**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately at risk from the impacts of climate change due to existing social, economic, and health inequities. The people doing the least damage are closest to the problem and solutions yet furthest from resources and power. Allegany Franciscan Ministries has embarked on a new long-term strategic initiative to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change on communities of color and other marginalized communities.

The ultimate goal is that everyone in our communities will have the resources, support, and opportunities necessary to thrive in the face of multiple risks, uncertainty, and threats caused by climate change.

The first open grant cycle will start small, addressing education and awareness throughout the state specifically related to the impact of extreme heat on outdoor workers or people who are otherwise exposed to extreme heat, and climate gentrification. We are also interested in building community voice – helping to develop or strengthen coalitions of people and organizations who care about and will take direct action on these issues.

In this first cycle of grant-making, Allegany anticipates awarding up to 20 grants ranging between $10,000 and $40,000. Decisions will be announced by May 2024 and grants will be awarded for a one-year period beginning June 2024.

Learn more about the program here.

Application Deadline: LOI deadline is February 22, 2024 at 5 pm ET; Deadline to submit full application (by invitation only) is April 4, 2024 at 5 pm ET.