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Grant Opportunities

Each year, we make grants to organizations providing services benefiting people in the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia counties). There are several different types of grants your organization could apply for, all of which are listed below.

Annual Grant Cycle

Each year, Albuquerque Community Foundation awards grants through an annual grant cycle. Awards are granted to organizations providing services that support residents in the four-county Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia). The Annual Grant Cycle is supported by over 90 endowment funds. 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.

The Foundation is committed to evolving our grantmaking practices to increase funding to traditionally under-resources communities, to breaking down power dynamics in the funding process by including greater equity of voice and to great transparency in the selection process. In 2023, the Foundation adopted a new Mission, Vision and Values, a commitment to Values-Aligned Philanthropy and an Anti-Hate Policy Statement, and we seek to fund organizations that align with these principles.

While we do understand the need to avoid changing the application each year, we are continuously seeking to improve the questions and scoring rubric (available here) to support the above stated principles and provide greater clarity and guidance to both the nonprofits and the grant panel. This scoring rubric will be used by all panelists on the review committee. If you're interested in participating on a review panel, please sign-up here.

The final change to expect this year is that the Foundation has determined to remove the strategic grant lens of “Access to Economic Opportunity”. In our efforts to solicit and act on feedback, and through extensive conversations with various community stakeholders, it was decided that this lens is no longer aligned with the Foundation’s overall impact and needed further evaluation. Over the coming year(s), we will seek to explore how the Foundation would like to evaluate our impact across all areas of our work and what strategic lens offers the greatest support to the communities we serve.

      • We will continue to host PEEP (Party to Enhance Equity in Philanthropy) events this year to create space for nonprofits to share their work with one another, with staff, Trustees, Committee members and community members. These will be informal events intended to support community building and relationships.

      Save the Dates for 2024 PEEP Events: May 30 and September 26 

      • We will continue to host Coffee Chat hours. Community Impact staff at available during the application cycle to offer support in answering any questions or provide space for feedback. Coffee Chat hours will be available twice per Round and folks can join at any time. Join us for a Coffee Chat via Zoom.
      2024 Coffee Chat Dates

      Round 1

      • February 6: 12pm-1pm
      • February 21: 5pm-6pm

      Round 2

      • March 5: 12pm-1pm
      • March 21: 5pm-6pm
      Grants are awarded in two rounds each year. For the full application, please visit our Grants Portal.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      We had some great questions come through our coffee chats, please keep in mind these are specific to our Annual Grant Cycle. Here is a summary of what was brought up:

      Application Questions

      • There is no spot in the application to ask for an amount of funding, how is this determined?
        Allocations to each grantee are made in each grant panel and can be based on the application's score determined from the rubric. Please note the minimum amount awarded is $10,000.
      • Is there a limit to how often our organization can apply?
        Yes, we can only accept one application per calendar year for our Annual Grant Cycle.
      • Can organizations apply for funding in multiple fields of interest?
        At this time, organizations will need to select only one field of interest that best defines the overall general operating mission of the organization. Please note that organizations can only apply in one field of interest per calendar year.
      • Our organization could fit into possibly two or more fields of interest, how do I know which field of interest to apply for?
        The Foundation’s Annual Grant Cycle provides funding for general operating support, so we advise that you write about your overall mission and a few key programs that are critical to serving the mission of your organization. Please note that community foundation staff do not participate in the decision-making process, and that Foundation staff can provide general advice on what we have seen in the past and information about the fields of interest, but the decision is ultimately that of the organization.
      • Our organization is trying to determine which field of interest to apply in, understanding we should provide a mission-based application, we are currently focused on a historical preservation project.
        The Environment and Historic Preservation field of interest is the only field of interest that provides an exception in applying for program specific requests. For example, if you are an entity that is working on preserving a historic building and that work is outside of the organization’s mission, you can submit a programmatic request in this field.
      • How can "culture" in your Arts & Culture field of interest best be defined?
        Culture can be a very broad term and can mean something different to various groups of people. We define culture as providing cultural expression across diverse communities. Additionally, organizations with the overall mission of providing cultural experiences to their specific population(s) they are serving.
      • Our organization serves groups in Sandoval County, but we also serve groups outside of the ABQCF-required counties. Considering the unrestricted nature of the grant, (and we internally would use those funds only in Sandoval), would we be eligible?
        Yes, you are eligible to apply. We advise that you specify in the application that funding would only be used in one of the four counties as this would be an instance where restricted funding would apply.
      • Our organization is not physically based in the four-county region; however, we offer digital services online remotely for community members that live in the four-county region, are we eligible?
        Yes, and in transparency, historically we have not seen many organizations with these services being funded compared to other organizations that provide similar services but are physically deep rooted within the four-county region. If you are a statewide entity that offers services to all, we advise that your application speaks to the work provided and its impact in these four communities.
      • When inviting someone to “collaborate” on an application, does the second person create their own profile/password?
        Yes, please note in order to provide proper permissions for the person you are adding as a collaborator, you will need to also select the permissions this person will have i.e. can view, can edit, can submit etc. Applicant tutorial on collaboration can be accessed here.

