Grantseekers: General Grant Information


  • If your organization received a donor advised grant from us in 2018 (but not a community grant), you are still eligible for a community grant in 2019.
  • If you are not sure whether your organization received a community grant from us in 2018, contact Diane Hamamoto ( to find out.
  • If your organization did receive a community grant from us in 2018, or if you simply are not interested in applying for a grant, you may submit an abbreviated application to be included in the 2019 Giving Together catalogues (which go out to our fundholders).

Grant applications are accepted online only.

Fall Cycle Online Application Open: June 25, 2019

Proposal Submission Deadline: August 1, 2019

Decisions for fall grants will be communicated in late October 2019.

Total amount available for Fall Grant Cycle: approximately $265,000 ($225,000 for Health & Wellbeing; $40,000 for Cultural Vibrancy)

Grant size: $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000, depending on your annual budget size, as follows:

  • Organizations/projects with an annual budget under $150,000 may apply for a $5,000 grant;
  • Organizations/projects with an annual budget between $150,000 and $500,000 may apply for a $10,000 grant;
  • Organizations/projects with an annual budget over $500,000, may apply for a $15,000 grant.

In 2018, our grants program underwent the following changes:

  • Focus on equity, results and alignment in line with new strategy framework. See next section for more details.
  • In order to stretch our limited discretionary funds, each nonprofit may only apply to one of our grant cycles per year (i.e., Spring grants cycle OR Fall grants cycle OR Native American Advised Endowment Fund OR Envision Fund).
  • The Envision Fund grant cycle will be held in the fall.
  • The Native American Advised Fund will hold grant cycles in the spring and fall, in the same areas of impact as the community grant cycles.
  • Spring grant cycle will fund applications for Educational Success & Career Pathways (formerly known as “Education”) and for Sustainable Agriculture & Stewardship of Resources (formerly known as “Environment”).
  • Fall grant cycle will fund applications for Cultural Vibrancy (formerly known as “Arts”) and for Health & Wellbeing (formerly known as “Health & Human Services”).
  • We no longer fund requests from nonprofits serving Taos or Los Alamos Counties (both Counties have their own community foundations). However, nonprofits from Taos and Los Alamos Counties may still be included in the Giving Together catalogue.
  • Grantees will be asked to identify and report on simple performance measures using Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework. Click here to learn more about RBA framework.

SAVE THE DATE: We will be offering RBA trainings at Santa Fe Community Foundation on Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

  • General Operating or Project Specific Grants - In the past our grants have all been for general operating support and grant requests were based on your annual operating budget. Now – you may request project-specific funding. If you do so, please base your request on the annual project budget.

Strategy Framework
The Foundation has developed a strategy framework with focus on equity, results and alignment. In line with the new strategy framework, preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the following in this grant cycle:

  • Equity: Organization prioritizes and practices equity in its work
  • Results: Organization effectively contributes to creating change on priority indicators identified in the Areas of Impact and measures its progress on performance measures
  • Alignment: Organization actively collaborates and aligns its work with other community partners (including the Foundation) to improve results and equity through collective efforts.

Click here to learn more about SFCF’s strategy framework

Who Is Eligible

Grant applications will be accepted from organizations that:

  • Are located in or serve the people of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, San Miguel or Mora Counties;
  • Are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or are a public or governmental agency or a federally recognized tribe in the state of New Mexico, or that have a fiscal sponsor;
  • Employ staff and provide services without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation; and
  • Are at least three years old.

What We Don't Fund

We do not make grants for the following:

  • Religious purposes
  • Capital campaigns or endowments
  • Scholarships
  • Individuals
  • Private school tuition assistance

How We Evaluate Your Application

The Santa Fe Community Foundation will consider the following criteria:

  • Fit with our funding priorities
  • Application is complete
  • Degree to which applicant organizations apply an ‘equity’ lens to their work and practice (including focus on serving the most disadvantaged populations with understanding of structural barriers and engagement and leadership of stakeholders in the planning and implementation of the work)
  • Degree to which the applicant organizations demonstrate focus on ‘results’ (including effective strategies contributing to priority population-level outcomes and tracking progress on performance measures)
  • Degree to which applicant organizations use a collaborative approach in addressing a community need to ensure ‘alignment’ of its contributions with those of the partners in improving results and equity
  • Financial sustainability of the project or program and financial stability of the organization

For More Information

Contact Christa Coggins, Vice President for Community Philanthropy at or Diane Hamamoto, Program Officer at

SFCF 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, political affiliation, country or place of origin, ethnicity or citizenship status of the applicants.


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

Grantseeker FAQ

Useful RBA & Data References

List of Current Grantees

Useful Results-Based Accountability (RBA) and Data References for SFCF Areas of Impact (AOI)