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Grants to New Mexico Nonprofits, Tribes, Schools,
and Agencies for General Operating Support

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McCune Charitable Foundation

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Grants to New Mexico nonprofit organizations, Native American tribes, public schools, and government agencies for general operating support. Funding is intended to support organizations working to benefit local communities in the areas of education, economic development, the arts, health, environment, and social services.

The McCune Charitable Foundation supports community-based work in the State of New Mexico that aligns with the nine Foundation Priorities and their corresponding Leverage Points. The best fit for Foundation funding are organizations that work collaboratively across the priority areas to support community well-being and create long-term impact, and whose leadership and expertise come from those who are closest to and most affected by the organization's work.

The Lead grant category supports established organizations that are proven to play a supporting role to the broader ecosystem of non-profits by providing critical supports to numerous other organizations in alignment with Foundation priorities and values. Lead grantees often operate in the background, providing specific, critical programmatic or operational supports to help make other groups more impactful.

The Foundation awards grants for community-based projects in the State of New Mexico related to the following nine Foundation Priorities:

  1. Capacity Building in the Non-Profit Sector
  2. Economic Development and Family Asset Building
  3. Education Transformation and Early Childhood Development
  4. Leveraging Opportunities In Health Care
  5. Local Food Industry Development
  6. Building Links Between Arts and Community Engagement
  7. Stewardship in Community
  8. Influencing Urban Planning and Built Environments
  9. Strategies for Rural Development

For a detailed description of each of these priority areas, see Supporting Documents below.

Most competitive for this tier:

  • Established organizations with missions and work aligned with Foundation priorities that demonstrate shared work and integration with other organizations, and that have been invited to participate in this tier.
  • These organizations play a fundamental supportive role within the ecosystems because of programmatic approach, organizational leadership, and critical role supporting other non-profits.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184280

Number of Grants:

Between 1 and 5 Lead grants are awarded per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Amount Range: $50,000-$100,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant is for 12-month term with no assurance of additional year of funding.

Consecutive Funding Opportunity: Maximum of 3 consecutive years; then the applying organization must meet with Foundation staff to discuss on-going eligibility.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants can be awarded to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally-recognized Native American tribes, public schools, and governmental agencies.

Lead grants are best for established organizations whose work is highly aligned with Foundation priorities and that have demonstrated a supporting role among other organizations as well as leadership in the civic sector.

Grants must benefit New Mexicans.

Not funded:
- Direct donations or grants to individuals
- Direct grants to for-profit institutions
- Projects in the area of health addressing and/or providing medical research related to particular diseases or conditions
- Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes
- Grants to political campaigns, to support political activities or to lobby for or against particular pieces of legislation
- Programs related to domestic animals
- Grants for organizations "in crisis" or for debt repayment
- Projects that should primarily be funded by local, state or federal government
- Establishment of endowed Chairs or other permanent academic posts
- Capacity building for individual organizations
- Search and rescue operations
- Historical preservation efforts
- Community and school teaching gardens
- Adoption services or support
- Therapeutic programs
- Ongoing operating support for well-established charter schools
- Film projects
- Arts councils
- Parochial and private schools
- Indirect costs for Institutions of Higher Education

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations wishing to investigate Lead eligibility for the 2022 funding cycle should provide a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the Foundation no later than Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Confirmation of receipt of the LOI will be sent by email on or before Thursday, April 22, 2021. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt, please follow up with Ernesto.

Notice of invitation to apply in the Lead category will be sent by email by July 9, 2021.

If invited, complete application during an open application cycle (generally mid-August to mid-September).

The mid-year report may serve as application for next year funding.

Organizations can apply for only one grant per year, regardless of category.

Foundation Priorities:

New Mexico Collaborative Zone Grant Webinar, Spring 2018:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the LOI by email to:
Ernesto Torres, Grants Manager
(505) 983-8300

For assistance, please call the McCune Offices at 505.983.8300.

McCune Charitable Foundation
345 East Alameda Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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