      General Grant Questions

      • How do you define general operating support and unrestricted funding?
        Unrestricted funds support the overall mission of an organization and do not have a specific use required for spending.
      • Where can I find the breakdown of each field of interest?
        All field of interest descriptions can be found here on our website.
      • I am having technical trouble with the grant portal. Where can I get help?
        For technical issues please email grants@abqcf.org.
      • Our organization is based in one of the four county areas; however, we do offer statewide programs for counties outside of the four-county region requirement. Does my organization qualify to apply for the Annual Grant Cycle?
        Yes, and we recommend that you make it very clear in your application that you provide services in the four-county region and highlight how your organization impacts communities within Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia.
      • Our organization is based outside of the four-county region, would we still be eligible to apply for the Annual Grant Cycle?
        One of the requirements of this grant program is that your work must be accessible within the four-county region of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia. An exception can only be made to organizations that have a presence and can access the communities without them having to travel outside of said counties for services.
      • When submitting reporting for the grant, is there a need to report all counties being served by our organization?
        Although not required, if you are able, it would be beneficial to track this type of information as it will help quantify your organizational impact.
      • Our organization has been in existence for several years; however, we have only just obtained our 501c3 status, and are under the five-year minimum to apply. We have been in existence a while and have transitioned under our fiscal sponsorship, are we still eligible to apply?
        The primary reason for the 5-year requirement is for the fiscal management component. So yes, there are exceptions that can be made to this requirement for those who have been under fiscal sponsorship, however we ask that you please reach out to grants@abqcf.org to confirm your eligibility.
      • My organization doesn’t match the five-year requirement nor the four-county requirement, what should we do?
        Although you may not be eligible for the Annual Grant Cycle, the Foundation does host other applications throughout the year that do provide statewide funding. We encourage you to sign up for upcoming grant opportunities via our newsletters and review other grant guidelines on our grant page here.
      • Is there someone available I can work with for help/feedback on my grant application?
        Unfortunately, Foundation staff cannot offer feedback on the actual application itself prior to the review panel accessing them and meeting to discuss. We can offer feedback to specific questions prior and can offer feedback to the content of the application following the decision process. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact us via email at
        grants@abqcf.org.
      • Regarding funding, is my organization competing with other fields of interest for funding or does each field of interest have its own funding? How much funding is available in each field of interest and for each grantee?
        The minimum distribution amount for each grantee is no less than $10,000 and can vary upwards depending on the quantity of grantees as well as what is allocated from pooled funding in regard to each field of interest. Each field of interest has its own funding available. Please keep in mind amounts available vary per field of interest and amounts listed below vary from year to year: Animal Welfare $100,000; Arts & Culture $67,600; Education $77,000; Environmental & Historic Preservation $87,000; Health $89,000; Human Services $113,000; Economic Workforce and Development $94,000
      • In the required upload section, does our organization need to follow a format for the budget upload? And what if we do not have Profit and Loss statements (P&Ls)?
        There is no required format for the budget upload, we request organizations submit whichever budget is most accessible at time of submission. Please ensure it includes the revenues and expenses for the year. If P&Ls are not available at the time of submission, you can submit your organization’s Form 990.
      • Does funding in the Annual Grant Cycle cover an organization's request for capital projects?
        No, not at this time.
      • If our organization applies and is granted funding, when will we find out and when will
        receiving the funding?
        As panelists are responsible for reading all applications in their respective fields of interest, they are given one month prior to their panels to read and evaluate applications. After panel decisions notifications for Round 1 are May 10th and notifications for Round 2 is May 31st. Funding is distributed after agreements have been signed. Please click here for our full Annual Grant Cycle timeline.
      • If we get funding, is it ok to partner with other entities?
        Yes, funding is unrestricted, and you can partner with other entities at your discretion.
      • Can nonprofits serve on panels in areas they are not applying to?
        Yes, If you would like to be on a grant panel you can sign up here or please contact us at grants@abqcf.org.
      • Can I view application questions/rubric prior to applying?
        Yes. You can view Annual Grant questions and the rubric here at Grant Questions and Rubric.

