February 12, 2024

Grant Watch: Week Ending in 2/9/2024

The Grant Plant routinely reviews funder websites and notices and is pleased to share some upcoming opportunities with you.


LANL Foundation Community Outreach Grants, February 15, 2024

Community Outreach Grants invest in learning rooted in the communities, relationships, cultures, languages, and customs of Northern New Mexico. These grants provide an opportunity to support programs, initiatives, and organizations that actively address the unique needs of our local communities of place, practice, and service, supporting learners of all ages.

LANL Foundation will award 16 competitive Community Outreach Grants in its 2024 cycle for a total investment of $80,000 across Northern New Mexico.

  • Grant Awards: $5,000
  • Grant Term: Recipients have two years to spend the funding.
  • Eligibility: Pueblos, Tribes, Nations, 501(c)3’s, Governmental and Quasi-governmental institutions, including schools, districts and institutions of higher learning.
  • Ineligible Entities:  Religious entities.



Lowe’s Hometowns, Nomination period: January 23, 2024 at 12:00am ET – February 19, 2024 at 11:59pm ET

Lowe’s is investing $100 million to restore and revitalize community spaces across the country through the Lowe’s Hometowns program. Each year through 2026 Lowe’s selects 100 large-scale community projects, chosen from consumer nominations, to be completed in partnership with local nonprofits, Lowe’s store associates and community volunteers. Additionally, nearly 1,700 additional projects are selected and completed by Lowe’s stores, supply chain and store support centers across the country. At Lowe’s, we have an unwavering commitment to making homes – and hometowns – better for all. Over the last 100 years, Lowe’s has grown from a small-town hardware store in North Carolina to one of the largest home improvement retailers in the world. The company’s heritage puts the communities we serve at the heart of everything we do. 



Rising Leaders of Color Program, February 23, 2024 at 6pm CT
Embedded in TCG’s mission and vision is a long-range goal to transform the national theatre field into a more equitable, inclusive, and diverse community. TCG is committed to centering Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), Transgender and Gender Nonconforming, and Disability communities. Through its programs and services, TCG is actively addressing and eliminating the structural barriers preventing BIPOC from thriving to their full potential. TCG strongly believes that improving equity, diversity, and inclusion in the U.S. theatre field is essential to the vitality of theatre as an art form. To that end, TCG is fully committed to supporting a wide range of aesthetics, perspectives, organizational sizes and structures, as well as celebrating all areas of identity, including: gender, race/ethnicity, nation of origin, class, age, ability, sexual orientation, and religion/spirituality. If you have any questions, please contact Raksak Kongseng (she/they) at rkongseng@tcg.org.



STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant, March 1 2024 before 4:00PM MT

The STOP Violence Against Women Grant Program was reauthorized and amended on March 15, 2022 by the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA 2022). The STOP VAWA Program continues to encourage the development and implementation of effective, victim-centered law enforcement, prosecution, and court strategies to address violent crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and the development and enhancement of victim services in cases involving these crimes. It envisions a partnership among law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and victim services organizations to enhance victim safety and hold offenders accountable for their crimes against women. The New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission (CVRC) is soliciting proposals from governmental agencies, tribal and non-profit, non-governmental organizations conducting business in the state to develop and maintain domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence services, programs, and training initiatives under the STOP VAWA Grant Program that are:

  • Flexible and designed to meet the needs of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence victims and providers at the state and local level;
  • Inclusive of and responsive to the ethnic, cultural, racial and socioeconomic diversity of the state; and
  • Clearly defined with goals and measurable objectives for the services provided.

Total available funding for this RFP is $1,317,877.00. Of that, $1,108,280.00 is designated for continuation projects that have not yet completed a four-year cycle. The remaining $209,597.00 is available for new/competitive projects.



First Nations Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII), March 4, 2024, no later than 5 pm Mountain Time

Funding under this grant will support capacity-building activities designed to improve and enhance the language immersion program’s ability to achieve its mission. This may include curriculum development, technology access, instructional courses and materials, mentorships, teacher training and other kinds of organizational infrastructure. Total requested funds in project budgets under this funding opportunity should not exceed $75,000.



NM True FY25 Cooperative Marketing Grant Program, Mandatory form Opens Feb 1, Application opens March 5, 2024

The Cooperative Marketing & Advertising Program (CoOp) is a co-funded, co-branded marketing program aimed at growing New Mexico’s tourism economy together by utilizing the strength of the New Mexico True brand. Through customized media strategies tailored to each awarded partner, the CoOp program guides participants through quality marketing and advertising initiatives that align with the New Mexico True brand in order to achieve effective, optimized results. Eligible entities for the Cooperative Marketing program include local and tribal governments as well as tourism-related non-profit organizations and attractions.

