Mission/Giving Statement: The Santa Fe Community Foundation improves the quality of life for people in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, now and future generations by: 1) Building and managing endowment funds in order to award grants; 2) Helping nonprofits operate more effectively; 3) Convening area residents to discuss issues of critical importance to the community; 4) Providing leadership for key community initiatives.
Grantmaking Program Areas:
Community Grants Program (Arts; Economic Opportunity; Education; Environment; Health & Human Services); Lesbian & Gay Community Funding Partnership; Native American Advised Endowment; Future Santa Fe Fund
Grantmaking Program Area Descriptions:
Arts: Arts education programs; Art as a tool to engage young people in learning and lead to success in other subjects; Outreach to youth artists and audiences; Access to the arts for people who otherwise wouldn’t have that opportunity; and Arts projects that build community.
Economic Opportunity: Engaging the community in issues that affect them; Increase community involvement in civic dialogue and action; Improve neighborhood pride; Engage in activities that influence public policy to strengthen communities (research, analysis, public education, advocacy); Increasing social and economic justice (the right to education and work, access to health care, food, clothing, and housing); Locally based economic development; Integrating immigrants into the community; Inclusiveness and anti-discrimination; and Affordable housing.
Education: Improve youth and adult literacy and comprehension; Improving public education; Ensuring young children enter school ready to learn; Parenting education and promotion of family involvement in education; Increase participation in after-school and out-of-school learning; Increase high school graduation rates.
Environment: Improve and protect air and water quality; Increase access to renewable energy; Increase land conserved for farming and open space; Increase youth an adult knowledge and actions that protect the natural environment; Preserve historical and cultural uses of land and water; Address environmental health and justice concerns.
Health & Human Services: Increased access to quality affordable healthcare; Provide for basic needs of food and shelter; Prevent and reduce chronic illnesses; Care for vulnerable populations, including the elderly, people with disabilities; the Homeless and caregivers; Preventing teen pregnancy and suicide; Providing behavioral health services, including substance abuse prevention and treatment; and Domestic violence and other violence prevention.
See website for additional Grantmaking Program Area descriptions.
Type of Funding/Funding Restrictions: SFCF accepts general operating requests. Organizations must be at least three years old and serve residents in one or more of the counties within their geographic funding focus. SFCF does not fund: Organizations that discriminate; Capital campaigns; Debt retirement; Endowments; Membership or affiliation campaigns, dinners, or special events; Grants that further political or religious doctrine; Individuals; Scholarships, sponsorships; Individual medical procedures; Private schools or Government agencies (unless the program benefits the greater community); Re-granting programs; Retroactive funding of projects.
Application Instructions: Registration for the Foundation's Pre-Proposal Workshops and grant application instructions are available online.