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In 2006, the Sandia Foundation engaged the services of the Albuquerque Community Foundation to administer its annual grant award program. Sandia Foundation’s Trustees reviews and recommends grant recipients, the 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. 

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 Sandia Foundation Grant Program will be general operating grants. This means, funding will be unrestricted as grantees may use the funds as needed throughout the year. Program-based grants will not be accepted in 2021.

What You Need to Know:

  • Organizations must directly benefit Albuquerque residents
  • Grants will 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

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 Albuquerque is required;
  • in compliance with the IRS Guidestar Charity Check Report, NM Attorney General’s COROS filing and the NM Secretary of State.


  • Proposal Narrative/Questions
  • A current year organizational budget
  • Most recent financial statements
    • Audited financial statements are required if your organization has an operating budget of $500,000 or more
  • Listing of current members of the Board of Directors


For the full application, please visit the Albuquerque Community Foundation’s grants portal starting May 10, 2021.  The following bullets indicate information which will be required in various questions in the online application. 

  • Your organization’s mission and goals.
  • Description of the problems/issues the organization addresses.
  • Focus: what is the main focus of the organization for 2021.
  • Leverage: How can your organization leverage funding from the Sandia Foundation.
  • Objectivity: What is the main objective the organization would like to accomplish in 2021.
  • Woodward’s: What would the Woodward’s do? (Please review the video located at the bottom of this page – be creative!)
  • Description of how the programming at the organization specifically benefits children’s well-being as it relates to their educational success.
  • Description of the effects COVID-19 has had on your organization, programming and the population you serve.
  • Describe the longer-term needs you anticipate your organization and the population you serve will face over the next 12-24 months as a result of COVID-19.
  • A set of qualitative outcomes.
    • Outcomes serve as qualitative indicators to monitor and report on during your grant period. Put simply, outcomes seek to measure “who benefits and to what extent”.
  • How you are collaborating – sharing talent and resources with other organizations in our community.
  • Primary zip code served.

Applicants that do not meet the requirements or that submit an application that fails to address every one of these bullets will not be considered.

Proposals must be received by 5pm MT on Thursday, June 10, 2021
No exceptions can be made for late proposals.

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