New Mexico Grant Resources

While New Mexico is known as ‘The Land of Enchantment,’ the state’s nonprofit sector has historically faced a lack of resources needed to serve the state’s population. According to The Grants Collective, “New Mexico has ranked within the bottom 10 states for total foundation assets since 2005.

New Mexico’s foundation assets per capita are just $701, compared to a national average of $2,263. And total foundation giving per capita in New Mexico is only $45.09 – the lowest in the southwestern region.” So what’s a NM nonprofit in need of foundation funding supposed to do? Whether you’re in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, or someplace else within the state – if you are looking for nonprofit grant funding, we recommend starting with the following action points.

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Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018 Grantsmanship Training Program Santa Fe




Because New Mexico is one of the most underserved states in America, it’s of the utmost importance that organizations have access to information about how to apply for nonprofit grants. If you’re wondering how to get nonprofit funding in New Mexico, you’re in the right place! It doesn’t matter if you’re from Taos Pueblo, Grants, Roswell, Santa Fe, or another locale within the state— we’re here to help you find the New Mexico nonprofit funding you’re looking for.

An invaluable New Mexico nonprofit grant resource is SHARE NM, a unique on-line system created by state grantmakers to post, find and apply for grant opportunities. This resource also functions as a “first stop” for community information within New Mexico. Facilitated by the United Way of Central New Mexico, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s New Mexico Grantmakers Directory is a searchable database of New Mexico grantmakers, as well as out-of-state grantmakers who fund New Mexico nonprofits.

The Grantmakers Directory is a great resource for New Mexico nonprofits in need of foundation funding and corporate funding! A significant and unique (the only one of its kind in NM) resource is New Mexico Women, which leverages philanthropic investments in programs serving women and girls of color and those in rural, low income communities statewide through donor education and strategic grant-making efforts. Below you’ll find a list of some New Mexico grant resources- know of a resource we may have missed? Reach out and let us know!


General New Mexico Resources

- Legislator Lookup

- The Grants Collective

Nonprofit Back Office Resources

New Mexico Funders Collaborative

Searchlight New Mexico

YNPN New Mexico

New Mexico Thrives

- McCune Charitable Foundation

Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC)

Finance New Mexico

The Loan Fund

New Mexico Office of African American Affairs

New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

- New Mexico Environment Department

- New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (Multiple grants available to Native American Communities)

- The Grants Collective

- The Governor's Commission on Disability Quality of Life Grant

Keep New Mexico Beautiful

- New Mexico Humanities Council Grant Program

- Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program in Rural New Mexico


Northern New Mexico Resources

Santa Fe and Northern NM SCORE

United Way of Northern New Mexico

New Mexico Health Equity Partnership

- Native American Venture Acceleration Fund

- LANL Foundation

Brindle Foundation

- The Nonprofit Resource Group Curbside Consulting Program


Central New Mexico Resources

Albuquerque Community Foundation

- Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

- United Way of Central New Mexico Community Fund


Southern / South Western New Mexico Resources

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico

- United Way of SW New Mexico Community Impact Fund

- Las Cruces SCORE

- Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce

- Non-Profit Support and Success Program at Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce



Good Work Requires Strong Infrastructure

Almost every nonprofit wants grant funding. And why not? Grants are a great resource for powering your organization’s work forward, but the infrastructure to support grant acquisition and management is commonly neglected. Large nonprofits, hospitals, and educational institutions typically invest in infrastructure to support the grants process, but in small and mid-sized nonprofits, grants work is commonly catch-as-catch-can, with various staff members taking on roles that can be matched with their skills and squeezed into their workload.

Program Start-Up Demands

When you win a major grant award, a tsunami of demands roars in with the money and all too often your buoyant “we won” high sinks beneath the stress. Project start-up is tough, and careful management is critical. The first step in avoiding mistakes is to fully grasp the importance of this stage in the life of the grant. Experienced administrators know start-up is a make-it or break-it time. Here are a few tips for a full-throttle blast off to a successful grant-funded program.

What's (New)ish with Grants

The field of grant development is dynamic. The basic elements of a strong proposal don’t change, but the environment in which funding decisions are made is in constant flux. The trends below remain current. Although not new, they point towards grantseeking realities we’ll be contending with over the coming year.


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