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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.


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
Deadlines

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.

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.

Sandia Foundation Grants

In 2006, the Sandia Foundation engaged the services of Albuquerque Community Foundation to administer its annual grant award program. Sandia Foundation’s Trustees review and recommend grant recipients and Albuquerque Community Foundation organizes and performs required due diligence.

The efforts of the Sandia Foundation are concentrated on Albuquerque nonprofits that work with children in our community with regard to basic needs and advancing their education through long-term, consistent intervention and support.

More about the grant requirements
  • Organizations must directly benefit Albuquerque residents
  • Grants range in size from $5,000 – $15,000
  • Funding focus area: child well-being with a focus on basic needs and advancing their education through long-term, consistent intervention and support
  • While organizations with operating budgets of all sizes are eligible to apply, preference will be given to organizations with operating budgets less than $1 million
For the full application, please visit our Grants Portal.
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Brighter Future Fund

The New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) is a statewide coalition of oil and natural gas stakeholders, individuals and companies dedicated to promoting the safe and environmentally responsible development of New Mexico’s oil and natural gas resources. With more than 1,000 members, NMOGA advocates for sensible and balanced policies for the development, production and transportation of oil and natural gas and works to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of industry operations and contributions to the state.

NMOGA has partnered with us on a statewide grant program to ensure philanthropic funds are invested strategically in communities throughout New Mexico.

More about the grant requirements

The New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) is a statewide coalition of oil and natural gas stakeholders, individuals, and companies dedicated to promoting the safe and environmentally responsible development of New Mexico’s oil and natural gas resources. With more than 1,000 members, NMOGA advocates for sensible and balanced policies for the development, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas, and works to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of industry operations and contributions to the state.

NMOGA has partnered with Albuquerque Community Foundation on a statewide grant program to ensure philanthropic funds are invested strategically in communities throughout New Mexico. Please read below for a statement on the updated process and timing for 2022:

Over the past two years, the Brighter Future Fund has received 298 applications from nonprofit organizations statewide in an open RFP process. While the Brighter Future Fund has awarded $400,000 statewide during this time, this represents just 15% of the organizations that took the time to apply. In an effort to ease the administrative burden and associated costs on nonprofits, NMOGA has elected to review all applications that have been received since 2020 for consideration of funding in 2022. If your organization has previously submitted an application to the Brighter Future Fund, you will not need to reapply in order to be considered.  Please see below for additional details and the process for organizations that did not previously apply.

What You Need to Know:

  • Previously submitted applications (funded and unfunded) will be reviewed continuously throughout the year. If you applied to the Brighter Future Fund at any time, you DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY
  • Awards will be announced on a rolling basis and consideration will be given based on organizational need
  • If your organization has not previously applied to the Brighter Future Fund, please submit an application here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and funding will be awarded throughout the year
  • While organizations with operating budgets of all sizes are eligible, preference will be given to organizations with operating budgets less than $1 million

Eligible organizations must be: 

  • exempt from U.S. federal income tax pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(1) or section 509(a)(2) of the Code; and/or an educational institution or governmental entity;
  • located anywhere in the United States, however a local partner supporting New Mexico is required;
  • in compliance with the IRS Guidestar Charity Check Report, NM Attorney General’s COROS filing and the NM Secretary of State.

Funding Areas: Grants from the Brighter Future Fund will continue to focus on three areas: Education, Economic Opportunity and Hunger. Within each of these areas, specific attention will be paid to the following:

Education (early childhood – adult):

  • Programs that support STEM development and achievement.
  • Programs that strengthen and promote family engagement through education.
  • Programs that provide training, access and/or professional development opportunities for teachers to incorporate social-emotional learning and trauma-informed learning for their students.
  • Programs that provide access to technology and distance learning for at-risk populations.

Economic Opportunities:

  • Programs that offer skills-based education and/or workforce training to improve economic opportunities for New Mexico residents.
  • Financial literacy programs so families and/or individuals can begin building financial assets.
  • Programs that provide small business development and entrepreneurial support to stimulate local economic growth and revitalization during/after COVID-19.

Hunger:

  • Programs that provide basic food and nutritional needs, such as food banks, food pantries and free-reduced food services.
  • Programs that address the cross section of hunger and homelessness.
For the full application, please visit our Grants Portal.

Hancock Family Grant Program

The Hancock Family Foundation was a privately supported, tax exempt philanthropic institution organized to provide leadership and encouragement to community-based charitable activities in New Mexico.

In 2021, the Hancock Family decided to enlist the support of Albuquerque Community Foundation in administering the family grant program.

Through its grants, the Hancock Family Foundation seeks to support agencies dedicated to women and children’s health and welfare; education, performing arts and cultural organizations; wilderness preservation; and animal protection.

For the full application and requirements, please visit our Grants Portal.

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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.

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.

