Mission/ Giving Statement: The mission of the Taos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves by encouraging permanent charitable giving. To fulfill that mission, the Foundation creates permanent funds, prudently invests those funds, and makes grants from the investments to nonprofit organizations in Taos and western Colfax Counties.
Grantmaking Program Areas: Healthy Youth & Families; Creativity & Culture; Sustainable Environment; Strengthening Community; Field of Interest Grants
Grantmaking Program Area Descriptions:
Healthy Youth & Families: The grants in this focus area play an important role in assisting families with basic needs, education, medical care and mental health. The healthy youth and families grant making strengthens the connection between the personal and the social by providing a sense of belonging and a positive attachment to family, school, peers and the community.
Creativity & Culture: This area invests in key local institutions and nurtures local leadership and talent.
Sustainable Environment: The projects funded help sustain local land-based traditions and culture as well as increase public awareness of the overall benefits of land conservation.
Strengthening Community: Projects in this area emphasized the value of community, place, common interests and communion. The strengthening community grant making philosophy is to better prepare the communities we serve for the increasingly complex social problems we face. TCF believes that a strong community has avenues for strong communication, partnerships between sectors, community leadership, coalitions, and organized capacity-building for non-profits.
Field of Interest Grants: See website for Field of Interest Grant descriptions.
Type of Funding/ Funding Restrictions: Taos Community Foundation awards grants with an overall philanthropic strategy and intentionality to be responsive to the needs of the area. Effective grant making promotes social capital and supports the value of community. The Foundation's funding seeks to impact systemic change, and increase opportunities for people to overcome economic, political and social barriers. The Foundation funds in Taos County and Western Colfax County.
Application Instructions: Grant application instructions available online.