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Jennifer Riordan Educate 2 Elevate (JRE2E) Grant

Grant to a New Mexico Nonprofit, School, or Agency to Promote
Academic Success for Middle School Children in Eligible Areas

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New Mexico Funders Collaborative

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/17/18 5:00 PM MT


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Grant of $50,000 to a Central New Mexico nonprofit, educational institution, or government entity to foster academic and personal success for middle school children in Central New Mexico. Funding is intended to advance the future personal, educational, and professional pathways of 6th through 8th-grade students. Eligible initiatives must serve students in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and/or Torrance counties.

Applicants may apply for an ongoing or new program. Organizations are encouraged to demonstrate collaborative thinking when submitting applications.

Recent national data show that middle school students in New Mexico rank among the nation’s lowest in math and literacy rates. These critical years serve as the bridge between when a student may plant the seeds for a successful path in high school, potentially leading to college and/or career readiness, or when a student may fall behind and struggle to continue with his/her education.

This grant opportunity is intended to support nonprofit organizations serving middle school students and their families. Key interest areas for this opportunity include programs that strengthen:

1. Parent/adult/mentor involvement: Programs that engage adults as role models or serve as supportive figures in a middle school student’s life and education.
2. Out-of-school time/extended learning programming: Afterschool, summer or other out-of-school time programs that boost students’ educational, social and/or behavioral growth to keep them engaged in their academic success. Programs may include, but are not limited to, math, literacy, STEM, arts, sports.
3. Project-based learning: Programs in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.
4. Transitional programs: Programs that address the challenges middle school students may face transitioning from elementary school to middle school and leaving middle school to enter high school. Thoughtful transitions can be critical in creating a continuum of positive educational trajectory.
5. Career readiness: Programs that expose students to career and workforce development opportunities as a way to supplement classroom activities. This may also include financial literacy and soft-skill development.
6. Teacher/professional development: Programs that support the advancement of teachers’ professional and classroom development so they can better position their students for academic and personal success.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184102

Number of Grants:

At least one

Estimated Size of Grant:

There will be a minimum of one $50,000 grant awarded.

Term of Contract:

This is not a multi-year grant.

With the understanding that some organizations operate on a calendar year, while others operate on a school year or fiscal year, the funding source will work with the benefiting organization to determine the most appropriate grant period in which to spend the funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations must be:
- Exempt from U.S. federal income tax pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(1) or section 509(a)(2) of the Code; and/or
- An educational institution or governmental entity;
- Located anywhere in the United States, however a local partner supporting Central New Mexico is required.

Applicants may apply using a fiscal agent.

Applicants from nonprofit organizations and public education institutions are preferred.

Nonprofit organizations must also have current filings with the NM Attorney General’s Office, Secretary of State’s office and have a positive Charity Check Report via Guidestar. (Public education institutions and religious institutions are exempt from Attorney General filings).

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be one information session hosted with all participating funders on July 27th from 9 am – 10:30 am at the Albuquerque Journal Auditorium (7777 Jefferson Street NE).

Pre-Application Information:


- July 16 - RFP Opens
- July 27 - Information Session, 10:00am-11:30am
- August 17 - RFP Closes at 5 pm MT
- August 17 - 27 - Grant Team Reviews Proposals
- August 28 - Grant Review Panel Convenes & Finalists Determined
- September 5 - Finalist Presentations (8:30am - 9:30am)
- September 7 - Grant Award Event

Proposals must be received by 5pm MT on Friday, August 17, 2018. Grant announcement will be made in September 2018.


Contact Information:

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico: Central New Mexico: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and/or Torrance counties