Grantseekers: Grant Guidelines

2018 Spring Grant Cycle questions are available here.

Click here to see Fall Guidelines.

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) 

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

Click to learn more about the new strategy framework in development. 

 

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:

 

EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS AND CAREER PATHWAYS

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

 

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND STEWARDSHIP OF RESOURCES

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

We will consider granting to any eligible organization that meets a well-documented community need in our funding region and that will work toward:

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

RESULT: All people are healthy and safe

Funding priorities TBD

CULTURAL VIBRANCY

RESULT: Cultural identity is celebrated and reflected in the community 

 

High Impact Target Grant – 2018 

 

ECONOMIC SECURITY & OPPORTUNITIES

 

Funding in this Area of Impact this year will be dedicated to one larger High Impact Target Grant focusing on affordable housing with potential multi-year funding up to 3 years.   

 

Funding priorities TBD

 

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