      Grant Opportunities

      Each year, we make grants to organizations providing services benefiting people in the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia counties). There are several different types of grants your organization could apply for, all of which are listed below.

      Annual Grant Cycle

      Each year, Albuquerque Community Foundation awards grants through an annual grant cycle. Awards are granted to organizations providing services that support residents in the four-county Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia). The Annual Grant Cycle is supported by over 90 endowment funds. 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.

      The Foundation is committed to evolving our grantmaking practices to increase funding to traditionally under-resources communities, to breaking down power dynamics in the funding process by including greater equity of voice and to great transparency in the selection process. In 2023, the Foundation adopted a new Mission, Vision and Values, a commitment to Values-Aligned Philanthropy and an Anti-Hate Policy Statement, and we seek to fund organizations that align with these principles.

      While we do understand the need to avoid changing the application each year, we are continuously seeking to improve the questions and scoring rubric (available here) to support the above stated principles and provide greater clarity and guidance to both the nonprofits and the grant panel. This scoring rubric will be used by all panelists on the review committee. If you're interested in participating on a review panel, please sign-up here.

      The final change to expect this year is that the Foundation has determined to remove the strategic grant lens of “Access to Economic Opportunity”. In our efforts to solicit and act on feedback, and through extensive conversations with various community stakeholders, it was decided that this lens is no longer aligned with the Foundation’s overall impact and needed further evaluation. Over the coming year(s), we will seek to explore how the Foundation would like to evaluate our impact across all areas of our work and what strategic lens offers the greatest support to the communities we serve.

      • We will continue to host PEEP (Party to Enhance Equity in Philanthropy) events this year to create space for nonprofits to share their work with one another, with staff, Trustees, Committee members and community members. These will be informal events intended to support community building and relationships.

      Save the Dates for 2024 PEEP Events: May 30 and September 26 

      • We will continue to host Coffee Chat hours. Community Impact staff at available during the application cycle to offer support in answering any questions or provide space for feedback. Coffee Chat hours will be available twice per Round and folks can join at any time. Join us for a Coffee Chat via Zoom.
      2024 Coffee Chat Dates

      Round 1

      • February 6: 12pm-1pm
      • February 21: 5pm-6pm

      Round 2

      • March 5: 12pm-1pm
      • March 21: 5pm-6pm
        Grants are awarded in two rounds each year. For the full application, please visit our Grants Portal.

        Frequently Asked Questions

        We had some great questions come through our coffee chats, please keep in mind these are specific to our Annual Grant Cycle. Here is a summary of what was brought up:

