Grantseekers: General Grant Information


Attention Health & Wellbeing grantseekers:

Santa Fe Community Foundation 2020 Spring Grant Cycle Information


In 2020, the Santa Fe Community Foundation grant cycles will be undergoing some changes. As in the past, applicants for Education will be invited to apply in the SPRING. Details for Education below


Applicants for Health & Wellbeing will now also be invited to apply in the SPRING.  Details for Health & Wellbeing below.


Applicants for Cultural Vibrancy, Economic Opportunity, Sustainable Ag and Renewable Resources, Native American Advised Fund, Envision Fund are invited to apply in the FALL. Details will be posted on our website soon and will be posted in the weekly e-news. 


For Educational Success & Career Pathways grantseekers: Santa Fe Community Foundation welcomes grant proposals for general operating support from organizations that are engaged in direct service, policy advocacy and/or collaborative efforts.

Applications will be accepted: February 4, 2020 through March 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Information sessions regarding the Educational Success & Career Pathways grant application will be offered on two dates:

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020 -- 9:00 to 10:30 am
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 -- 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Results-Based Accountability (RBA) training offered:

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 -- 1:00 to 4:00 pm

To register for any of these sessions, click here.

For Health & Wellbeing grantseekers:

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Community Health Funder Alliance – a new funder partnership between Anchorum St. Vincent, Christus St. Vincent and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.  The three Alliance funders will work together to improve health and wellness in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico.

The impetus for the Community Health Funder Alliance is based on conversations we’ve had with grantees and funders over the years that have challenged us to align our goals and funding processes in order to work smarter, reduce grantees’ administrative burdens, and achieve a greater impact in health outcomes for the residents of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. 

The Community Health Funders Alliance will announce details for $1.5+ million in joint funding on March 2, 2020 with the launch of our website and RFP release. Two tiers of funding will be made available including Community Grants and Health Impact Grants:

  • Community Grants will be open, competitive grants, awarded annually to new and existing programs that address community needs and opportunities aligned with Christus St Vincent’s Community Health Needs Assessment priorities.

  • Health Impact Grants will be invitation-only, multi-year grants awarded to programs that significantly contribute to turning the curve on impact goals and are able to scale services to address critical needs. (Please note that grantees invited to apply for Health Impact Grants are unable to apply for a Community Grant).

Please click here for the Community Health Funder Alliance website to learn more about this exciting opportunity.  Additional details will be available on March 2, 2020.   We have been working hard to pull together a lot of moving parts to align our application and funding processes, and we ask for your patience as we share information in stages.


Look for more information and the RFP release on March 2, 2020.

Community Grant Pre-proposal Workshop Dates:

  • Thursday, March 5, 10 a.m. – noon at Santa Fe Community Foundation. Click here to register.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 1-3 p.m. at Santa Fe Community Foundation. Click here to register.

Results-based Accountability Training (technical assistance training for Community and Health Impact Grantee Applicants)

  • Tuesday, March 31, 1-4 p.m. RBA at Santa Fe Community Foundation.
  • Click here to register for the RBA technical assistance training.

For more information:  We are excited to work with you as we believe that we will go further by working together to improve the health of our communities.

Please Note: If your organization received a Community Grant from the Santa Fe Community Foundation in 2019 in Educational Success & Career Pathways, Sustainable Agriculture and Renewable Resources, or Cultural Vibrancy, you are not eligible to receive a community grant from the Foundation in 2020.


  • If your organization received a donor advised grant from us in 2019 (but not a community grant), you are still eligible for a community grant in 2020.
  • If you are not sure whether your organization received a community grant from us in 2019, contact Diane Hamamoto ( to find out.
  • If your organization did receive a community grant from us in 2019, or if you are not interested in applying for a grant, you may submit an abbreviated application to be included in the 2020 Giving Together catalogue (which go out to fundholders).
  • Grant applications are accepted online only.


Spring 2020 Cycle Online Application for Educational Success & Career Pathways:


  • Opens February 4, 2020
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: March 9, 2020
  • Decisions for spring grants will be communicated in late May 2020.
  • Total amount available for Spring Grant Cycle: approximately $135,000


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 2020, our grants program is changing:


  • The Envision Fund, Native American Advised Fund, and Santa Fe Baby Fund grant cycles will be held in the fall.
  • Spring grant cycle will fund applications for Educational Success & Career Pathways and Health & Wellbeing.
  • Fall grant cycle will fund applications for Cultural Vibrancy, Economic Security & Opportunities and Sustainable Agriculture & Stewardship of Resources.
  • We no longer fund requests from nonprofits based in and primarily 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.



We will be offering RBA trainings at Santa Fe Community Foundation on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.


Who Is Eligible to apply for grants from Santa Fe Community Foundation:

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, Grants 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)