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Santa Fe Community Foundation: Education, Economic Opportunity, and Environment Grants

Deadline: March 1, 2016

The Santa Fe Community Foundation helps donors plan and carry out their giving in Santa Fe and beyond. Through its seasonal grant cycles, the Foundation seeks to fund the broadest range of strong organizations in order to address unmet community need and inspire increased levels of funding from donors. The Foundation is devoted to building healthy and vital communities in the region where:

  • Racial, cultural or economic differences do not limit access to health, education, or employment
  • Diverse audiences enjoy the many arts and cultural heritages of the region
  • All sectors of the community take responsibility for ensuring a healthy environment

The Spring Grant Cycle funding priorities include Education, Economic Opportunity, and Environment:

1. Education – Closing the Educational Achievement Gap through grants that:

  • Increase the percentage of children who are ready for kindergarten
  • Improve K-12 educational outcomes for low-income/high-risk students in the areas of academic proficiency, dropout rates, and high school graduation
  • Increase the number of low-income students who enroll and complete post-secondary education including college or associate degree or certificate
  • Improve adult educational attainment particularly for low-income families
  • Support capacity building for long-term collaborations among organizations and programs working together to improve targeted educational outcomes with common agendas, aligned strategies, and collective actions
  • Support public policy, civic engagement, community organizing or public information to improve education

2. Economic Opportunity – Creating Economic Opportunity through grants that:

  • Improve access to opportunities for employment and economic advancement for low-income and other disadvantaged youth and adults
  • 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
  • Support public policy, civic engagement, community organizing or public information to improve economic opportunity

3. Environment – Engaging all segments of the community in protecting our natural resources through grants that:

  • Strengthen infrastructure for sustainable local food production and access
  • Increase number of youth and adults engaged in agricultural and ecological restoration
  • Support promotion of and advocacy for local, renewable energy
  • Expand support for groups engaged in advocacy and policy development for regional resource management, including land, air, and water

Amount: Grant amounts are dependent on the applicant’s 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.

Eligibility: Organizations that:

  • Are located in or serve the people of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Taos, Los Alamos, 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
  • Are at least three years old

Link: http://www.santafecf.org/nonprofits/grantseekers/grant-guidelines?srctid=1&erid=1185430&trid=1c39cf93-9391-47bd-8fba-e364c26c93c9#Spring

Note: Optional Pre-Proposal Workshops will be held February 2, 2016 9:00-10:30 am and February 9, 2016 3:00-4:30 pm.

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