Grantseekers: Grant Guidelines

2018 Grant Cycle questions are available to view here.

Santa Fe Community Foundation welcomes grant proposals for general operating or project-specific funding from organizations that are engaged in direct service, policy advocacy and/or collaborative efforts to improve outcomes in the following target Areas of Impact:


  • Educational Success and Career Pathways (Spring Grants)
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Stewardship of Resources (Spring Grants)
  • Economic Security and Opportunities (New High Impact Target Grant to be announced soon)
  • Health and Wellbeing (Fall Grants)
  • Cultural Vibrancy (Fall Grants) 

We will no longer be funding requests from nonprofits exclusively serving Taos or Los Alamos Counties (both Counties have their own community foundations).  They can still be included in Giving Together catalogue.


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 out, learn and operationalize the new strategy framework.  In line with the new strategy framework in development, 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


Funding Priorities of the Spring Grants Round - 2018

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



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.
  • For nonprofits whose work pertains to Economic Opportunity, there will be no competitive grant cycle this year; however, we invite you to submit a Giving Together application for inclusion in the spring Giving Together catalog.


Funding Priorities of the Fall Grants Round - 2018

Our 2018 Fall Funding Priorities will focus on Health and Wellbeing (formerly known as “Health and Human Services”), and on Cultural Vibrancy (formerly known as “Arts”). 


RESULT: All people are healthy and safe

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

  • Homelessness  
  • Food Security  
  • Safety   
  • Access to health care 
  • Healthy Neighborhood Living Conditions  

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

  • Emergency housing and shelter for homeless and at-risk populations.  
    (permanent and transitional housing solutions are covered in the Economic Security and Opportunities AOI)  
  • Access to affordable and high-quality food including food banks, pantries, and community centers that distribute food and promote healthy eating and work to address “food deserts.”  
  • Efforts to ensure safety for vulnerable populations including domestic violence and child abuse prevention, bullying prevention in schools, safety issues specific to immigrant populations, low wage workers and communities of color.  
  • Access to health services including programs providing un- and under-insured populations with culturally appropriate and equitable access to quality health and wellness services, including behavioral health (including addiction services), senior services and groups working on cultural and generational trauma.  Priority will be given to efforts applying a social determinants of health lens to the work. 
  • Building healthy communities including built environment and infrastructure, environmental quality (toxins and air quality), affordable and reliable transportation, parks and recreation.  
  • Systems change including public policy, civic engagement, community organizing or public information to improve health and wellbeing of local residents.  


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. 


High Impact Target Grant – 2018 



Funding in this Area of Impact this year will be in partnership with McCune Charitable Foundation for a multi-year Housing Grant under one of the NM Collaborative Zone Grants topic areas, a new grant project developed by McCune.

SFCF, for the next three years, will focus its Economic Security & Opportunities grantmaking on identifying and funding solutions to Santa Fe’s affordable housing crisis. This catalytic funding collaboration with McCune is part of SFCF's new emphasis on working with other funders to focus scarce resources in finding systemic solutions to issues affecting our communities.

The “Collaborative Zone Grant” is an opportunity for collaborations of organizations and other entities to apply together for multi-year funding to test, prove and support approaches to New Mexico’s challenges that extend beyond the mission of any single organization. The NM Collaborative Zone Grant (“Zone Grant”) opportunity includes awarding of a one-year planning grant followed by the potential for two years of implementation funding. Zone Grants support alignment, collaboration and integration in the New Mexico non-profit sector by providing funding and technical support to groups of organizations seeking to truly test the effectiveness of their collaboration.

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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