McCune Charitable Foundation: Emergency Funding Requests

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Rural Development Energy Efficiency & Conservation Urban Planning Environmental Conservation Environment Art for Social Change Arts / Culture Access & Participation Nutrition & Healthy Eating Food Access & Hunger Medical Education & Professional Training Health Insurance Teacher Development & Training Education System Policy & Reform English-As-A-Second-Language (ESL) Education Education - Preschool / Early Learning Early Childhood Development Economic Services & Development Volunteerism & Philanthropy Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group, Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: New Mexico

Location of residency: New Mexico

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The McCune Foundation has a limited amount of emergency funding available, prioritizing support of collaborative efforts that provide relief to communities suffering pronounced impacts from the COVID-19 crisis, as well as projects that will accelerate recovery after this crisis subsides. To make an emergency funding request, please send an email detailing the collaborative effort.

Foundation Priorities

While the mandate described by the Mission of the Foundation is broad, the Board of Directors has adopted certain Priorities to focus resource allocation. Priorities are based on 1) a real ability to influence positive change in the near term and 2) the probability that change in these specific areas will lead to broader system change in the longer term. These priorities will guide decisions in grant making and other programmatic activities.

Capacity Building in the Non-Profit Sector

Scarce philanthropic and other resources in New Mexico contribute to a challenging environment for the state’s non-profit sector. The Foundation supports initiatives that build operational capacities for the sector, developing expertise in communications, finance, leadership, organizational development and other areas.

Economic Development & Family Asset Building

A Foundation priority is to create and expand the economic base in New Mexico and to view its grant making through an economic development lens whenever possible, in particular supporting programs and organizations that seek to foster entrepreneurship across sectors. The Foundation also supports programs and initiatives that support and help drive growth in family assets across the diverse communities of the state, enabling a broader base of economic stability for our families.

Education Transformation & Early Childhood Development

With among the poorest- performing schools in the nation, New Mexico needs innovation in its education sector. The Foundation has identified a) school leadership development, b) supporting and scaling locally designed approaches, c) multilingual educational opportunities, and d) a more robust reform infrastructure as key leverage points in transforming education in the long term. The Foundation also recognizes the wide body of research that confirms that interventions in the first 4-5 years of a child’s life present the most dramatic opportunity for influencing later success. The Foundation supports programs and organizations that advocate for policy reforms, provide direct interventions, and build statewide investments in early childhood education and development.

Leveraging Opportunities In Health Care

The recent passage and on-going implementation of the Affordable Care Act introduces meaningful changes to the health care environment nationwide. Because of New Mexico’s socioeconomic circumstances, the people of the state are positioned to benefit significantly from some of these changes. Two key barriers to these opportunities being realized are a) lack of education about the availability of these opportunities and b) lack of health care practitioners to meet the growing needs. To take advantage of this structural opportunity to improve the health of New Mexicans, the Foundation supports programs and groups seeking to mitigate these barriers.

Local Food Industry Development

The dynamics of the existing food system in New Mexico produce poor outcomes for the people of the state. In particular, the system yields poor nutritional outcomes, especially for low-income communities (producing among the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the nation) and it contributes little to the state economy (as much as 80% of all money spent on food and nutrition leaves the state). The Foundation supports development of market-based alternatives that produce better health outcomes and contribute more directly to New Mexico’s economic well-being.

Building Links Between Arts and Community Engagement

The arts have traditionally played a significant role in the culture and history of New Mexico and continue to contribute substantially to the state’s economy and civic life. The Foundation supports efforts to build and diversify audiences for arts and culture, particularly programs and organizations that seek to leverage arts, creative expression and aesthetic experiences for the purpose of inspiring and driving higher levels of community and civic engagement.

Stewardship of Natural Resources

As a primarily arid state and one in which meaningful portions of revenue are derived from outdoor and adventure tourism, New Mexico relies heavily upon its natural resources to support its economy and quality of life. Key natural resources (including water, air, wildlife, pristine landscapes and well- managed rangeland, among others) should be protected, managed and utilized in ways that support their viability in perpetuity. The Foundation supports organizations and initiatives focused on these objectives.

Influencing Urban Planning & Built Environments

“Built environment” refers to the human-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging in scale from buildings and parks or green space to neighborhoods and cities that can often include their supporting infrastructure, such as water supply, or energy networks. The Foundation has made meaningful investments in the development of downtown Albuquerque and continues to support the development of built environments across the state. The Foundation will continue to view such developments as critical, supporting strategies that encourage energy efficiency, build civic engagement and support economic development.

Strategies for Rural Development

New Mexico is the 5th largest state in the nation from an area perspective and has the 36th largest population, making it a largely rural state with 26 out of 33 counties designated “frontier counties” with six or fewer people per square mile. Strategies and approaches that work in the state’s urban areas often fail in other parts of the state. The Foundation supports strategies and approaches that drive effective economic development, educational advancements and other initiatives benefiting rural areas.

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  • The McCune Charitable Foundation accepts online applications for community-based projects in the State of New Mexico related to our nine Foundation Priorities.
  • Grants can be awarded to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally-recognized Indian tribes, public schools, and governmental agencies. 
  • The McCune Charitable Foundation is currently funding a portfolio of work structured around nine (9) Foundation Priorities. Incoming requests that are in alignment with those priorities will be considered.


  • Grants cannot be made to individuals
  • While we recognize the value of the broad range of work being done by organizations in the non-profit sector, the McCune Charitable Foundation is not currently awarding grants for the following:
    • Direct donations or grants to individuals
    • Direct grants to for-profit institutions
    • Projects in the area of health addressing and/or providing medical research related to particular diseases or conditions
    • Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes
    • Grants to political campaigns, to support political activities or to lobby for or against particular pieces of legislation
    • Programs related to domestic animals
    • Grants for organizations "in crisis" or for debt repayment
    • Development positions within individual organizations
    • Projects that should primarily be funded by local, state or federal government
    • Establishment of endowed Chairs or other permanent academic posts
    • Capacity building for individual organizations
    • Search and rescue operations
    • Historical preservation efforts
    • Community and school teaching gardens
    • Adoption services or support
    • Therapeutic programs
    • Ongoing operating support for well-established charter schools
    • Film projects
    • Arts councils
    • Parochial and private schools
    • Indirect costs for Institutions of Higher Education


This page was last reviewed October 21, 2020 and last updated October 21, 2020