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2016 Grant Recipients

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In 2016, LANL Foundation awarded a total of $150,000 in grants to 74 organizations that include public schools, nonprofit educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies, and Pueblo/Tribal communities to address public education and community needs.

Each program received a maximum of $1,500. In some cases, larger grants were awarded to support sustainability of promising programs. 

  1. Academy for the Love of Learning, Plans to Project–Early College Opportunities Teacher Learning Program: year-long professional development partnership with Santa Fe Public Schools staff
  2. ARTsmart: purchase of iPads to enhance the student learning experience and provide them new means of expression
  3. Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Fe/Del Norte, 2016 Mayor’s Ball: support for an event benefiting the Boys & Girls Club and Youthworks programs
  4. Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), Community Asset Awards: recognition of youth and those who support them on their journey
  5. Coming Home Connection: comprehensive, community-based home care training and education for adults and young people in Santa Fe
  6. Community Learning Network, LISTO for Teachers: support for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification, cross-cultural training, and Spanish language immersion for Santa Fe teachers
  7. Cooking with Kids: adaptation of food and nutrition education lessons to align with Common Core State Standards that meet the needs of public schools
  8. Dulce Independent School District, Dulce Junior/Senior High School: registration for two teachers and three students to attend the Community Builders Youth STEAM and Cultural Conference
  9. Earth’s Birthday Project, Butterfly Life Science: butterfly kits for 100 pre K-8 classrooms in Northern New Mexico
  10. Eight Northern Pueblos, Inc.: support for strategic planning
  11. El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, Colonial Kids: launch of a new educational program for K-4 children, which meets NM state social studies standards in history
  12. Embudo Valley Library and Community Center: support for weekly STEM afterschool programming
  13. Embudo Valley Tutoring Association: tutor training in Wilson Reading Program for struggling readers
  14. Escalante Middle/High School: purchase Kindle Fire devices for use in language arts classes
  15. Española Valley High School, DECA Club: student attendance at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Nashville, TN, preparing for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management
  16. Family Strengths Network, Love and Logic Parenting: early childhood program to make parenting and teaching fun, rewarding, and less stressful
  17. Fractured Atlas/Meow Wolf, Chimera: tuition assistance for youth to participate in computer programming, LED wiring, robotics, and product design and development workshops
  18. Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico, 2016 Golden Apple Teachers Conference: support for event and awards that celebrate teacher excellence
  19. Hispanic Culture Foundation, DreamBuilders: expand conference to formalize northern entity relationships and grow STEM programming in depth and creativity
  20. IMPACT Personal Safety, Project PREPARE–Keeping Our Children Safe: skill-based violence prevention programs for youth ages 6–19 in collaboration with schools and community organizations
  21. Interfaith Shelter Group Inc., Women’s Summer Safe Haven: services and support for homeless women and children
  22. La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences: transportation for experiential learning opportunities in the community for students
  23. Los Alamos Community Foundation, Nonprofit Training Program: series of training events prioritized by the nonprofits dedicated to serving the community
  24. Los Alamos Public Schools, Leveled Literacy Intervention: kit for middle grades to help bring children struggling in literacy up to grade level expectations
  25. Los Alamos Women in Science, Northern New Mexico Expanding Your Horizons 2016 Workshop: conference that nurtures youth interest in science and math, encouraging consideration of STEM careers
  26. McCurdy Charter School: purchase of robots and drone, teacher professional development, and expenses for RoboRAVE tournament
  27. Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project: teacher professional development workshops that coach educators on how to use the Discovering Mea Prieta curriculum in their classrooms
  28. Mesa Vista Consolidated Schools, The Heroes Among Us: student interviews and photographs of veterans, presentation, and classroom book giving cultural context and understanding
  29. Mountain Elementary School PTA, 5th Grade Boys Science Day: workshops on DNA extraction, model building, exploring bacteria, and mock crime scene investigation
  30. Moving Arts Española: operational support for educational intervention programs in the arts in the Española Valley
  31. New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care: engagement with community partners and experts to investigate school-based health and reduction of unintended youth pregnancy
  32. New Mexico Business Roundtable, Evening with Robert Putnam: sponsorship of the guest speaker discussing the importance of Early Childhood Education
  33. New Mexico Business Roundtable, Jobs for America’s Graduates New Mexico Career Development Conference: conference for students from Bernalillo, Independence, Mora, Rio Grande, RFK Charter, Twin Buttes, and Zuni
  34. New Mexico Business Roundtable, NM Education Reform Summit: event to encourage education reform and collaboration among education, nonprofit and business sectors
  35. New Mexico First: statewide town hall with a discussion on workforce education
  36. New Mexico Foundation for Open Government: online course in the Santa Fe public high schools journalism and civics classes to teach students about government transparency
  37. New Mexico PTA Parent Leadership, Student Success through Family-School Partnerships: parent leader professional development focused on family engagement as a key strategy to improve outcomes for students
