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Deadline: June 30, 2022

Santa Fe Community Foundation: Rapid Response Grants

Note: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 30, 2022, or when funding is exhausted.

Unprecedented levels of federal funding are available through the CARES Act, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in response to Covid-19 crisis and support of recovery and transition. Anchorum St. Vincent, the Thornburg Foundation, and the Santa Fe Community Foundation have joined together to provide rapid response grants to ensure that New Mexico community nonprofits have the resources to collaboratively plan, submit competitive proposals, and secure the large federal grants now available through the sources mentioned above.

The grants will provide funding for nonprofits to build their internal capacity so they can access federal funds. Grants can be used to support:

  • Grant proposal writing
  • Collaborative planning
  • Federal fund searching
  • Post-award managementAnchorum St. Vincent will fund:
  • Health and social determinants of health, particularly in the areas of behavioral health
  • Senior health
  • Housing and homelessness, and
  • Educational attainment and career pathways

Organizations/programs must be working in the seven-county geographic region in northern New Mexico (Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Taos, Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba and San Miguel Counties) and/or northern New Mexico tribal and pueblo communities (Jicarilla Apache Nation, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Nambe Pueblo, Picuris Pueblo, Pojoaque Pueblo, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Taos Pueblo and Tesuque Pueblo).

Thornburg Foundation will fund:

  • Water resources management programs with a particular focus on projects that advance collaborative water planning, water infrastructure, water sharing, watershed health, and clean water access for disadvantaged communities
  • Food and agriculture programs with a focus towards supporting historically disadvantaged farmers, utilization of conservation practices, agricultural planning, or advancing innovate low-use water irrigation techniques in agriculture

Applications from tribal and Hispanic communities based in New Mexico are encouraged. Grantees must be based and/or working in New Mexico.

Amount: Grants will range from $5,000-$25,000, depending on whether the applicant is an individual organization or a collaborative project, the level of support needed, and the dollar value of the federal grant(s) being pursued. See solicitation for more details.

Eligibility: Proposals will be considered from community or nonprofit organizations and/or collaborative groups with projects aligned with the funding priorities, and a lead applicant meeting the following criteria:

  • 501(c)(3) or other grant-eligible entity (may be a fiscal sponsor or intermediary for the collaborative project) including local government or tribal entities pursuing federal or state funding for the community they serve
  • Organizations operating for at least three years with average annual gross revenues of at least $500,000 for the two most recently completed fiscal years, preferably supported by audited financial statements or filed annual 990 returns; smaller organizations may be considered if meeting the eligibility criteria of the identified funding source(s)
  • Track record of successfully managing (or have sufficient evidence of capacity to manage) federal, state or local government grants with an identified, specific gap in capacity that this grant can help supportLink: https://www.santafecf.org/rfp-federal-funding

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