Funding Guidelines

Mission and Eligibility

The mission of the Fanny Allen  Foundation is to continue the mission of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph by supporting nonprofit organizations that reflect the compassion of Christ in their service to people who are sick and poor. The Board of Directors are interested in funding nonprofit organizations whose projects target enhanced quality of life for the economically disadvantaged, improved health of families, children and/or the elderly through direct services, and the homeless. We do not make capital or multi-year grants. Targeted geographic areas for service will be Chittenden County specifically, and Vermont generally. The Board of Directors also seeks opportunities which would leverage Fanny Allen funds to assist in projects which encourage collaboration between multiple nonprofit organizations with similar goals and objectives.

All applicants must have proof of nonprofit tax-exempt status.  Applicant’s services must be congruent with the mission of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph, reflecting the compassion of Christ in service to the sick and poor, and adhere to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services when applicable.

Funding Priorities

  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Homeless
  • Sick

Program Types

  • Access to healthcare
  • Access to affordable childcare
  • Basic needs, i.e. emergency shelter, food, etc.
  • Housing
  • Life skills/employment training to increase income
  • Other barriers to financial stability

Criteria

Proposals will be judged on the following:

  • Proof of nonprofit status
  • Consistency with the Foundation’s mission to serve the sick and the poor
  • Adhere to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services when applicable
  • Demonstrated need
  • Clarity of project’s objectives and capacity of the applicant to meet the need
  • Projects which encourage collaboration between multiple nonprofit organizations with similar goals and objectives
  • Demonstration of support and involvement from other sources
  • No more than 10% of the funds allocated to administrative expenses
  • Funds may comprise no more than 40% of the total dollars for a project
  • One year grants only

Projects NOT Eligible for Funding

  • Projects which are in conflict with the Ethical and Religious directives and Catholic Social teaching
  • Capital campaigns and building projects
  • Political activities/lobbying
  • Research
  • Legal services
  • Income support
  • Governmental programs

Funding Cycles

Two semi-annual funding cycles: November and June of each year. Applications are accepted up to September 15th for the November allocation and by April 15th for the June allocation.

Applicants can only apply once a year.

See Grant History to review past grant allocations.