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Nonprofit Grant FAQs

Competitive Grant Program

Who is eligible for a grant?

  • Qualified 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations and public educational institutions that benefit the citizens of the four-county Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan Area, including Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance. 

I’m not a nonprofit organization; I’m just a person who needs some extra help. Can I apply for a grant?

  • We are unable to award grants to individuals, except in the case of scholarships and financial aid, which are awarded directly to the educational institution on behalf of the student. If you are a student, please go to the Student Aid section.

Does my organization have to be located in the Albuquerque metro area?

  • No. However, the project must enhance the quality of life in the Albuquerque metro area community.

Do you fund new organizations?

  • An organization must be incorporated in the state of New Mexico for a minimum of five years to be eligible for the Competitive Grant Program. Certain exceptions can be made to this, including but not limited to: organizations operating with a fiscal agent or organizations that have spun off from a parent organization and are now operating as their own entity. If your organization has been operating for less than five years and you feel you are eligible to apply for a grant, please contact the Foundation before submitting an application. 

Does the Foundation provide Operating Grants? 

  • For 2021: 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.

Does the Foundation fund local offices, chapters or affiliates of national organizations?

  • Yes.

Does the Foundation only fund large organizations…or only small organizations?

  • There is not a “right” size organization.

Does my organization need a 501 (c)(3) designation from the IRS before I can apply for funds?

  • Your organization must have a 501(c) (3) designation or be a public educational institution or be a government agency.

What is a 501(c)(3) designation? How can I get one?

  • 501(c)(3) refers to the specific section of the Internal Revenue Code that defines a charitable organizations. For more information, contact the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Sometimes an organization can use another nonprofit organization’s 501(c)(3).  This would be called a “fiscal sponsorship.” Organizations using a fiscal sponsor are eligible for funding. 

How do we register to the Attorney General’s office?

  • New Mexico state law requires all nonprofit organizations to report annually to the Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division, with the Registrar of Charitable Organizations. You will have all of the necessary information and forms at New Mexico Attorney General’s website or call 505.222.9000 in Albuquerque.

How do we make sure we are in good standing with the New Mexico Secretary of State? 

  • A Certificate of Good Standing is a state-issued document that shows your corporation or nonprofit has met its statutory requirements and is authorized to do business in that state. Think of it as a kind of “snapshot” of your organization’s compliance status. Certificates of Good Standing for New Mexico may be requested and obtained online.

If my organization has received grants in the past, are there limitations to how many years we can receive grants?

  • No.

Does the Foundation make multi-year grants?

  • No, currently the Foundation does not make any multi-year grants.

Does the Foundation fund faith-based organizations?

  • The Foundation does fund faith-based organizations but does not fund projects of a religious nature or projects that require participation in a religious activity as a condition for receiving services.

How many applications can I submit?

  • Only one application per calendar year can be submitted to the Foundation’s Competitive Grant Program.

Will you review a draft of my proposal and offer comments?

  • While the Foundation is unable to review specific proposals, Grant staff is happy to answer any questions you may have, discuss your program and provide support or suggestions during the application process, as time permits. 

If I know members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, staff or a donor, does it increase the likelihood that my proposal will be funded if I contact them?

  • No. All members of our Grant Panels are required to sign conflict of interest forms to ensure that no personal relationships will influence funding decisions. 

Who decides which applications receive funding?

  • Assisting Foundation Board of Trustees and staff in the review process are volunteers who contribute time, thought and knowledge of our community.

Does the Foundation have submission deadlines for requests?

  • Yes. The Competitive Grant Program deadlines are here.

Can I submit a case statement, brochure, or newsletter with my proposal?

  • No, please do not send any materials beyond what is required for the grant application. 

How are grant applicants notified?

  • Shortly after grant presentations, Foundation staff will contact organizations to inform them of their funding status. A timeline for the 2021 Competitive Grant Program can be found here

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