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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.

Competitive Grant Program

Each year, Albuquerque Community Foundation awards grants through a competitive process. Awards are granted to organizations providing services that support residents in the four-county Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia). The Competitive Grant Program 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.

Our ongoing work in grantmaking, asset development and community leadership is focused on supporting organizations that meet the basic needs of our community and work toward creating lasting positive change.

As a result, we identified a common theme in the Competitive Grant Program: providing access to economic opportunities. Like many major cities, Albuquerque faces many complex issues. The root cause of many of these issues is the inequity of economic opportunity. By integrating this theme into our grantmaking, we aim to move the needle towards prosperity for more Albuquerque residents.

What does this mean?

Access to economic opportunities could apply (but is not limited) to the following areas:

  • Providing and supporting economic opportunities for individuals living in the four-county Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia). This may include life-skills and career development programs, educational opportunities and/or social services programs that create opportunities for community members.
  • Providing and supporting opportunities that will bolster the economic growth of Albuquerque. This may include strengthening access to art and culture; increasing workforce development and job creation to bolster economic growth; and/or ensuring the surrounding natural environment remains a preserved, protected, and valued aspect of the city.

This two-pronged approach to providing access to economic opportunities holistically addresses economic inequities and supports our city’s collective economic growth and development.

Competitive grants are awarded in two rounds each year. For the full application, please visit our Grants Portal.

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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.

Competitive Grant Program

Each year, Albuquerque Community Foundation awards grants through a competitive process. Awards are granted to organizations providing services that support residents in the four-county Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia). The Competitive Grant Program 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.

Our ongoing work in grantmaking, asset development and community leadership is focused on supporting organizations that meet the basic needs of our community and work toward creating lasting positive change.

As a result, we identified a common theme in the Competitive Grant Program: providing access to economic opportunities. Like many major cities, Albuquerque faces many complex issues. The root cause of many of these issues is the inequity of economic opportunity. By integrating this theme into our grantmaking, we aim to move the needle towards prosperity for more Albuquerque residents.

What does this mean?

Access to economic opportunities could apply (but is not limited) to the following areas:

  • Providing and supporting economic opportunities for individuals living in the four-county Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia). This may include life-skills and career development programs, educational opportunities and/or social services programs that create opportunities for community members.
  • Providing and supporting opportunities that will bolster the economic growth of Albuquerque. This may include strengthening access to art and culture; increasing workforce development and job creation to bolster economic growth; and/or ensuring the surrounding natural environment remains a preserved, protected, and valued aspect of the city.

This two-pronged approach to providing access to economic opportunities holistically addresses economic inequities and supports our city’s collective economic growth and development.

Competitive grants are awarded in two rounds each year. For the full application, please visit our Grants Portal.

Guidelines

Our Fields of Interest

Through the Competitive Grant Program, 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 competitive grant program.

Arts & Culture

Arts and Culture grants focus on two primary funding areas:

  1. Organizations and programs that provide access to arts and culture for our community.
  2. Organizations supporting Albuquerque's creative economy through visual and performing arts.

Education

Education grants focus on supporting students to ensure they receive educational opportunities to enhance the course of their lives and careers. Specific focus areas in this field are: elementary education literacy programs, students from underserved communities, youth from under-resourced communities, students with special needs and skills-based education for youth and adults.

Environmental &
Historic Preservation

Environmental and Historic Preservation grants focus on the “environmental and agricultural economy” and the preservation of historic landmarks, attractions, buildings and venues. The “environmental and agricultural economy” can be defined as organizations working to preserve the environment and improve environmental conditions and/or working within the agricultural sector to bolster economic growth.

Economic & Workforce Development

Economic and Workforce Development grants support intentional, inventive efforts to ensure a strong local economy. This field promotes social, economic and environmental growth by supporting innovative systems for entrepreneurs and the state’s workforce.

Health

Health grants have two focus areas:

  1. Meeting the mental health needs (including behavioral health and addiction recovery) of residents in the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia).
  2. Supporting dental health needs of individuals from early childhood-aged to seniors.

Human Services

Human Services grants serve as “springboard” grants to help individuals transition to more self-sustainable lifestyles. Organizations that serve one or more of the following: parental or guardian skills training, teen pregnancy, job training, independent living and children aging out of foster care particularly stand out in the grantmaking process.

Arts & Culture


Arts and Culture grants focus on two primary funding areas:

  1. Organizations and programs that provide access to arts and culture for our community.
  2. Organizations supporting Albuquerque's creative economy through visual and performing arts.

Economic & Workforce Development

Economic and Workforce Development grants support intentional, inventive efforts to ensure a strong local economy. This field promotes social, economic and environmental growth by supporting innovative systems for entrepreneurs and the state’s workforce.

Education


Education grants focus on supporting students to ensure they receive educational opportunities to enhance the course of their lives and careers. Specific focus areas in this field are: elementary education literacy programs, students from underserved communities, youth from under-resourced communities, students with special needs and skills-based education for youth and adults.

Environmental &
Historic Preservation

Environmental and Historic Preservation grants focus on the “environmental and agricultural economy” and the preservation of historic landmarks, attractions, buildings and venues. The “environmental and agricultural economy” can be defined as organizations working to preserve the environment and improve environmental conditions and/or working within the agricultural sector to bolster economic growth.

Health


Health grants have two focus areas:

  1. Meeting the mental health needs (including behavioral health and addiction recovery) of residents in the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area.
  2. Supporting dental health needs of individuals from early childhood-aged to seniors.

Human Services


Human Services grants serve as “springboard” grants to help individuals transition to more self-sustainable lifestyles. Organizations that serve one or more of the following: parental or guardian skills training, teen pregnancy, job training, independent living and children aging out of foster care particularly stand out in the grantmaking process.

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.

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Our Fields of Interest

Through the Competitive Grant Program, 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 competitive grant program.

Arts & Culture

Arts and Culture grants focus on two primary funding areas:

  1. Organizations and programs that provide access to arts and culture for our community.
  2. Organizations supporting Albuquerque's creative economy through visual and performing arts.

Education

Education grants focus on supporting students to ensure they receive educational opportunities to enhance the course of their lives and careers. Specific focus areas in this field are: elementary education literacy programs, students from underserved communities, youth from under-resourced communities, students with special needs and skills-based education for youth and adults.

Environmental & Historic Preservation

Environmental and Historic Preservation grants focus on the “environmental and agricultural economy” and the preservation of historic landmarks, attractions, buildings and venues. The “environmental and agricultural economy” can be defined as organizations working to preserve the environment and improve environmental conditions and/or working within the agricultural sector to bolster economic growth.

Economic & Workforce Development

Economic and Workforce Development grants support intentional, inventive efforts to ensure a strong local economy. This field promotes social, economic and environmental growth by supporting innovative systems for entrepreneurs and the state’s workforce.

Health

Health grants have two focus areas:

  1. Meeting the mental health needs (including behavioral health and addiction recovery) of residents in the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia).
  2. Supporting dental health needs of individuals from early childhood-aged to seniors.

Human Services

Human Services grants serve as “springboard” grants to help individuals transition to more self-sustainable lifestyles. Organizations that serve one or more of the following: parental or guardian skills training, teen pregnancy, job training, independent living and children aging out of foster care particularly stand out in the grantmaking process.

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