        Application Questions

        • There is no spot in the application to ask for an amount of funding, how is this determined?
          Allocations to each grantee are made in each grant panel and can be based on the application's score determined from the rubric. Please note the minimum amount awarded is $10,000.
        • Is there a limit to how often our organization can apply?
          Yes, we can only accept one application per calendar year for our Annual Grant Cycle.
        • Can organizations apply for funding in multiple fields of interest?
          At this time, organizations will need to select only one field of interest that best defines the overall general operating mission of the organization. Please note that organizations can only apply in one field of interest per calendar year.
        • Our organization could fit into possibly two or more fields of interest, how do I know which field of interest to apply for?
          The Foundation’s Annual Grant Cycle provides funding for general operating support, so we advise that you write about your overall mission and a few key programs that are critical to serving the mission of your organization. Please note that community foundation staff do not participate in the decision-making process, and that Foundation staff can provide general advice on what we have seen in the past and information about the fields of interest, but the decision is ultimately that of the organization.
        • Our organization is trying to determine which field of interest to apply in, understanding we should provide a mission-based application, we are currently focused on a historical preservation project.
          The Environment and Historic Preservation field of interest is the only field of interest that provides an exception in applying for program specific requests. For example, if you are an entity that is working on preserving a historic building and that work is outside of the organization’s mission, you can submit a programmatic request in this field.
        • How can "culture" in your Arts & Culture field of interest best be defined?
          Culture can be a very broad term and can mean something different to various groups of people. We define culture as providing cultural expression across diverse communities. Additionally, organizations with the overall mission of providing cultural experiences to their specific population(s) they are serving.
        • Our organization serves groups in Sandoval County, but we also serve groups outside of the ABQCF-required counties. Considering the unrestricted nature of the grant, (and we internally would use those funds only in Sandoval), would we be eligible?
          Yes, you are eligible to apply. We advise that you specify in the application that funding would only be used in one of the four counties as this would be an instance where restricted funding would apply.
        • Our organization is not physically based in the four-county region; however, we offer digital services online remotely for community members that live in the four-county region, are we eligible?
          Yes, and in transparency, historically we have not seen many organizations with these services being funded compared to other organizations that provide similar services but are physically deep rooted within the four-county region. If you are a statewide entity that offers services to all, we advise that your application speaks to the work provided and its impact in these four communities.
        • When inviting someone to “collaborate” on an application, does the second person create their own profile/password?
          Yes, please note in order to provide proper permissions for the person you are adding as a collaborator, you will need to also select the permissions this person will have i.e. can view, can edit, can submit etc. Applicant tutorial on collaboration can be accessed here

        General Grant Questions

        • How do you define general operating support and unrestricted funding?
          Unrestricted funds support the overall mission of an organization and do not have a specific use required for spending.
        • Where can I find the breakdown of each field of interest?
          All field of interest descriptions can be found here on our website.
        • I am having technical trouble with the grant portal. Where can I get help?
          For technical issues please email grants@abqcf.org.
        • Our organization is based in one of the four county areas; however, we do offer statewide programs for counties outside of the four-county region requirement. Does my organization qualify to apply for the Annual Grant Cycle?
          Yes, and we recommend that you make it very clear in your application that you provide services in the four-county region and highlight how your organization impacts communities within Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia.
        • Our organization is based outside of the four-county region, would we still be eligible to apply for the Annual Grant Cycle?
          One of the requirements of this grant program is that your work must be accessible within the four-county region of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia. An exception can only be made to organizations that have a presence and can access the communities without them having to travel outside of said counties for services.
        • When submitting reporting for the grant, is there a need to report all counties being served by our organization?
          Although not required, if you are able, it would be beneficial to track this type of information as it will help quantify your organizational impact.
        • Our organization has been in existence for several years; however, we have only just obtained our 501c3 status, and are under the five-year minimum to apply. We have been in existence a while and have transitioned under our fiscal sponsorship, are we still eligible to apply?
          The primary reason for the 5-year requirement is for the fiscal management component. So yes, there are exceptions that can be made to this requirement for those who have been under fiscal sponsorship, however we ask that you please reach out to grants@abqcf.org to confirm your eligibility.
        • My organization doesn’t match the five-year requirement nor the four-county requirement, what should we do?
          Although you may not be eligible for the Annual Grant Cycle, the Foundation does host other applications throughout the year that do provide statewide funding. We encourage you to sign up for upcoming grant opportunities via our newsletters and review other grant guidelines on our grant page here.
        • Is there someone available I can work with for help/feedback on my grant application?
          Unfortunately, Foundation staff cannot offer feedback on the actual application itself prior to the review panel accessing them and meeting to discuss. We can offer feedback to specific questions prior and can offer feedback to the content of the application following the decision process. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact us via email at grants@abqcf.org.
        • Regarding funding, is my organization competing with other fields of interest for funding or does each field of interest have its own funding? How much funding is available in each field of interest and for each grantee?
          The minimum distribution amount for each grantee is no less than $10,000 and can vary upwards depending on the quantity of grantees as well as what is allocated from pooled funding in regard to each field of interest. Each field of interest has its own funding available. Please keep in mind amounts available vary per field of interest and amounts listed below vary from year to year: Animal Welfare $100,000; Arts & Culture $67,600; Education $77,000; Environmental & Historic Preservation $87,000; Health $89,000; Human Services $113,000; Economic Workforce and Development $94,000
        • In the required upload section, does our organization need to follow a format for the budget upload? And what if we do not have Profit and Loss statements (P&Ls)?
          There is no required format for the budget upload, we request organizations submit whichever budget is most accessible at time of submission. Please ensure it includes the revenues and expenses for the year. If P&Ls are not available at the time of submission, you can submit your organization’s Form 990.
        • Does funding in the Annual Grant Cycle cover an organization's request for capital projects?
          No, not at this time.
        • If our organization applies and is granted funding, when will we find out and when will receiving the funding?
          As panelists are responsible for reading all applications in their respective fields of interest, they are given one month prior to their panels to read and evaluate applications. After panel decisions notifications for Round 1 are May 10th and notifications for Round 2 is May 31st. Funding is distributed after agreements have been signed. Please click here for our full Annual Grant Cycle timeline.
        • If we get funding, is it ok to partner with other entities?
          Yes, funding is unrestricted, and you can partner with other entities at your discretion.
        • Can nonprofits serve on panels in areas they are not applying to?
          Yes, If you would like to be on a grant panel you can sign up here or please contact us at grants@abqcf.org.
        • Can I view application questions/rubric prior to applying?
          Yes. You can view Annual Grant questions and the rubric here at Grant Questions and Rubric.


