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Grant to a New Mexico Nonprofit, Agency, or School for Workforce Development and Training Opportunities for Youth


Geographic Focus

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

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Educate 2 Elevate (E2E) Grant

New Mexico Funders Collaborative

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #184102

Grant Description

Grant to a Central New Mexico nonprofit organization, government agency, or educational institution for activities that promote post-high school training and educational opportunities for youth in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support programs that include mentorships, experiential learning opportunities, internships, transitional programs, and out-of-school time programs that focus on job skills training or workforce development. Requests will be accepted from applicants serving students in Central New Mexico, including Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and/or Torrance counties.

Funding Areas
This grant opportunity is intended to support nonprofit organizations that are providing paid internships, mentorship programs, or other opportunities that focus on job skills and workforce development training for youth.  Programs should support youth by creating pathways toward long-term stability via post-secondary education, trade school, arts, athletics, experiential learning and/or alternative experiences.  Key interest areas for this opportunity include programs that provide:
  1. Paid Internship Opportunities: Programs that provide payments/stipends to students while gaining job skills and/or workforce development training, in traditional, non-traditional, or experiential settings.
  2. Parent/adult/mentor involvement: Programs that engage adults as role-models or connect students to professional mentors.
  3. Out-of-school time/extended learning programming: Afterschool, summer or other out-of-school time programs that focus on job skills training and/or workforce development.
  4. Experiential/alternative experiences: Programs that provide new learning experiences to students based on feedback/requests from the students and/or provide alternative experiences to understanding a path toward long-term stability (this can be through the arts, athletics, mental health support, non-traditional learning, etc.).
  5. Transitional programs: Programs that provide support to youth and families to address the challenges faced by students transitioning to the next level in their education. Thoughtful transitions can be critical in creating a continuum of positive educational trajectory.   

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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.

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).

An organization serving as a fiscal agent for various programs, may submit multiple proposals under the fiscal sponsorship umbrella. However, if the fiscal agent also has its own programming, it may only submit one application for such programming.

Applicants from nonprofit organizations and public education institutions are preferred.

Preference will be given to new applicants and organizations that have not received funding from the NM Funders Collaborative in the past three years.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An Information Session will be held on June 23, 2022, from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm via Zoom.
Zoom link:

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be received by 5pm MT on Friday, July 15, 2022.

- June 15: RFP opens
- June 23: Information Session from 12pm-1pm via Zoom
- July 15: RFP closes at 5pm MT
- July - August: Grant team reviews proposals
- August 11: Grant review panel convenes; select nonprofits invited to present
- September 8: Presentations from selected nonprofits; grantee determined and notified

Proposals may only be submitted online through the Albuquerque Community Foundation’s online grant portal.

Because this is a collaborative group, there is no one individual funder who is available to provide any additional information regarding the New Mexico Funders Collaborative. The only information available for this grant opportunity will be communicated during the
information session and through the FAQs.

The NM Funders Collaborative will meet in August to determine finalists. Those organizations moving forward will be notified of their status on August 12th. Finalists will then be required to give a ten-minute presentation of your program with five minutes of Q&A. The presentations will take place either at the Albuquerque Community Foundation, or virtually, on September 8th from 10:00am – 12:00pm (the exact time of your presentation will be communicated on August 12th). The 2022 JRE2E recipient will be notified of their grant on September 9th.

Applicants can only submit one proposal.


Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

At least one

Estimated Size of Grant:

While funding amounts vary based on contributions throughout the year, past grants have ranged from $25,000-$45,000 over the past three years.

Term of Contract:

This is not a multi-year grant.

Contact Information:

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