Seasonal Grant Program: Spring Grants

Santa Fe Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $15,000

Deadline: Mar 9, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in New Mexico: Mora County, Rio Arriba County, San Miguel County, Santa Fe County

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

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 

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

Health and Wellbeing

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

Award Amount

Grant Size: $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000, depending on your annual budget size, as follows:

  • organizations with an annual budget under $150,000 may apply for a $5,000 grant;
  • organizations with an annual budget between $150,000 and $500,000 may apply for a $10,000 grant;
  • organizations with an annual budget over $500,000, may apply for a $15,000 grant.

In order to stretch our limited discretionary funds, each nonprofit may only apply to one of our grant cycles per year (i.e. Spring grants cycle OR Fall grants cycle OR Native American Advised Endowment Fund OR Envision Fund)

In the past our grants have all been for general operating support and grant requests were based on your annual operating budget. Now – you may request project-specific funding. If you do so, please base your request on the annual project budge

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Ineligibility:

  • We do not make grants for the following:
    • Religious purposes
    • Capital campaigns or endowments
    • Scholarships
    • Individuals
    • Private school tuition assistance
  • We will no longer be funding requests from nonprofits serving Taos or Los Alamos Counties (both Counties have their own community foundations).