Grantseekers: General Grant Information


If your organization received a donor advised grant from us in 2017 (but not a community grant), you are still eligible for a community grant in 2018.

If you are not sure whether your organization received a community grant from us in 2017, contact Diane Hamamoto ( to find out.

If your organization did receive a community grant from us in 2017, 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 2018 Giving Together catalogues (which goes out to our fundholders).

Grant applications are accepted online only.

Decisions for fall grants will be communicated in November 2018.

Total amount available for Spring Grant Cycle: approximately $305,000 ($245,000 for Health and Wellbeing; $60,000 for Arts)

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 will undergo 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 and Native American Advised Endowment Fund grant cycles will both be held in the fall
  • 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”)
  • Funding in the area of Economic Security & Opportunities (formerly known as “Economic Opportunity”) will be dedicated to one larger ‘high impact – target grant” focusing on affordable housing.  More information to be announced soon. 
  • Fall grant cycle will fund applications for Cultural Vibrancy (formerly known as “Arts”) and for Health & Wellbeing (formerly known as “Health & Human Services”)
  • We will no longer be funding requests from nonprofits serving Taos or Los Alamos Counties (both Counties have their own community foundations).  They can still be included in 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.
  • 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. 

New Strategy Framework
The Foundation is currently undergoing development of its new strategy framework with focus on equity, results and alignment.  2018 will be an important transition year as the Foundation works to test, learn and operationalize the new strategy framework.  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 turning the curve 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. 

Will will be providing more information about the new strategy framework in June 2018.

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