniek Maynard and Arlease Hall
Council Retreat
In January, the three Councils for the Common Good met in Wimauma for a two-day retreat to connect, reflect, learn, and prepare for the future. Local board members, and those that serve on the Councils, also participated, as did our staff team. It was a truly profound and productive experience. Together, we delved deeply into our shared values and how they come to life in community. We recognized the immeasurable value of our relationships and our simple presence in community.
The Overtown Council for the Common Good recently awarded the Dade County Street Response Team a $10,000 grant to support outreach, education, a needs assessment and COVID-19 testing for people who are homeless in Overtown. This grassroots organization was created in 2018 by a team of University of Miami medical staff and students to conduct emergency outreach and services during natural and man-made disasters. Due to a reported underserving and testing of the local homeless community (with a majority in or near the Overtown neighborhood), this team of volunteers is securing tents, food, testing, toiletries, mobile showers, portalets, and motel/hotel accommodations for the unsheltered population.

The Wimauma COVID-19 Rapid Response Collaborative formed in March as a vehicle for organizations serving Wimauma to pool existing resources to address the growing needs of the community. The Collaborative is a partnership of 30 organizations including nonprofits, faith-based entities and businesses. Collaborative goals include:

Increase access to basic needs and medical services
Increase awareness of the COVID-19 crisis and available resources
Reduce risk among the most vulnerable populations
Build support for local businesses
Lincoln Park

The Lincoln Park Council for the Common Good partnered with City of Fort Pierce, Dynix Diagnostix, Indian River State College, and Florida Department of Health to facilitate COVID-19 testing in the Lincoln Park community. Free, drive-thru testing was offered May 11-15 at Ilous Ellis Park. The Department of Health will receive all positive test results so they can initiate contact tracing to try and determine when the person became ill and to continue efforts to contain the virus. Lastly, individuals will be referred if additional health services are needed.
Grant Programs

We are overjoyed to reach this milestone. Since 1998, Allegany Franciscan Ministries has awarded over 4,600 grants to nearly 1,700 organizations totaling $100,219,555. Through grants, we have invested in our communities supporting life-changing programming and building the capacity of nonprofits and individuals to reach their full potential.
$1.15 M recently approved for ACOR, Tau,
All Region and COVID-19 Response Grants
Grant Partners: Is your contact information up to date?
By Carla Batts
We value our communication with you which is why it is so important that we have your most current contact information on file. Please remember to update your personal user and organization accounts in our online grants management system if there are any changes.

  1. Go to
  2. Select Applicant/Grant Partner Login from the Login tab drop-down
  3. Enter your email and password to log in
  4. Click on your user name in the top right corner and select Edit My Profile or Edit Organization
  5. Be sure to click the blue Save button after making any updates

If there are individuals on the organization account that are no longer active with you, please reach out to Carla Batts at or 727-507-9668 to inform which contacts should be made inactive.
  1. Log in (using instructions above)
  2. Click the Organization History tab
  3. Click the Contacts tab to view Active and Inactive contacts on the organization account
Ensure an Accurate Count in 2020 by Brittney Frazier
The 2020 Census is underway, and households across the United States are responding every day. By now, you likely have received multiple mailings from the U.S. Census Bureau, including an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census and follow-up postcards and letters.

This fiscal year through our Tau Grant program, we have provided funding to organizations conducting outreach for the 2020 Census and Voter Registration targeting communities that have historically low rates of participation in the Census and voter registration. A local partner, Florida Institute for Community Studies, Inc. (FICS) was awarded funding to provide community outreach sessions targeting farm workers, immigrants, and seniors in South Hillsborough County. Due to COVID-19, the organization redirected outreach efforts to social media campaigns. Since then, FICS has created a promotional video to educate the community about the importance of the Census.

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations to protect the health and safety of the Census Bureau staff and the public. The self-response phase has been extended to October 31 instead of July 31. In-person enumeration will begin August 11 ending October 31. As of May 17, the national response rate was 59.6% and 57.1% in the state of Florida including over 5 million responses.

To keep tabs on your community, county, and state progress , click here. While you are keeping tabs on local response rates, encourage others in your community to respond to the 2020 Census.
ACOR Spring Grant Cycle by Erin Baird
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following changes were made to the spring grant ACOR Grant cycle.

  • The deadline was moved back to April 9th.
  • All grants ill be used for general operating support which can include specific programs.
  • Affiliation forms were removed from the application. Affiliation questions were included within the application.
  • The review process was accelerated so grants could be awarded earlier.

As a result, we received a lot of interest. Twenty grant applications were reviewed and 15 grants totaling $132,500 were approved. The next grant deadline will be October 1, 2020. Reach out to Erin Baird at with any questions about this grant program.
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