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Grants – General Information

Competitive Grant Program Criteria  

Submitting a proposal to the Competitive Grant Program begins with reviewing your organization’s eligibility and the Albuquerque Community Foundation’s criteria and priorities to determine if the Foundation aligns with your needs.  By submitting a proposal, you give the Foundation permission to share your information with other interested individual donors. 


Organizations must meet the following criteria in order to apply for a grant:

  • Provide services to the people of the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area
  • Be a nonprofit organization, exempt from Federal Income Taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public educational institution or be a public agency
  • Have been incorporated in the state of New Mexico for a minimum of 5 years – verified by theNM Secretary of State, Business Services Division (certain exceptions can be made to this, including, but not limited to: an organization operating with a fiscal agent or an organization spinning off from a parent nonprofit and establishing its own separate entity). If your organization is less than five years old and you feel you meet the requirements to be eligible, please contact Senior Community Impact Program Officer, Khia Griffis to 
  • Be current with all state and federal reporting requirements
  • Clearly demonstrate how the organization provides access to economic opportunities
  • Have 100% of its Board of Trustees providing a meaningful financial contribution to the organization

While the Foundation remains flexible in trying to meet community needs, in general, competitive grants are not made for or to:

  • Individuals
  • Political or religious purposes
  • Retire indebtedness
  • The payment of interest or taxes
  • Annual campaigns, capital campaigns or fundraising events
  • Travel for individuals or groups
  • Conferences, workshops, symposia; including speaker fees, room and board, related travel
  • Endowments
  • Medical, scientific or academic research
  • Influence legislation or elections
  • Private foundations and other grant-making organizations

Criteria and Priorities for Applicants:

  • Well-established organizations with a proven track record of providing services benefiting people in the Greater Albuquerque area
  • Clearly and specifically aligned with one of the Foundation’s Fields-of-Interest
  • Have clearly defined organizational goals and measurable program outcomes
  • Built on community, regional and organizational assets and strengths
  • Organizations should demonstrate their ability to work with other partners to identify community needs and gaps in services

 Grantmaking Fields-of-Interest:

  • Arts and Culture: Arts & Culture grants will focus on two primary funding areas: organizations and programs that provide access to arts and culture for low-income and/or underserved populations and organizations supporting Albuquerque’s creative economy through visual and performing arts. 
  • Economic and Workforce Development: Economic & Workforce Development grants will support intentional, inventive efforts to ensure a strong local economy. This field promotes social, economic and environmental growth by supporting innovative support systems for entrepreneurs and the state’s workforce.
  • Education: Education grants will focus on supporting  historically underserved populations to ensure they receive equitable educational. Specific focus areas in this field include: elementary education literacy programs disenfranchised youth, and skills-based education for youth and adults.
  • Environmental and Historic Preservation: Environment & Historic Preservation grants will 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 within the environmental and agricultural sector to bolster economic growth. 
  • Health: Health grants have two focus areas; 1.) meeting the mental and behavioral health of individuals in the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area and 2.) supporting dental health needs of at-risk individuals.  Populations served through mental/behavioral and dental health programs may range from early childhood to seniors.
  • Human Services: Human Services grants aim to create supportive systems for individuals to thrive in the Greater Albuquerque area. Special focus will be given to organizations and programs that support one or more of the following: parental or guardian skills training,  job training, independent living and teens aging out of foster care.  

Scope of Funding

The range for grant requests is based on the organization’s total income from the most recently completed fiscal year.

  • If your total income was under $500,000 you may apply for up to $10,000 in funding.
  • If your total income was $500,000 or more, you may apply for up to $15,000 in funding.
  • Grant requests must be a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $15,000
  • For Mental Behavioral Health grants only! If your total organizational income was under $500,000 you may apply for up to $15,000 in funding. If your total organizational income was $500,000 or more, you may apply for up to $20,000 in funding. This only applies in the Health field-of-interest.
  • As a short-term funder providing relatively small grants, the Foundation recognizes the goals and outcomes discussed are likely to be initial or intermediate in nature and the long-term goals may be beyond the scope of a one-year grant.

Types of Grants – Operating Grants 

In an effort to ensure our nonprofit partners have as much flexibility to respond to the changes COVID-19 has created (and continues to create) in our community, all grants in the 2021 Competitive Grant Program will be general operating grants. This means, funding will be unrestricted and grantees may use the funds as needed throughout the year. Program-based grants will not be accepted in 2021.

Operating Support Grants 

The Foundation considers requests for General Operating Support to be awarded as core support or unrestricted grants. Organizations may use operating grants to cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as administrative salaries, utilities, office supplies, technology maintenance as well as for project costs, capital, technology purchases and professional development.

To Receive Operating Support Grants, an organization must:

  • Show expenses as part of a board-approved annual budget
  • Show evidence of sound financial condition for three years or more with no deficits greater than 10% of the budget.  Deficits related to COVID are acceptable.
  • Show 100% of board members making annual contributions to the organization
  • Have a proven track record in the community

Types of organizations ineligible to apply for Operating Support are:

  • Government entities
  • Umbrella funding organizations whose sole purpose is re-granting

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Community Impact Team at with questions in order to facilitate a successful grant application process. 

Please note: We advise you to contact the Foundation at-least two weeks before grant deadlines. 

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