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Grantseekers: Grant Guidelines

ALERT:  IF YOUR ORGANIZATION RECEIVED A COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE SANTA FE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION IN 2016, YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A COMMUNITY GRANT FROM US IN 2017. 

  • If you are not sure whether your organization received a community grant from us in 2016, contact Diane Hamamoto (dhamamoto@santafecf.org) to find out.
  • If your organization received a donor advised grant from us in 2015 (but not a community grant), you are still eligible for a community grant in 2017.
  • If your organization did receive a community grant from us in 2016, or if you simply are not interested in applying for a grant, you may still submit an abbreviated grant application if you want to be included in the 2017 Giving Together catalogue (which goes out to our fundholders).

Seasonal Grant Rounds for 2017

Includes Native American Fund and Envision Fund Grants.

In order to stretch our limited discretionary funds, each nonprofit may only apply for funding once per year. The exception is for organizations requesting funds from our Native American or Envision Funds: those organizations may apply specifically to one of the initiatives in addition to a “community grant” request.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  We kindly request that all grant applicants add or update their organizational and program information in the statewide SHARE NM website as part of our effort to better understand and communicate the resources that are available in our community and promote improved access and collaboration among programs.  Thank you for taking the time to provide and update your information. 


Spring Grants Cycle: ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, EDUCATION, AND ENVIRONMENT
Fall Grants Cycle: ARTS, ANIMAL WELFARE, HEALTH, and HUMAN SERVICES


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

Grant applications will be accepted online only.

Online Application Open: Tuesday, January 24th to Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Proposal Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Decisions for spring grants will be communicated in June 2017.

Total Amount Available: approximately $150,000

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.

Funding Priorities of the Spring Grants Round ‐ 2017

We will consider granting to any eligible organization that meets a well‐documented community need inour funding region and that will work toward:

EDUCATION ‐ Closing the Educational Achievement Gap

  1. Increase the percentage of children who are ready for kindergarten by supporting programs that:
    1. Increase access to quality early childhood education opportunities, particularly for low‐income families; and/or
    2. Support professional development, capacity building, and collaborative efforts of early childcare providers, centers, and family and 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, truancy, dropout rates, and high school graduation through programs that:
    1. Positively engage youth in‐ and out‐of‐school including through extended learning time, afterschool and summer programs, mentoring, career exploration/pathways, and youth leadership programs;
    2. Provide targeted academic support including tutoring;
    3. Enhance parent engagement and education;
    4. Increase awareness and community support for improving attendance rates and reduce habitualtruancy/chronic absenteeism;
    5. Provide wraparound support for high risk/need students to help them stay and succeed inschool; and/or
    6. Re‐engage disconnected youth* in education. (*Disconnected youth: youth ages 16‐24 who are not in school and not working)
  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:
    1. Prepare students for college enrollment and readiness; and/or
    2. Improve student retention and completion to earn a degree or certificate.
  4. Improve adult educational attainment, particularly for low‐income families, through programs that:
    1. Increase % of adults with at least high school diploma or equivalent; and/or
    2. Support certificate or degree attainment for adults to enhance their skills and career paths for higher earning potential.
  5. Support capacity building for long‐term collaborations among organizations and programs workingtogether to improve targeted educational outcomes with common agendas, aligned strategies, andcollective actions.
  6. Support public policy, civic engagement, community organizing or public information to improveeducation.

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:
    1. Provide career counseling and other services to attain employment;
    2. Re‐engage disconnected youth in paths for improved skills and jobs including efforts to improve coordination of services across programs and combine learning and earning opportunities with wraparound support;
    3. Provide job training programs to low‐wage earners to advance their skills;
    4. Provide financial literacy training and improve their ability to save for and invest in future economic success including asset building; and/or
    5. provide opportunities to explore career paths, attain internships or apprenticeships, and enter acareer 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 improve workforce and educational alignment and 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. Support public policy, civic engagement, community organizing or public information to improveeconomic opportunity.

ENVIRONMENT ‐ Engaging all Segments of the Community in Protecting our 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 resourcemanagement, including land, air and water.

Fall Grants Cycle 2017 – HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES, ARTS and ANIMAL WELFARE

Grant applications will be accepted online only.

Online Application Open: Tuesday, June 27th to Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Proposal Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm, Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Decisions for fall grants will be communicated in November 2017.

Total Amount Available: approximately $200,000

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.

Funding Priorities of the Fall Grants Round - 2017

We will consider granting to any eligible organization that meets a well-documented community need in our funding region and that will work toward:

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

  1. Improving early childhood health and developmental outcomes particularly for high need/risk children and families:
    1. Increase the number and percentage of women receiving prenatal care;
    2. Provide support for teen pregnancy, parenthood, and pregnancy prevention; and/or
    3. Increase the number of children ages zero to four meeting social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical developmental milestones.
  2. Improving the health of underserved residents of our region:
    1. Increase the number of low-income individuals served; and/or
    2. Expand the availability of behavioral and preventive health services, particularly in the areas of substance abuse, and suicide prevention.
  3. Improving access to affordable healthy food:
    1. Support food distribution points throughout our region.
  4. Strengthening the delivery of low-income housing and homelessness services: 
    1. Increase the number of individuals reached, especially those in vulnerable populations such as veterans, the elderly, and people with mental and physical disabilities;
    2. Support collaborative nonprofit efforts to provide low-income housing and address homelessness in the region; and/or
    3. Support policy and advocacy efforts to decrease the number of homeless individuals through improving mental health services, jobs programs, and sustainable housing.
  5. Improving safety for children, women, families, sexual minorities and the elderly:
    1. Increase support for programs that provide emergency care and support for victims of domestic violence and/or neglect; and/or
    2. Increase the number of individuals provided with safety preventive services.
  6. Supporting public policy, civic engagement, community organizing or public information to improve the health and well-being of local residents.

ARTS

  1. Increasing public engagement in the arts:
    1. Increase the number of individuals accessing the arts who otherwise would not have had that opportunity;
    2. Provide support to nonprofits using the arts as a tool to measurably improve future success of marginalized youth; and/or
    3. Strengthen opportunities for historical or cultural preservation.
  2. Supporting public policy, community organizing or public information to strengthen the arts segment of the creative economy locally.

ANIMAL WELFARE

We do not have funds specifically designated for animal welfare-related grants, but we will include summaries of all animal welfare proposals (that meet basic due diligence) in the Giving Together catalogue that accompanies the Fall Community Grant Cycle. The Giving Together catalogue is then shared with our fundholders who are invited to make grants toward any proposal in the catalogue.

We view the inclusion of animal welfare-related proposals in the Giving Together catalogue as a service to our fundholders who support animal welfare. Many would appreciate seeing what needs exist in the community relating to the work of animal welfare-related nonprofits, and might choose to support such requests in the catalogue.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We kindly request that all grant applicants add or update their organizational and program information in the statewide SHARE NM website as part of our effort to better understand and communicate the resources that are available in our community and promote improved access and collaboration among programs. Thank you for taking the time to provide and update your information.

Your Contacts for Grantseekers

Christa Coggins
Vice President for Community Philanthropy

(505) 988-9715 x 7002



Diane Hamamoto
Program Officer

(505) 988-9715 x 7008


Related Resources

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