Advisory Committee: (standing, left to right) Steve Cantrell, Andra Russek, Maria Elena Sanchez, Juan Sanchez, Honey Ward, LuzMarina Serrano
(sitting, left to right) Karen Crow and Rose Griego-Kiel
Not pictured: Matt Bunkowski, Jenna Scanlan, and Dhru Shah
The Envision Fund, an initiative of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, promotes the health, safety, and empowerment of at-risk and underserved LGBTQ+ New Mexicans. The largest philanthropic entity in New Mexico dedicated solely to serving the LGBTQ+ population, the Fund has made over $650,000 in grants since its inception in 1997.
Envision Speaks gives voice to the LGBTQ+ community. The speaker series provides quarterly dialogue addressing the issues that impact our lives. By engaging in conversation that inspires intellectual curiosity and increases education, understanding, and awareness, Envision Speaks stimulates community engagement and activism.
About the Fund
For more than 15 years, the Envision Fund has enriched the lives of New Mexico’s LGBTQ+ population by providing financial support to nonprofits addressing the most critical needs facing the community. In 1997, the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership provided the Santa Fe Community Foundation (and 37 other community foundations across the country) with grants to enable them to establish LGBTQ+ field of interest funds. Foundation leadership, board members, and volunteer members of the committee helped grow the fund’s assets. In 2012, the Fund changed its name from the Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership to the Envision Fund, to better reflect the changing face of the LGBTQ+ movement. That same year, to support efforts to achieve marriage equality in New Mexico, the fund established a Marriage Equality Task Force, a time-limited effort to raise funds from local donors to support the efforts of Why Marriage Matters New Mexico.
The fund is staffed by a committee of volunteers who represent the diversity of New Mexico’s LGBTQ population. Committee members raise money for the fund and help make decisions about grants.
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The Envision Fund has provided nearly $650,000 in grants to 39 nonprofit organizations. Grants from the Envision Fund helped establish The Rainbow-Naatsiliid-Center, an LGBTQ community center in Gallup; helped the Transgender Resource Center open the doors of its own space in Albuquerque, provided consistent support to the Santa Fe Mountain Center and the New Mexico Gay-Straight Alliance Network; helped Youth Shelters, an organization dedicated to serving Santa Fe’s homeless youth, develop programming geared towards homeless LGBTQ teens; and more.
The fund considers grants in two cycles, corresponding to the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s competitive grant cycles.
For the Spring 2017 grants cycle, the Envision fund is interested in supporting projects that focus on:
- Economic opportunities for and within the LGBTQ+ community
- Education within, in support of, or affecting the LGBTQ+ community
- Environmental projects that involve, improve, support, or inform the LGBTQ+ community
LGBTQ+ youth often face rejection, estrangement, or diminishment from their family members and friends. Experiences such as these can contribute significantly to youth becoming isolated from support, homeless, and contemplating or attempting suicide. The Envision Fund supports a number of programs that aim to address issues of LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, suicide, and to create safe and supportive environments in schools. During the Spring 2015 grants cycle, The Envision Fund is focused on developing grants for projects that help create stronger family supports for LGBTQ+ youth; with particular emphasis on rural Native American and Latino LGBTQ+ youth. Our goal is to work with nonprofit organizations with expertise in these areas and to craft projects directly focused on these needs.
In general, the Santa Fe Community Foundation is interested in supporting organizations and programs that:
- Identify creative approaches to addressing the needs of LGBTQ populations
- Use collaboration and partnerships with other organizations
- Provide access to counseling, education, mentoring, and other resources
- Foster safe schools and social spaces
- Work toward prevention of teen suicide
- Have a potential and lasting impact
- Respect cultural values and use culturally appropriate means
2016 Envision Fund Grant Awards:
- Lifesongs (Academy for the Love of Learning) - $5,000
- NM Suicide Intervention Project - $5,000
- Young Women United - $5,000
- IMPACT Personal Safety - $3,000
- Santa Fe Mountain Center - $7,000
- Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico - $7,000
- Youth Shelters and Family Services - $3,000
- Equality New Mexico - $8,000: To support the New Mexico Safe Schools initiative.
- Solace Crisis Treatment Center - $4,000: To support the PROPS (People Resisting Oppression Project) program in the ongoing anti-bias/anti-bullying effort.
2015 Envision Fund Grant Awards:
- Almost Adults: an LGBTQ Theatrical Program - $2,500: To support the production of 5 short plays about sex, love, and immaturity.
- Casa Q - $7,000: To provide safe living options and services for LGBTQ youth who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
- Equality New Mexico - $7,500: To support the New Mexico Safe Schools initiative.
- Equality New Mexico - $7,000: To support the expansion of the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) throughout New Mexico.
- Impact Personal Safety - $3,000: To support their anti-bias/anti-bullying work which teaches LGBTQ youth, allies, and peers to prevent violence in their communities and to defend themselves and others against violence through school GSAs, the Santa Fe Mountain Center, and school classes.
- New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project - $4,000: NMSIP provides LGBTQ youth and their parents with a safe, supportive, counseling service environment that supports their child’s LGBTQ identity.
- Solace Crisis Treatment Center - $7,000: Solace believes that homophobia and transphobia are forms of sexual violence. They work to support their LGBTIQ clients through times of crisis.
- Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico - $6,000: TGRCNM is the only agency in New Mexico dedicated to serving the transgender community.
- Youth Shelters and Family Services - $4,000: To continue focused programming for homeless LGBTQ youth, who are at especially high risk for negative life outcomes.
Fall 2014 Envision Fund Grant Awards:
Equality New Mexico - $2,500: To support access to and enrollment in health care coverage for under- and uninsured LGBTQ New Mexicans through the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX), Medicaid, and Medicare.
Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families - $2,500: To provide support groups for members of the LGBTIQ community who are victims of domestic abuse.
Impact Personal Safety - $1,500: Impact teaches LGBTQ youth and allies to prevent and to defend themselves and their communities against violence through school GSAs (Gay Straight Alliance), the Santa Fe Mountain center, and school classes. Impact works not only to equip “out” youth, but also to create an environment in which students can feel safe coming “out”.
New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project - $3,000: NMSIP recognizes the importance between family connection and the well-being of LGBTQ youth. NMSIP provides LGBTQ youth and their parents with a safe, supportive, counseling service environment that supports their child’s LGBTQ identity.
Santa Fe Mountain Center - $1,500: Santa Fe Mountain Center’s New Mexico Gay Straight Alliance Network builds resiliency, positive identity development, self-efficacy, mental health and empowerment of LGBTQ youth through peer training, peer support, and leadership development of over 500 youth in Santa Fe and throughout New Mexico.
Solace Crisis Treatment Center - $3,500: Solace believes that homophobia and transphobia are forms of sexual violence. They work to support their LGBTIQ clients through times of crisis.
Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico - $5,000 (July 2014): For general operating funds.
Youth Shelters and Family Services - $4,000: To continue focused programming for homeless LGBTQ youth, who are at especially high risk for negative life outcomes, such as substance abuse and suicide.
Spring 2014 Envision Fund Grant Awards:
Equality New Mexico -$5,000: To plan and to develop a Statewide Needs Assessment to: (1) identify existing LGBTQ resources and supports; (2) identify deficiencies in LGBTQ resources and supports, both locally and statewide; and (3) publish local and state LGBTQ Community Visions as envisioned, designed, and developed by community members.
Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico -$5,000: For general operating funds.
The Santa Fe Community Foundation provides grants to eligible applicants so long as funds are available, without regard to the race, creed, color, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, country or place of origin, ethnicity, or citizenship status of the applicant.