Grantseekers: Grant Guidelines

2020 Grant Cycle questions are available here.

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 to improve outcomes in the following areas:

General Guidelines


Your organization is not eligible to receive a community grant from the Foundation in 2020 if you received a Community Grant from the Santa Fe Community Foundation in 2019 in:

  • Educational Success & Career Pathways
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Renewable Resources
  • Cultural Vibrancy

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 2019contact 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.


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 VibrancyEconomic 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.


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.


 Strategy Framework

In line with our strategy framework, preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the following: 

  • 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

Funding Priorities of the Spring Grants Round - 2020

We will consider granting to any eligible organization that meets a well-documented community need in our funding region and that will work toward improving the following population/community-level results and priority indicators in the target Areas of Impact:


RESULT: All children and youth succeed in education prepared for a career

We will support requests from organizations that work to improve: 

  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • 3rd grade reading proficiency
  • 8th grade math proficiency
  • High school graduation rates
  • Disconnected youth rate*
    (*Youth ages 16-24 not in school and not working)

Through direct service, policy advocacy and/or collaboration efforts, priority strategies will address:

  • Access to quality, affordable early childhood and education  
  • Integrated student and family supports for at risk/vulnerable populations with strong place-based solutions supported by network of caring and appropriately trained adult and peer relationship 
  • Access to quality, affordable out-of-school time (after school and summer) opportunities for low-income/at risk students
  • Targeted interventions to close the academic achievement gap across key milestones from birth to career 
  • Real life and personally relevant education including career exploration and alternative pathways opportunities for disconnected and/or at-risk youth
  • Educator/provider/family training & support so that they can be strong advocates and supporters for children/students’ success – especially in high need areas


Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Health & Wellbeing grantmaking will be undergoing a transformation in 2020. Grants will be made in conjunction with the Community Health Funder Alliance.  The Alliance is a newly formed collaborative of engaged funders who are aligning strategies and investments to catalyze change and improve health and wellness in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico.  The Alliance members include Santa Fe Community Foundation, Anchorum St. Vincent, and Christus St. Vincent

The Alliance’s Goals are to:

  • Decrease administrative burdens by conducting an aligned funding cycle with pooled funding with a shared application and reporting structure.
  • increase impact by providing larger, multi-year “Impact Grants” along with smaller, general operating “Community Grants.”
  • Strengthen the System of Care by using the Christus St. Vincent Community Health Needs Assessment to inform the Alliance members’ collective work and funding priorities.
  • Improve accountability by using data to inform decisions and monitor progress.
  • Increase grantee capacity by supporting development of skills and sharing knowledge.

The Alliance will be making over $1.6 million available for community health programs in northern New Mexico in 2020.  The Alliance partners will combine funds to create two pooled tiers of funding, including Community Grants and invitation-only Health Impact Grants, focused on the following priority areas.

  • Maternal Health and Early Childhood
  • School-Age Children and Adolescent Health and Wellness
  • Adult Physical Health
  • Adult Behavioral Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Senior Health and Wellness
  • Social Determinants of Health Across the Lifespan

Dates, deadlines, application forms and additional information available soon.

Funding Priorities of the Fall Grants Round - 2020

Our 2020 Fall Funding Priorities will focus on Sustainable Agriculture & Stewardship of Resources, Cultural Vibrancy, Economic Security & Opportunities, Animal Welfare, Envision Fund (LGBTQ+), Native American Advised Fund, and Santa Fe Baby Fund


RESULT: All communities have equitable access to our earth’s critical resources: land, water, air and food for a sustainable and healthy ecosystem

We will support requests that work to improve: 

  • Local food self-sufficiency
  • Land, air and water health
  • Energy from renewable sources

Through direct service, policy advocacy and/or collaboration efforts, priority strategies will address:

  • Training and development of diverse food and farming enterprises and distribution infrastructure for sustainable food economy that represent a rich and diverse farming tradition.
  • Fostering connection and collaboration among multi-sector stakeholders for environmental advocacy and community development that support equitable access and stewardship of land, air, water and ecosystem for future generations.
  • Promotion of renewable energy sources through coordinated efforts to increase consumption, production, workforce training, enterprise development and investment.


RESULT: Cultural Vibrancy is celebrated and reflected in the community

We will work to improve the following outcomes in our communities:  

  • Sense of community – residents feeling connected to the community and each other 
  • Openness and acceptance of the community toward people of diverse backgrounds
  • Diverse participation in art and cultural community programs and events 
  • Preservation and strengthening of cultural and historical heritage, traditions, and a creative economy

Through direct service, policy advocacy and/or collaboration efforts, priority strategies will address:  

  • Lifting up and preserving cultural and historical heritage, tradition, and assets of the region 
  • Using art as a bridge to communicate across cultures and languages and build transformational relationships to advance equity  
  • Using art, culture, language, and community stories to shift narratives, shape public conversations, and influence policy  
  • Improving access to arts and cultural programs to benefit youth and families who otherwise would not have the opportunities  
  • Systems change including public policy, civic engagement, community organizing or public information to preserve and strengthen the arts and cultural segment of the creative economy locally.


  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 jobs
    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
    5. provide opportunities to explore career paths, attain internships or apprenticeships, and enter a career 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 build 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 improve economic opportunity.


Grants for animal welfare will support organizations providing services and/or advocacy to protect both domestic and wild animals in Santa Fe, Mora, Rio Arriba, and/or San Miguel counties.

Click here for the Fall 2020 Grants Cycle Application


For More Information

Contact Christa Coggins, Acting President & CEO, 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)