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McCune Charitable Foundation Grants

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McCune Charitable Foundation

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09/15/22 5:00 PM Mountain Time


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Grants to New Mexico nonprofit organizations, Native American tribes, government agencies, and public schools for projects to meet the needs of local communities. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Projects should address one of the priority areas of capacity building, economic development, education, health care, local food industry development, arts, stewardship, environment, and rural development.

Foundation Priorities:

    • Capacity Building in the Non-Profit Sector: The McCune Foundation supports initiatives that build operational capacities for non-profits, making expertise in communications, finance, leadership development, organizational development, and other areas more broadly available in service of a more structurally equitable and resilient sector.
    • Economic Development & Family Asset Building: A Foundation priority is to create and expand the economic base in New Mexico and to view its grant making through an economic development lens whenever possible, in particular supporting programs and organizations that seek to foster entrepreneurship across sectors. The Foundation also supports programs and initiatives that support and help drive growth in family assets across the diverse communities of the state, enabling a broader base of economic stability for families.
    • Education Transformation: The McCune Charitable Foundation holds equity as a core value, and sees equitable access to engaging and culturally relevant education as a key component of thriving, prosperous communities. 
    • Leveraging Opportunities in Health Care: After many generations in relationship with the land, vegetation, and elements in New Mexico, communities have developed ways to sustain physical and mental health and wellness that often involve uses of medicinal plants, traditional practices, and community support.
    • Local Food Industry Development: Far too often, existing food systems (referring to all the processes, infrastructure, and activities related to feeding a community) in the state of New Mexico contribute to poor nutritional outcomes for individuals and families, especially those considered low income. 
    • Building Links Between Arts and Community Engagement: The arts play a significant role in the culture and history of New Mexico and contribute substantially to the state’s economic and civic livelihoods. The McCune Foundation supports efforts that seek to leverage arts, creative expression, and culturally relevant, transformative experiences for the purpose of inspiring and driving higher levels of community and civic engagement.
    • Stewardship in Community: As the world faces growing disruption due to climate change, it is frontline communities–those who experience the "first and worst" of the consequences of climate change–that will be the primary focus of the Foundation's support. Frontline communities include tribal and rural communities, and in urban areas, lower and middle-income families and communities of color living in areas that have been negatively impacted by poor infrastructure and industrial practices.
    • Influencing Planning of Built Environments: Well-conceived built environments provide a key platform for many functions of family and civic life and are fundamentally connected to many factors that contribute to community health. These functions include economic development and higher levels of community and civic engagement, among others. The Foundation supports the development of built environments across the state that seek to take advantage of the role these environments can play to move New Mexican families toward a more prosperous and healthy future.
    • Strategies for Rural Development: New Mexico maintains a significant population base that honors its rural roots. Among many New Mexico communities, a rural way of life supports a fundamental cultural connection with the landscape of the state and to the values that many families honor and maintain.

    For additional information on each of these priorities, see links in Supporting Documents, below. 

    The Foundation awards smaller discretionary grants on a rolling basis and larger grant awards during the open application process. In rare instances, the Foundation will invite an applicant from an organization to submit an application for a specific purpose. Generally, all open application grants are awarded for General Operating Support.

    In addition, the Foundation is interested in supporting the following:

    • Equity work (focused internally within an organization, in dialogue with communities, or both);
    • Work by and for diverse populations;
    • Work that supports an organization’s ability to maintain connections with communities served (e.g., technical support for Covid-safe ways of staying connected).

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 197174

    Estimated Size of Grant:

    Grants generally run between $10,000 and $100,000.

    Discretionary grants are up to a maximum of $5,000 per year; however, due to budget considerations, the average grant size is generally closer to $1,000.

    Term of Contract:

    Most grants are awarded for a one-year period.

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    Grants can be awarded to qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, federally-recognized Native American tribes, public schools, and governmental agencies. Grants cannot be made to individuals.

    Multiple organizations can choose to submit a joint application rather than applying individually. However, one organization will need to serve as the “lead” organization to fill out the application.

    The McCune Charitable Foundation is not currently awarding grants for the following:
    - Direct donations or grants to individuals
    - Direct grants to for-profit institutions
    - Projects in the area of health addressing and/or providing medical research related to particular diseases or conditions
    - Projects that serve religious purposes
    - Grants to political campaigns, to support political activities or to lobby for or against particular pieces of legislation
    - Grants for organizations "in crisis" or for debt repayment
    - Establishment of endowed Chairs or other permanent academic posts
    - Adoption services or support
    - Ongoing operating support for well-established charter schools
    - Film projects
    - Parochial and private schools
    - Indirect costs for Institutions of Higher Education

    Pre-proposal Conference:

    Regarding the annual open application cycle for 2023 Funding, McCune Foundation staff will be available to assist callers with their application-focused questions during the following Open Call, 505.983.8300, dates/times (all times are Mountain Daylight Savings Time):

    Monday, August 22, 2022, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Monday, August 29, 2022, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
    Monday, September 12, 2022, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

    Pre-Application Information:

    The McCune Foundation's Application Process for 2023 Funding Opens August 15, 2022 and closes September 15, 2022 5 p.m. MDT

    This is a two-step process:
    - First, submit your request using this link, Discretionary Grant Preliminary Inquiry, to complete and submit a brief questionnaire;
    - Then, if awarded, you will receive an email that provides an access code to a short application, accessible only through the Foundation’s online grant portal, that you will complete and submit - thus initiating the payment process. The email will include instructions for using the online portal. Also, information you provided through the questionnaire can be used to complete the application.

    A letter will be sent to each applicant after the Board of Directors’ first meeting of the year (typically in late-February). If you do not receive a letter by mid- to late-March, please email the Foundation.

    The Foundation generally awards only one grant per year to an organization. If the organization has multiple projects that need support, it is best for the group to prioritize their projects and apply for only one in their application.

    Eligibility, Priorities, and FAQs:

    Contact Information:

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

    Application (from August 15, 2022):

    Discretionary Grant Preliminary Inquiry:

    If you have questions, please call the Foundation office in Santa Fe, (505) 983-8300, or email

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    Geographic Focus:

    USA: New Mexico

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