  38. New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Youth In-Field STEM Project: wildlife science education and conservation for youth participants
  39. Northern New Mexico Children’s Football League, Rio Rancho Punishers Youth Football: combat childhood obesity, reinforce relationship between education and athletics, and provide a positive experience in youth athletics
  40. Northern New Mexico College Foundation Community Fund: gala support for student scholarships, the Foundation, and NNMC faculty
  41. Northern New Mexico College: partnership with Pojoaque Valley Middle School to create an after-school robotics club
  42. Partners in Education Foundation for Santa Fe Public Schools: transportation for field trips to places of educational, cultural, and historical interest to enhance classroom curriculum
  43. Pueblo of Tesuque Department of Education, K12 Enrichment Fund: assistance for low-income students to participate in community nonprofit education activities
  44. Quality New Mexico, Learning Summit: registration for school superintendents and networking dinner with Dr. JoAnn Sternke
  45. Railyard Park Conservancy, Railyard Park Outdoor Science Classroom: program to increase science literacy for elementary school students through nature-based learning
  46. Rio Arriba County Fair Association, 4-H and Future Farmers of America: youth agricultural livestock projects and fundraisers to generate operating funds
  47. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Learning Lab’s Curriculum Enhancement Project: juvenile justice and mental health services that provide alternatives to detention of students for fighting, truancy, or substance abuse suspensions
  48. San Felipe Pueblo Elementary School: Learning-New Mexico digital education program to enrich curriculum and expand electives and fine arts for students
  49. Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 2016 Teacher Resource Fair: educators learning and networking opportunity in collaboration with Santa Fe Community Educators Network
  50. Santa Fe Chamber Opportunities Fund, Inc. (Leadership Santa Fe), Tightly Integrated Coworker, Educational, and Entrepreneurial Space (TICEES), MAKE Santa Fe: space for creative class through which collaboration in art, industry, and science occur
  51. Santa Fe Chamber Opportunities Fund, Inc., Youth Leadership Santa Fe: civics and leadership program for grades 9–11 and dual credit with Santa Fe Community College
  52. Santa Fe Community Foundation, New Mexico Impact Investing Hub Pilot Project: stimulates impact investment in organizations contributing to healthy, equitable, sustainable, and economically vibrant communities throughout the state
  53. Santa Fe Community Foundation, Santa Fe Baby Fund, Fiesta Para Bebes: support for planning, advertising and running a community health and wellness event for families with young children
  54. Santa Fe Community Foundation, Santa Fe Baby Fund: support for NM Early Childhood Funders Group early childhood advocacy mini grants
  55. Santa Fe Indian Center: mini-grants of emergency assistance for Native American families who are experiencing financial problems interfering with their education in Santa Fe Public Schools
  56. Santa Fe Public Schools, Nina Otero’s Familias Primero: fostering literacy and critical thinking through engaging hands-on engineering projects connected to literature
  57. Santa Fe Science Initiative, Summer Science 2016 “Stimulating Life Science in your Classroom”: five-day life science professional development institute for 25 K–6 Northern New Mexico teachers
  58. Santa Fe Teen Arts Center, Warehouse 21: comprehensive computer programming class for Santa Fe youth
  59. Self Help, Inc., Children’s Tools for Schools Project: assists K–12 students with school supplies
  60. SHARE New Mexico, Resource Directory for Sandoval County: project with the Sandoval County Health Council and other local nonprofits to develop a directory of early childhood resources
  61. Southwest Film Museum & Education Center: media project about local history in collaboration with Moving Arts Española and La Tierra Montessori
  62. Talpa Community Center Association, Inc.: general operating support for computers, copies, books, dvds, and fax
  63. Taos Jazz Bebop Society, Youth Jazz Education Project: 12 jazz lecture/performances to four Taos K–12 schools
  64. Taos Municipal School District: registration for two adults and three Native American students to attend the Community Builders Youth STEAM and Cultural Conference
  65. Tarnoff Art Center, Traditional Folk Art Education at Pecos National Historic Park: children’s summer Arts In the Parks traditional folk art education project
  66. The Family YMCA, Española YMCA Teen Center: support for year-round student tutoring services
  67. The Family YMCA: support for programs and staff who interact, mentor, and guide youth toward healthy choices and behaviors on a daily basis
  68. The Forest Stewards Guild, Youth Conservation Corps: hiring and training of 46 rural youth in Northern New Mexico to implement conservation projects and provide career training in natural resources
  69. Think New Mexico, Stewart Udall Endowed Leadership Internship: training students how to develop and enact sound public policy
  70. Truchas Services Center, Summer Science and Arts Program: art, science, fun, free lunch, and field trips for children ages 6–12 living in the remote community of Truchas
  71. Turquoise Trail Charter School, Wilson Language Training “Fundations”: program serving students with reading difficulties
  72. University of New Mexico, NM STEM-H Center for Outreach, Research, & Education: sponsorship of 2016 SW Jr. Science & Humanities Symposium awards luncheon, high school student competition, and STEM skills development
  73. Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, Pack 2 School Program: school supplies for students in grades K-8 promoting school readiness, self-esteem, and education
  74. Wildfire Network: continuing educator learning by bringing relevance to hands-on science through the study of ecosystems across Northern New Mexico using trunks and backpacks for classroom and outdoor investigations