        Our Fields of Interest

        Through the Annual Grant Cycle, we make grants in seven diverse priority areas. This allows us to meet a broad spectrum of needs while also following Albuquerque’s changing demands.

        Please note: Organizations can ONLY apply for one field-of-interest in our Annual Grant Cycle.

        Arts & Culture

        Grants in this field of interest support artistic and cultural expression of diverse communities and providing access to these experiences through the following:

        • Creative arts education including music, visual arts, and dance for youth (K-12) performing arts organizations
        • Enhancing cultural arts
        • Theater and/or Dance

        Education

        Grants encompass a wide range of educational supports to ensure historically marginalized communities receive opportunities that positively impact their lives and careers. This may include:

        • Literacy education for K-12, early childhood education, and after school initiatives
        • Addressing adult literacy, vocational/career training and adult basic education, as well as programs to benefit seniors
        • Learning experiences for those with special needs and skills-based education programs

        Environmental &
        Historic Preservation

        Grants in this field-of-interest support preservation of environment, wildlife, and historic buildings with specific focus on:

        • Protecting natural land and resources, including the health and protection of wildlife
        • Preservation of archaeological sites and/or historical buildings, landmarks, attractions and venues
        • Climate justice efforts to improve environmental conditions (energy and water conservation, water recycling, renewable energy, etc.)
        • Educational programs and/or projects with strong community involvement related to any of the above

        Economic & Workforce Development

        Grants in this field-of-interest support intentional and inventive endeavors to ensure community wealth building for under-resourced populations, which can include:

        • Working towards ensuring a robust local economy
        • Contributing to social, economic, and environmental progress for entrepreneurs and the state's workforce
        • Providing innovative support systems for entrepreneurs

        Human Services

        Grants aid individuals as they transition to more self-sustainable lifestyles, with an emphasis on fostering self-sufficiency and nurturing families, specific to supporting traditionally underserved populations. This field-of-interest focuses on these specific areas:

        • Individuals experiencing displacement, homelessness, and/or individuals returning from incarceration
        • Assistance for sexual assault and domestic violence programs and/or support for survivors of crime
        • Support for vulnerable populations including children, families and seniors, youth aging out of foster care and individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

        Health

        Grants in this field-of-interest address essential needs for marginalized populations including the following programs:

        • Providing emergency care/services
        • Addressing food insecurity
        • Mental and behavioral health needs, including addressing substance abuse
        • General healthcare needs including home healthcare and hospice
        • Supporting dental health needs for individuals

        Animal Welfare

        This grant opportunity will support the diverse programs for animal needs including:

        • Welfare for animals (may include, but is not limited to):
          • Spay and neuter
          • Shelters
          • Basic animal health
        • Education/training
          • Resources on how best to care for animals
          • Veterinary career support, including veterinary techs
          • Education about wildlife and ecosystems
        • Programs involved in the training and certification of service animals

        Need To Know Grants

        Need to Know grants provide an opportunity for nonprofits to submit rolling grant requests throughout the year. By submitting these requests, your organization can keep us informed of new programs or ongoing funding needs throughout the year.

