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Competitive Grant Program

Grants to New Mexico Nonprofits for Education, Historic Preservation,
Economic Development, Health, and the Arts in the Albuquerque Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Albuquerque Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/13/19 5:00 PM MST


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Grants starting at $1,000 to New Mexico nonprofits, educational institutions, and public agencies for programs that benefit the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Funding is intended for programs and projects that relate to the areas of historic and environmental preservation; workforce and economic development; arts and culture; education; health; and human services. Two types of funding opportunities are offered: Program Grants and Operating Grants.

Geographic eligibility includes the Albuquerque metropolitan area, encompassing Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, and Torrance Counties.

Program grants focus on five fields-of-interest: Economic and Workforce Development, Education, Environment and Historic Preservation, Health, and Human Services.

- Economic and Workforce Development grants will support intentional, inventive efforts to ensure a strong local economy. This new field promotes social, economic and environmental growth by supporting innovative support systems for entrepreneurs and the state’s workforce.​

- Education grants will focus on supporting at-risk populations to ensure they receive educational opportunities to better the course of their lives and careers. Specific focus areas in this field are: elementary education literacy programs, at-risk youth, students with special needs and skills-based education for youth and adults.​

- Environmental and Historic Preservation grants will focus on the “environmental economy” and the preservation of historic landmarks, attractions, buildings, and venues. The “environmental economy” can be defined as organizations working within the environmental sector to bolster economic growth.

- Health grants have two focus areas; 1) meeting the mental health needs (including behavioral health and addiction recovery) of individuals in the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area and 2) supporting dental health needs of at-risk individuals. Populations served through mental/behavioral and dental health programs may range from early childhood to seniors and can include the many diverse populations in between.

- Human Services grants will serve as “springboard” grants to help individuals transition to more self-sustainable lifestyles. Special focus will be given to organizations and programs that support one or more of the following: parental or guardian skills training, teen pregnancy, job training, independent living and teens aging out of foster care. ​

Operating Support Grants are intended for arts and culture only. Arts and culture grants will focus on two primary funding areas: organizations and programs that provide access to arts and culture for low-income and/or at-risk populations and organizations supporting the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area through visual and performing arts.

The Foundation considers requests for General Operating Support to be awarded as core support or unrestricted grants. An operating grant shows trust in the grantee’s expertise. Organizations may use these grants to cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as administrative salaries, utilities, office supplies, technology maintenance as well as for project costs, capital, technology purchases, and professional development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178642

Estimated Size of Grant:

- If your total income was under $500,000 you may apply for up to $10,000 in funding.
- If your total income was $500,000 or more, you may apply for up to $15,000 in funding.
- Grant requests must be a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $15,000.
- Note: For Mental/Behavior Health grants only, if your total organizational income was under $500,000 you may apply for up to $15,000 in funding. If your total organizational income was $500,000 or more, you may apply for up to $20,000 in funding.

Term of Contract:

Currently, the Foundation does not make any multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must provide services to the people of the Albuquerque metropolitan area and must meet the following criteria in order to apply for a grant:

- Be a nonprofit organization, exempt from Federal Income Taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public educational institution or be a public agency
- Have been incorporated in the state of New Mexico for a minimum of 5 years – verified by the NM Secretary of State, Business Services Division (certain exceptions can be made to this, including, but not limited to: an organization operating with a fiscal agent or an organization spinning off from a parent nonprofit and establishing its own separate entity. If your organization is less than five years old and you feel you meet the requirements to be eligible, please contact the Foundation).
- Be current with all state and federal reporting requirements
- Clearly demonstrate how the organization or program provides access to economic opportunities
- Have 100% of its Board of Trustees providing a meaningful financial contribution to the organization.

Criteria and Priorities for Applicants:
- Well-established organizations with a proven track record providing services benefiting people in the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area
- Clearly and specifically aligned with one of the Foundation’s Fields-of-Interest
- Have clearly defined organizational goals and measurable program outcomes and outputs
- Build on community, regional and organizational assets and strengths
- Organizations should demonstrate their ability to work with other partners to identify community needs and gaps in services

To Receive Operating Support Grants, an organization must:
- Be applying within the Arts & Culture field-of-interest
- Show expenses as part of a board-approved annual budget
- Show evidence of sound financial condition for three years or more with no deficits greater than 10% of the budget
- Have a proven track record in the community.

Types of Arts & Culture organizations ineligible to apply for Operating Support are:
- Schools - K through 12, colleges and universities (Arts & Culture programs within education systems are accepted)
- Government entities
- Umbrella funding organizations whose sole purpose is re-granting.

While the Foundation remains flexible in trying to meet community needs, in general, competitive grants are not made for or to:
- Individuals
- Political or religious purposes
- Retire indebtedness
- The payment of interest or taxes
- Annual campaigns, capital campaigns or fundraising events
- Travel for individuals or groups
- Conferences, workshops, symposia; including speaker fees, room and board, related travel
- Endowments
- Medical, scientific or academic research
- Emergency funding
- Influence legislation or elections
- Private foundations and other grant-making organizations

Pre-Application Information:

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Foundation with questions in order to facilitate a successful grant application process.

The Grant process begins by submitting a proposal. A preliminary committee reviews proposals and selects a group of applicants to move forward to the grant presentation round.

Round #1 2019 grant applications are for Arts & Culture, Education, and Environmental & Historic Preservation.

Round # 1 Timeline:
January 15: application opens
February 13 at 5:00 PM MT: Application Deadline
February 26: Presentation invitation to selected nonprofits
March 6: Arts & Culture grant panel*
March 7: Education grant panel*
March 12: Environmental & Historic Preservation grant panel*
March 20: Grant notifications
*Individual presentation times will be communicated at a later date.

Round #2 2019 grant applications are for Health, Human Services, and Economic & Workforce Development.

Round # 2 Timeline:
March 5: Application opens
April 2 at 5:00 PM MT: Application Deadline
April 16: Presentation invitation to selected nonprofits
May 7: Health grant panel*
May 8: Human Services grant panel*
May 22: Grant notifications
*Individual presentation times will be communicated at a later date.



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Contact Information:

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

Online grant portal:

P.O. Box 25266
Albuquerque, NM 87125-5266

624 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
P: 505 883 6240
F: 505 883 3629

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico: Albuquerque Metropolitan Area, including Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance Counties