Albuquerque Community Foundation: Competitive Grant Program (Round 1)
Albuquerque Community Foundation makes grants to organizations providing services benefiting people in the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area. In order to respond to the community’s specific needs, distributions from the funds are pooled and aligned directly with the Foundation’s fields of interest. Competitive grants are awarded in two rounds each year; this opportunity is for Round #1. In Round #1, the Foundation seeks to fund projects in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, and Environmental & Historic Preservation.
- Arts and Culture grants focus on two primary funding areas: Organizations and programs that provide access to arts and culture for our community; Organizations supporting Albuquerque’s creative economy through visual and performing arts.
- Education grants focus on supporting students to ensure they receive educational opportunities to enhance the course of their lives and careers. Specific focus areas in this field are elementary education literacy programs, students from underserved communities, youth from under-resourced communities, students with special needs, and skills-based education for youth and adults.
- Environmental and Historic Preservation grants focus on the “environmental and agricultural economy” and the preservation of historic landmarks, attractions, buildings, and venues. The “environmental and agricultural economy” can be defined as organizations working to preserve the environment and improve environmental conditions and/or working within the agricultural sector to bolster economic growth.
The Competitive Grant Program also has a common theme throughout all fields of interest: providing access to economic opportunities. Access to economic opportunities could apply (but is not limited) to the following areas:
- Providing and supporting economic opportunities for individuals living in the four-county Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area. This may include life-skills and career development programs, educational opportunities and/or social services programs that create opportunities for community members.
- Providing and supporting opportunities that will bolster the economic growth of Albuquerque. This may include strengthening access to art and culture; increasing workforce development and job creation to bolster economic growth; and/or ensuring the surrounding natural environment remains a preserved, protected, and valued aspect of the city.
The Foundation seeks applicants with:
- A proven track record of providing services benefiting people in the Greater Albuquerque area
- Clearly and specifically aligned with one of the Foundation’s Fields-of-Interest
- Have clearly defined organizational goals and measurable program outcomes
- Built on community, regional and organizational assets and strengths
- Organizations should demonstrate their ability to work with other partners to identify community needs and gaps in services
Amount: The range for grant requests is based on the organization’s total income from the most recently completed fiscal year. Organizations with total income under $500,000 may apply for up to $10,000. Organizations with total income $500,000 or more may apply for up to $15,000. Grant requests must be a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $15,000. All grants in 2022 will be Operating Grants. See solicitation for details.
Eligibility: Organizations must meet the following criteria in order to apply for a grant:
- Provide services to the people of the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area
- Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a public educational institution, or a public agency
- Have been incorporated in the state of New Mexico for a minimum of 5 years
- Be current with all state and federal reporting requirements
- Clearly demonstrate how the organization provides access to economic opportunities
- Have 100% of its Board of Trustees providing a meaningful financial contribution to the organization
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