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Grants to New Mexico Nonprofits for Programs to Meet the Needs of Local Residents and Develop Organizational Capacity


Geographic Focus

USA: New Mexico: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia Counties

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Community Investment Fund Grant

United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #164996

Grant Description

Grants to New Mexico nonprofit organizations for programs to meet the needs of local residents in eligible counties. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Funding may be used for health, education, and financial security programs. Projects must benefit residents of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia Counties.

UWCNM is seeking proposals for the delivery of education, health, and financial security programs aimed at helping the most vulnerable in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia counties. Mission: Families and Mission: Graduate have been integrated into the UWCNM Cradle-to-Career Impact Agenda. Community Investment Grants support strategies that work towards the following population-level results with program-level strategies: 

  • School Readiness – all children are prepared to enter and succeed in school
  • High School Graduation – All students successfully graduate from high school
  • Post High School Degree/Certificate Attainment - All students and adults have access to certificate and degree programs and complete a degree or certificate
  • Career & Life Readiness – all students and adults have access to vocational and life resources including skill building and training, so they are prepared to enter and succeed in the workforce
  • Early Childhood – All children have access to high-quality early childhood learning and care
  • Financial Security – All individuals have access to income that covers their expenses
  • Safety and Well-Being/Health – all individuals live in a Safe Community and/or have access to health-related services
  • Housing Stability – all individuals have access to affordable housing, including permanent supportive or transitional housing
  • Basic Needs – provide short-term limited support to the most vulnerable individuals and families 

Applying agencies are asked to demonstrate how their program contributes to the larger goal of accomplishing of one or more population-level outcomes. 

For more information on basic needs, see the following link:

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Agency Criteria:
- Certified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
- Be in good standing with the Attorney General’s office and the New Mexico Secretary of State
- Demonstrate financial sustainability through UWCNM Financial Standards Review
- Provide health and human service(s) in one or more of the four central New Mexico counties: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia
- Adhere to UWCNM’s Non-Discrimination policy
- Have an operational Board of Directors

Funding Limitations:
- Fundraising activities are NOT eligible for support through UWCNM grants
- Programmatic operational costs are allowed but agency operational costs are not
- There are strict limits on capital requests

See the following link for more:

Fiscal Sponsorship: Agencies that do not have their own 501(c)(3) status can apply under a fiscal sponsor, such as APS Education Foundation or UNM Foundation. However, if an agency is using a fiscal sponsor, the financial
statements/audit for the sponsor must be provided for the FSR. If multiple applications are submitted under the same fiscal sponsor, each application will be evaluated separately.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant application is open from January 10th to February 17th, 2022. The final deadline is February 17th, 2022 at 4 pm.

If this is your first time applying for a grant with UWCNM, you will need to contact the Community Impact Grants Specialist Nicole Grundhoffer to request access to the eCimpact system.

Application reviews happen mid-March to mid-April.

Agencies that are awarded grants are notified in June 2022.

Term of Contract:

The first monthly grant installment is paid in July 2022. All grant funds must be expended within the fiscal grant year.

Contact Information:


The process is a two-part application that consists of a Financial Standards Review and a Program Proposal. Both portions are submitted through our grantmaking software, eCimpact. If you do not have your eCimpact access information, please email the Director of Community Investments for your username and password.

Nicole Grundhoffer

UWCNM Grants Team:
Megan Dunn Davison
Chief Impact Officer

Melissa Fox
Director of Community Investments

Anne Tropeano
Grants and Data Manager
505-247-3671 ext. 188

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa or Anne for assistance.

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