In keeping with our mission, we strive to make the grant application process simple, preferring to gain most of our knowledge of an organization through site visits and meetings with staff and volunteers. We fund primarily in New Mexico and do not award grants to individuals, or for religious or political purposes. Proposals are accepted in response to specific Requests for Proposals (none at this time) and via an electronic process. All grantees are required to submit a brief report of the use of grant funds, usually within fourteen months of the grant award.
The Foundation will only support organizations that have a comprehensive policy of non-discrimination applying to employees, volunteers, services, or all, and that has been endorsed and approved by the organization's board of directors. Organizations applying for first-time funding are required to submit a written policy signed by the board chair and executive director. Guidelines for the nondiscrimination statement may be found here
Grants generally range from $5,000 to $30,000 per year. Challenge, matching, project and operating grants, as well as multi-year awards are considered and collaborative efforts between two or more organizations are strongly encouraged. In most cases, the limit for a first-time grant is $15,000.