        If your organization submitted a grant application in the Annual Grant Cycle and was not selected, it will rollover into a Need to Know grant.

        More about the grant requirements
        • Need to Know grants must serve populations within one of the following counties: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and/or Valencia.
        • The Foundation will review requests monthly, but there is no deadline to submit and there is no designated date on which the Foundation makes funding decisions. This is a rolling process throughout the year. If your organization receives funds, we will contact you directly.
        • While grants may vary in size, we suggest you submit your requests in the $5,000 – $10,000 range.
        If you would like to apply for a Need to Know Grant, contact the Community Impact Team.

        Sign-Up for Community Impact Updates

        Our Fields of Interest

        Through the Annual Grant Cycle, we make grants in six diverse priority areas. This allows us to meet a broad spectrum of needs while also following Albuquerque’s changing demands.

        Please note: Organizations can ONLY apply for one field-of-interest in our Annual Grant Cycle.

        Arts & Culture

        Grants in this field of interest support artistic and cultural expression of diverse communities and providing access to these experiences through the following:

        • Creative arts education including music, visual arts, and dance for youth (K-12) performing arts organizations
        • Enhancing cultural arts
        • Theater and/or Dance

        Education

        Grants encompass a wide range of educational supports to ensure historically marginalized communities receive opportunities that positively impact their lives and careers. This may include:

        • Literacy education for K-12, early childhood education, and after school initiatives
        • Addressing adult literacy, vocational/career training and adult basic education, as well as programs to benefit seniors
        • Learning experiences for those with special needs and skills-based education programs

        Environmental & Historic Preservation

        Grants in this field-of-interest support preservation of environment, wildlife, and historic buildings with specific focus on:

        • Protecting natural land and resources, including the health and protection of wildlife
        • Preservation of archaeological sites and/or historical buildings, landmarks, attractions and venues
        • Climate justice efforts to improve environmental conditions (energy and water conservation, water recycling, renewable energy, etc.)
        • Educational programs and/or projects with strong community involvement related to any of the above

        Economic & Workforce Development

        Grants in this field-of-interest support intentional and inventive endeavors to ensure community wealth building for under-resourced populations, which can include:

        • Working towards ensuring a robust local economy
        • Contributing to social, economic, and environmental progress for entrepreneurs and the state's workforce
        • Providing innovative support systems for entrepreneurs

        Health

        Grants in this field-of-interest address essential needs for marginalized populations including the following programs:

        • Providing emergency care/services
        • Addressing food insecurity
        • Mental and behavioral health needs, including addressing substance abuse
        • General healthcare needs including home healthcare and hospice
        • Supporting dental health needs for individuals

        Human Services

        Grants aid individuals as they transition to more self-sustainable lifestyles, with an emphasis on fostering self-sufficiency and nurturing families, specific to supporting traditionally underserved populations. This field-of-interest focuses on these specific areas:

        • Individuals experiencing displacement, homelessness, and/or individuals returning from incarceration
        • Assistance for sexual assault and domestic violence programs and/or support for survivors of crime
        • Support for vulnerable populations including children, families and seniors, youth aging out of foster care and individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

        Animal Welfare

        This grant opportunity will support the diverse programs for animal needs including:

        • Welfare for animals (may include, but is not limited to):
          • Spay and neuter
          • Shelters
          • Basic animal health
        • Education/training
          • Resources on how best to care for animals
          • Veterinary career support, including veterinary techs
          • Education about wildlife and ecosystems
        • Programs involved in the training and certification of service animals

        Need To Know Grants

        Need to Know grants provide an opportunity for nonprofits to submit rolling grant requests throughout the year. By submitting these requests, your organization can keep us informed of new programs or ongoing funding needs throughout the year.

        If your organization submitted a grant application in the Competitive Grant Program and was not selected, it will rollover into a Need to Know grant.

        More about the grant requirements
        • Need to Know grants must serve populations within one of the following counties: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and/or Valencia.
        • The Foundation will review requests monthly, but there is no deadline to submit and there is no designated date on which the Foundation makes funding decisions. This is a rolling process throughout the year. If your organization receives funds, we will contact you directly.
        • While grants may vary in size, we suggest you submit your requests in the $5,000 – $10,000 range.

        If you would like to apply for a Need to Know Grant, contact the Community Impact Team.

        Sign-Up for Community Impact Updates