Sandia Foundation Grants

In 2006, the Sandia Foundation engaged the services of Albuquerque Community Foundation to administer its annual grant award program. Sandia Foundation’s Trustees review and recommend grant recipients and Albuquerque Community Foundation organizes and performs required due diligence.

The efforts of the Sandia Foundation are concentrated on Albuquerque nonprofits that work with children in our community with regard to basic needs and advancing their education through long-term, consistent intervention and support.

More about the grant requirements
  • Organizations must directly benefit Albuquerque residents
  • Grants range in size from $5,000 – $15,000
  • Funding focus area: child well-being with a focus on basic needs and advancing their education through long-term, consistent intervention and support
  • While organizations with operating budgets of all sizes are eligible to apply, preference will be given to organizations with operating budgets less than $1 million

For the full application, please visit our Grants Portal.
Brighter Future Fund Logo

Brighter Future Fund

The New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) is a statewide coalition of oil and natural gas stakeholders, individuals and companies dedicated to promoting the safe and environmentally responsible development of New Mexico’s oil and natural gas resources. With more than 1,000 members, NMOGA advocates for sensible and balanced policies for the development, production and transportation of oil and natural gas and works to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of industry operations and contributions to the state.

NMOGA has partnered with us on a statewide grant program to ensure philanthropic funds are invested strategically in communities throughout New Mexico.

More about the grant requirements

The New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) is a statewide coalition of oil and natural gas stakeholders, individuals, and companies dedicated to promoting the safe and environmentally responsible development of New Mexico’s oil and natural gas resources. With more than 1,000 members, NMOGA advocates for sensible and balanced policies for the development, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas, and works to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of industry operations and contributions to the state.

NMOGA has partnered with Albuquerque Community Foundation on a statewide grant program to ensure philanthropic funds are invested strategically in communities throughout New Mexico. Please read below for a statement on the updated process and timing for 2022:

Over the past two years, the Brighter Future Fund has received 298 applications from nonprofit organizations statewide in an open RFP process. While the Brighter Future Fund has awarded $400,000 statewide during this time, this represents just 15% of the organizations that took the time to apply. In an effort to ease the administrative burden and associated costs on nonprofits, NMOGA has elected to review all applications that have been received since 2020 for consideration of funding in 2022. If your organization has previously submitted an application to the Brighter Future Fund, you will not need to reapply in order to be considered.  Please see below for additional details and the process for organizations that did not previously apply.

What You Need to Know:

  • Previously submitted applications (funded and unfunded) will be reviewed continuously throughout the year. If you applied to the Brighter Future Fund at any time, you DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY
  • Awards will be announced on a rolling basis and consideration will be given based on organizational need
  • If your organization has not previously applied to the Brighter Future Fund, please submit an application here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and funding will be awarded throughout the year
  • While organizations with operating budgets of all sizes are eligible, preference will be given to organizations with operating budgets less than $1 million

Eligible organizations must be: 

  • exempt from U.S. federal income tax pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(1) or section 509(a)(2) of the Code; and/or an educational institution or governmental entity;
  • located anywhere in the United States, however a local partner supporting New Mexico is required;
  • in compliance with the IRS Guidestar Charity Check Report, NM Attorney General’s COROS filing and the NM Secretary of State.

Funding Areas: Grants from the Brighter Future Fund will continue to focus on three areas: Education, Economic Opportunity and Hunger. Within each of these areas, specific attention will be paid to the following:

Education (early childhood – adult):

  • Programs that support STEM development and achievement.
  • Programs that strengthen and promote family engagement through education.
  • Programs that provide training, access and/or professional development opportunities for teachers to incorporate social-emotional learning and trauma-informed learning for their students.
  • Programs that provide access to technology and distance learning for at-risk populations.

Economic Opportunities:

  • Programs that offer skills-based education and/or workforce training to improve economic opportunities for New Mexico residents.
  • Financial literacy programs so families and/or individuals can begin building financial assets.
  • Programs that provide small business development and entrepreneurial support to stimulate local economic growth and revitalization during/after COVID-19.

Hunger:

  • Programs that provide basic food and nutritional needs, such as food banks, food pantries and free-reduced food services.
  • Programs that address the cross section of hunger and homelessness.

For the full application, please visit our Grants Portal.

Hancock Family Grant Program

The Hancock Family Foundation was a privately supported, tax exempt philanthropic institution organized to provide leadership and encouragement to community-based charitable activities in New Mexico.

In 2021, the Hancock Family decided to enlist the support of Albuquerque Community Foundation in administering the family grant program.

Through its grants, the Hancock Family Foundation seeks to support agencies dedicated to women and children’s health and welfare; education, performing arts and cultural organizations; wilderness preservation; and animal protection.

For the full application and requirements, please visit our Grants Portal.

Sign-Up for Community Impact Updates