Seasonal Grant Program: Fall Grants Cycle

Santa Fe Community Foundation

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Deadline: Aug 13, 2020 2:00pm PDT

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

Fields of work: Job Creation Employment Services Apprenticeship & Internship Programs Financial Literacy Youth Development & Leadership Career/College Preparation Land/Habitat Conservation Air Quality Renewable/Sustainable Energy Environmental Stewardship Sustainable Agriculture & Agroecology Food Access & Hunger Art & Culture Public Policy Historic Preservation Civic Engagement & Education Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity, Indigenous Group

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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Funding Priorities of the Fall Grants Round

Our 2020 Fall Funding Priorities will focus on Sustainable Agriculture & Stewardship of Resources, Cultural Vibrancy, and Economic Security & Opportunities. 

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.

Cultural Vibrancy:

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. 

Economic Security & Opportunities

  • Improve access to opportunities for employment and economic advancement for low-income and other disadvantaged youth and adults through programs that:
    • Provide career counseling and other services to attain employment
    • Re-engage disconnected youth in paths for jobs
    • Provide job training programs to low-wage earners to advance their skills
    • Provide financial literacy training and improve their ability to save for and invest in future economic success including asset building
    • provide opportunities to explore career paths, attain internships or apprenticeships, and enter a career with skills to succeed, lead and contribute to economy.
    • Support job creation and workforce development, particularly in mid-to-high level paid jobs through efforts that build entrepreneurial skills and activities and expand high growth and high wage industries and career pathways in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico;
  • Support capacity building for long-term collaborations among organizations and programs working together to improve targeted outcomes in career pathways and workforce development with common agenda, aligned strategies, and collective actions; and/or 
  • Support public policy, civic engagement, community organizing or public information to improve economic opportunity.

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


  • 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.
  • Award Amounts: 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.


  • We do not make grants for the following:
    • Religious purposes
    • Capital campaigns or endowments
    • Scholarships
    • Individuals
  • We no longer fund requests from nonprofits based in and primarily serving Taos or Los Alamos Counties (both Counties have their own community foundations).