Please Note: The MANDATORY Partner Priorities and Situation Assessment Survey for the FY25 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025) Cooperative Marketing Grant Program opens February 1, 2024. The application for the FY25 Cooperative Marketing Grant Program will open March 5, 2024. 



RFP# 2024-0023 Local Early Childhood Systems Building Coalition, March 6, 2024

The purpose of the Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit sealed proposals to establish a contract through competitive negotiations to strengthen the capacity, collaboration, and coordination within local communities to deliver high-quality prenatal to age five early childhood programs and services. The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) is releasing a competitive funding opportunity for New Mexico Early Childhood Coalitions through the Local Early Childhood Systems Building Grant (LECSBG). Funding through the LECSBG is designed to aid in the actionable implementation of each coalition’s strategic plan which must reflect a commitment to systems-building efforts and results. Coalitions funded through the LECSBG are required to utilize this funding for policy and community change by reaching and engaging those with lived experience. Through effective local leadership and community-relevant strategies, Coalitions will concentrate on aligning efforts with their community-specific strategic plan and ECECD’s overall strategic plan (Florecer), to implement systems-building activities and execute community outreach leading to enhanced access and utilization of early childhood resources and programs that are trauma-responsive and culturally relevant.



United Way of North Central New Mexico, March 8 2024

United Way of North Central New Mexico tackles systemic problems affecting families and children in our five-county community. We rally community support, provide comprehensive resources and raise funds to increase family stability and educational attainment. Because when every family and every child has the chance to thrive, our community has a stronger, brighter future. Welcome! Below you will see our 3 current opportunities:



City of Santa Fe Arts & Culture Dept.: Cultural Investment Funding Programs, Traditional Marketing Impact Categories Application, March 8 2024

Category A (TMI-A) honors the tradition of our grant-making history by funding traditional National, international, and regional marketing and advertising of programming. This program is designed for nonprofit arts groups who do not wish to collaborate with organizations outside their sphere and have an organizational budget of over $2 million. 

Traditional Marketing Impact Category B (TMI-B) honors the tradition of our grant-making history by funding traditional National, international, and regional marketing and advertising of programming. This program is designed for nonprofit arts groups who do not wish to collaborate with organizations outside their sphere and have an organizational budget of $500,000 – $1,999,999. 

Traditional Marketing Impact Category C (TMI-C) honors the tradition of our grant-making history by funding traditional National, international, and regional marketing and advertising of programming. This program is designed for nonprofit arts groups who do not wish to collaborate with organizations outside their sphere and have an organizational budget of $499,999 and below.



Supporting the Use of Traditional Indigenous Foods in the Child Nutrition Programs Cooperative Agreement, Letter of Intent Due Feb. 19, 2024 by 11:59 pm ET, application due 11:59 pm ET March 18, 2024

On Jan. 18, 2024, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) posted a request for applications for the Supporting the Use of Traditional Indigenous Foods in the Child Nutrition Programs Cooperative Agreement on Grants.gov. In fiscal year (FY) 2024, USDA FNS will award $2 million in total funding to up to four (4) organizations to provide regionally focused training and technical assistance to school nutrition professionals on procurement, preparation, and crediting of traditional Indigenous foods, including the use of cooperator and FNS-developed resources and tools. The cooperators, with FNS guidance and approval, will also develop culturally relevant nutrition education materials for students to accompany the traditional Indigenous foods that are served, and the cooperators will train school nutrition professionals and other school staff on providing nutrition education to students.

Funds may be used to provide training, technical assistance, and nutrition education to support the use of traditional Indigenous foods in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, Seamless Summer Option, and/or Child and Adult Care Food Program At-Risk Afterschool Meals.



City of Santa Fe Arts & Culture Dept.: Cultural Investment Funding Programs, Collaborative Impact Categories Application, March 28 2024

Collaborative Impact (CI) focuses the programmatic efforts of Santa Fe’s arts nonprofit organizations on the development/creation of new media and/or programs intended to promote both Santa Fe’s rich and diverse arts and culture arena. The goal is to encourage collaborative projects independent of the partnering organizations’ traditional programming and foster the sharing of ideas, staff, materials, and resources. Collaborations must originate from at least one LEAD arts nonprofit organization in partnership with other nonprofits or art collectives. Organizations are encouraged to create multi-disciplinary programmatic content that promotes storytelling and advances the artistic vibrancy and cultural assets of Santa Fe in unique ways through in-person and/or digital experiences. CI grants are intended to expand the promotion of Santa Fe to include Cultural Tourism, thus attracting a specific audience of visitors who more directly foster our creative economy.



