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Spring Grants Cycle 2017 - Education, Economic Opportunity, and Environment

Grants to Northern New Mexico Nonprofits for Education,
Economic Self-Sufficiency, and Natural Resources

GrantWatch ID#: 177354
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Santa Fe Community Foundation

02/28/17 5:00 PM

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Grants of $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 to Northern New Mexico nonprofit organizations to address the educational achievement gap, promote economic opportunity, and protect the environment. Primary consideration is given to organizations serving the Counties of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Taos, San Miguel and Mora.

Program Areas:

Education - Closing the Educational Achievement Gap

1) Increase the percentage of children who are ready for kindergarten by supporting programs that:

-Increase access to quality early childhood education opportunities particularly for low-income families; and/or

-Support professional development, capacity building, and collaborative efforts of early childcare providers, centers, and family & friends network to improve quality of care.

2) Improve K-12 educational outcomes for low-income/high-risk students in the areas of academic proficiency, dropout rates, and high school graduation through programs that:

-Positively engage youth in- and out-of-school;
-Provide targeted academic support including tutoring;
-Provide extended learning time;
-Enhance parent engagement and education;
-Provide wraparound support for high risk/need students to help them stay and succeed in school; and/or
-Re-engage disconnected youth in education.

3) Increase the number of low-income students who enroll and complete post-secondary education including college or associate degree or certificate through programs that:

-Prepare students for college enrollment and readiness; and/or
-Improve student retention and completion to earn a degree or certificate.

4) Improve adult educational attainment particularly for low-income families through programs that:

-Increase % of adults with at least high school diploma or equivalent; and/or
-Support college degree attainment for adults.

5) Support capacity building for long-term collaborations among organizations and programs working together to improve targeted educational outcomes with common agendas, aligned strategies, and collective actions.

6) Support public policy, civic engagement, community organizing or public information to improve education.

Economic Opportunity - Creating Economic Opportunity

1) Improve access to opportunities for employment and economic advancement for low-income and other disadvantaged youth and adults through programs that:

-Provide career counseling and other services to attain employment;
-Re-engage disconnected youth in paths for jobs;
-Provide job training programs to low-wage earners to advance their skills;
-Provide financial literacy training and improve their ability to save for and invest in future economic success including asset building;
-Provide opportunities to explore career paths, attain internships or apprenticeships, and enter a career with skills to succeed, lead and contribute to economy.

2) Support job creation and workforce development particularly in mid-to-high level paid jobs through efforts that build entrepreneurial skills and activities and expand high growth and high wage industries and career pathways in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico;

3) Support capacity building for long-term collaborations among organizations and programs working together to improve targeted outcomes in career pathways and workforce development with common agenda, aligned strategies, and collective actions; and/or

4) Supporting public policy, civic engagement, community organizing or public information to improve economic opportunity.

Environment - Engaging all segments of the community in protecting natural resources

1) Strengthen infrastructure for sustainable local food production and access;

2) Increase number of youth and adults engaged in agricultural and ecological restoration;

3) Support promotion of and advocacy for local, renewable energy; and/or

4) Expand support for groups engaged in advocacy and policy development for regional resource management, including land, air and water.


Grant Size: $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000, depending on your annual budget size, as follows:

-Organizations with an annual budget under $150,000 may apply for a $5,000 grant;

-Organizations with an annual budget between $150,000 and $500,000 may apply for a $10,000 grant;

-Organizations with an annual budget over $500,000, may apply for a $15,000 grant.

The Foundation accepts proposals from nonprofits that either have their own 501(c)3 designation, or that are working under the formal designation of a fiscal sponsor that has its own 501(c)3 letter.

While the Foundation’s focus is on the six Counties of Northern New Mexico, consideration will be given to nonprofits working in policy/advocacy/system change on a statewide level.

The online application will be open from January 24, 2017 - February 28, 2017, 5:00 PM.

Decisions for spring grants will be communicated in June 2017.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Christa Coggins, Vice President for Community Philanthropy
(505) 988-9715 x 7002

Diane Hamamoto, Program Officer
(505) 988-9715 x 7008

The Foundation's primary focus is on Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Taos, San Miguel, and Mora Counties.

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