Santa Fe Community Foundation: Fall 2021 Grant CycleDeadline: August 30, 2021
Santa Fe Community Foundation seeks grant proposals from organizations that are engaged in direct service, policy advocacy, and/or collaborative efforts to improve outcomes in the following areas:
- Animal Welfare
- Cultural Vibrancy
- Economic Security and Opportunities
- Educational Success and Career Pathways
- Envision Fund (LGBTQ+)
- Native American Advised Fund
- Santa Fe Baby Fund
- Sustainable Agriculture and Stewardship of Resources
Funding priorities include:
Animal Welfare—Support organizations providing services and/or advocacy to protect both domestic and wild animals in Santa Fe, Mora, Rio Arriba, and/or San Miguel counties.
Cultural Vibrancy—Work to improve sense of community, 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; Using art as a bridge to communicate across cultures and languages and advance equity; Using art, culture, language, and community stories to shift narratives and influence policy; Improving access to arts and cultural programs to benefit underserved youth and families; and/or Systems change including policy, civic engagement, community organizing or public information to preserve and strengthen the arts and creative economy.
Economic Security and Opportunities—Through direct service, policy advocacy and/or collaboration efforts, priority strategies will address: Career counseling and other employment services; Re-engage disconnected youth in paths for jobs; Provide job training to low-wage earners; Financial literacy training including asset building; Provide opportunities to explore career paths, and enter a career with skills to succeed; Support job creation and workforce development, particularly in mid-to-high level paid jobs in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico; Support capacity building for long-term collaborations among organizations and programs to improve outcomes in workforce development; and/or Support public policy, civic engagement, community organizing or public information to improve economic opportunity.
Educational Success and Career Pathways—Support work to improve Kindergarten Readiness, 3rd grade reading proficiency, 8th grade math proficiency, High school graduation rates, engagement of opportunity youth (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 adult and peer relationships; Access to quality, affordable after school and summer opportunities for low-income/opportunity youth; Targeted interventions to close the academic achievement gap across key milestones; Real life and personally relevant education; Educator/provider/family training and support to be strong advocates and supporters for children/students’ success.
Sustainable Agriculture and Stewardship of Resources—Support 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 a sustainable food economy that represents diverse farming traditions; 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; Promotion of renewable energy sources through coordinated efforts to increase consumption, production, workforce training, enterprise development and investment.
Amount: Award amounts will depend on annual operating budget size, as follows:
- Organizations/projects with an annual budget under $150,000 may apply for a $5,000 grant;
- Organizations/projects with an annual budget between $150,000 and $500,000 may apply for a $10,000 grant;
- Organizations/projects with an annual budget over $500,000, may apply for a $15,000 grant.
Eligibility: Eligible organizations include:
- Those located in or serve the people of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, San Miguel or Mora Counties
- Those tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3), or are a public or governmental agency or a federally recognized tribe in the state of New Mexico, or that have a fiscal sponsor
- Those that employ staff and provide services without discrimination
- Those that are at least three years old