FY 2024 AmeriCorps VISTA Request for Concept Papers, March 28, 2024

AmeriCorps VISTA is seeking project applications for programming in any of the five following focus areas:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Healthy Futures
  • Education
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Environmental Stewardship

AmeriCorps VISTA will focus on awarding projects that advance racial equity and that invest in underserved communities, particularly those impacted by the long-term recovery from the pandemic. Priority populations include areas of deep poverty, rural communities, and Native Nations and tribal communities.



Best Buy Pathways Tech Skills Partner Program,  Monday, April 1, 5:00 PM Eastern

The Pathways Tech Skills Partner Program (available in select locations) provides Teen Tech Center members ages 16-19 with the opportunity to earn money while developing key technical, professional, and life skills. Participants receive personalized coaching and mentorship, while deepening their knowledge of career opportunities in STEAM that they apply to real-world settings via team projects and paid summer internships. 

Program components include:

  • Rigorous programming focused on technical skills training, development, and career exploration for youth ages 16-24. 
  • In-person programming is delivered weekly October through May. 
  • Paid summer internships. 
  • Collaboration and alignment with BBTTC on soft skills components (taught by BBTTC staff but connections should be made with National Partner programs)



Taos Community Foundation 2024 Impact Grant, April 1 2024 at 5PM MT

Apply today for a Taos Community Foundation 2024 Impact Grant! This annual competitive grant cycle addresses key needs in our community, including animal welfare, arts & culture, basic needs, community advocacy, environmental sustainability, health, education, and youth. This grant cycle provides both project funding and core operational support to local nonprofits in Taos and western Colfax county. Last year, we were able to award over $300,000 to 46 local organizations. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a lasting impact—submit your application today!

Eligible organizations and fiscally sponsored projects working and providing services in the Taos and western Colfax counties are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • Tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, are a public or governmental agency or a federally recognized tribe in the State of New Mexico, or have an eligible fiscal sponsor.
  • Employ staff and/or volunteers, and provide services without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.
  • Be current with all State and Federal reporting requirements: In Good Standing with the IRS, NM Secretary of State, and NM Attorney General.

The application deadline is April 1st, 2024, at 5p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

Awards will generally range from $5,000 to $10,000. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions at the end of May, and grants will be awarded on June 6th, 2024.If you have any questions, please contact Tanner Martin at tmartin@taoscf.org.



FY 2024 AmeriCorps State and National Native Nations Grants, April 5, 2024 5:00 PM ET

The FY 2024 AmeriCorps State and National Native Nations Grants competition, AmeriCorps seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:

  • Programs that prioritize civic engagement/social cohesion, and youth mental health.
  • Environmental stewardship and climate change including renewable energy and energy efficiency, building community resilience, sustainable food systems and agriculture, water/wastewater; conservation and habitat preservation; Indigenous environmental practices; Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Indigenous food sovereignty (seed saving, foraging, etc.)
  • Education – improving student academic performance in Science, Technology,
    Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), serving students who attend Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Indigenous Teacher Preparation, and GED support programs.
  • Economic Opportunity – including digital skills and increased access to broadband; infrastructure/transportation assistance; financial readiness; training and access to financial resources for home buying; or college; and college access program.
  • Healthy futures – providing services to historically underserved individuals both on and off reservation lands, including but not limited to people with disabilities, people who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, people with arrest and/or conviction records
  • Veterans and Military Families, Caregivers, and Survivors – a program model that improves the quality of life of veterans and improves the well-being of military families, caregivers, and survivors,
  • Programs that provide additional benefits to AmeriCorps members aimed at enhancing member experience and bolstering member recruitment and retention such as paying more than the minimum living allowance, transportation, housing, food, etc.,
  • Programs that create workforce pathways for AmeriCorps members, including deliberate training, certifications, and hiring preferences or support, and
  • Programs promoting the preservation and teaching of traditional Native languages and cultural practices.



USDA Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage Systems Grant, Letter of Intent Thursday, April 4, 2024, deadline Thursday, May 2, 2024

Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage System Program (ASAFS) will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems. Proposals submitted to ASAFS should address one or more of the following priorities: (1) Improving alfalfa forage and seed yield through better nutrient, water and/or pest management; (2) Improving persistence of alfalfa stands by lessening biotic or abiotic stresses; (3) Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvesting and storage systems to optimize economic returns; (4) Improving estimates of alfalfa forage quality as an animal feed to increase forage usage in animal feeds; and/or (5) Breeding to address biotic and abiotic stresses that impact forage yield and persistence and the production of seed for propagation. The technical assistance webinar related to this FY 2024 funding opportunity will be scheduled soon. Please visit again for more information.



2023-2024 Outdoor Recreation Trails+ Grant Application, May 2 2024 at 11:59 PM 

The Outdoor Recreation Division works to ensure that all New Mexicans gain from the public health, environmental, and economic benefits of sustainable outdoor recreation. Our Core Values – We measure success by our impacts in these five key areas: sustainable economic development, conservation and access to natural landscapes, equity, education, and health and wellness.



2024 Lots of Compassion Grant, Application Period: April 1, 2024 – May 24, 2024

Together, Mrs. Meyers Clean Day and KidsGardening designed the Lots of Compassion Grant program to support local leaders looking to transform vacant lots into gardens to help grow compassion in their community. In 2024, up to 10 grantees will receive $20,000 each to transform a vacant lot into a garden. A total of $200,000 will be awarded annually.

Application Period: April 1, 2024 – May 24, 2024
Award Announcement: July 31, 2024



Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust, June 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Gail McKnight Beckman created the Beckman Award to benefit teachers who have inspired their former students to make a significant contribution to society. The award is given to current or former academic faculty members who have inspired their former students to “create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large.” Alternatively, the academic faculty member must have inspired their former students to “establish on a lasting basis a concept, procedure, or movement of comparable benefit to the community at large.”



WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects, Application Period 2: Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 4:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time

The objective of this NOFO is to invite States, Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on small-scale on-the-ground projects that seek to conserve, better manage, or otherwise make more efficient use of water supplies. Proposed projects that are supported by an existing water management and conservation plan, System Optimization Review, or other planning effort led by the applicant are prioritized. This prioritization will help ensure that projects funded under this NOFO are well thought out, have public support, and have been identified as the best way to address water management concerns. Reclamation has simplified the evaluation criteria and streamlined the application process for this category of WaterSMART Grants to ensure that the process works for smaller entities. Simplified evaluation criteria are intended to provide each applicant with an opportunity to succinctly explain how the proposed project would meet a defined need identified through a prior planning effort.



NDN Collective Community Action Fund (Caf), Closes on October 31st, 2024 @ 5pm US CST or until funds are expended

We support frontline organizers, action and movements in their work to DEFEND Indigenous Peoples, communities and Nations, and protect our land, air, water, and natural resources. Community Action Fund (CAF) grants support direct actions and organizing efforts that are often urgent and time sensitive. CAF prioritizes frontline, grassroots and community-based efforts that defend Indigenous peoples rights, communities and nations, including responses to climate disasters. CAF supports community organizing and movement building work designed to shift the political and financial systems that negatively impact our communities. This may include direct action and climate disaster response efforts, comprehensive organizing work; frontline and camp infrastructure, and community-based response to climate disasters such as flooding, fires, earthquakes. Grant Amount: The average grant award is $15,000 but can range up to $40,000. Grant Term: Grant terms are a maximum of six months.



Taos Community Foundation Event support Grants, 2024

Event Support awards are available up to $500.00 per special event.

After creating an account or logging in to the Grants Portal, click APPLY on the top left of your dashboard. To access Grants Portal, for the Event Support application, click here. If you have questions, email Tanner Martin at tmartin@taoscf.org.



Senator Martin Heinrich’s FY2025 Congressionally Directed Spending Requests, Deadline TBA

“As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am committed to increasing federal investment in New Mexico. Through recent reforms, the federal appropriations process now includes the opportunity to fund local projects through Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS). During this process, I work with non-profit entities, universities, and state, Tribal, and local governments to direct federal funding to projects that truly have an impact on the lives of New Mexicans. Please complete this form to express your interest in making a Congressionally Directed Spending request through the Office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich. Over the last two years, I’ve been proud to work with communities throughout New Mexico to deliver $403 million in Congressionally Directed Spending to support 191 projects. You can find the list of CDS projects I secured funding for in FY23 here and in FY22 here. For FY24, New Mexicans submitted nearly 580 projects to my office for consideration for Congressionally Directed Spending. Those projects were reviewed for eligibility, impact, and severity of need, and 317 projects were submitted to the Appropriations Committee for consideration. These projects are posted below by Subcommittee in alphabetical order by project location. After these requests are submitted, the full Senate Appropriations Committee selects which of these projects to include in each budget bill. It is then up to the full Senate and House of Representatives to take up and pass each budget bill, or an omnibus bill that combines all smaller budget bills. I will continue to fight for New Mexico and these projects throughout this legislative process.”


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