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The following are our 2018 grantees who received awards of up to $2,500. In some cases, promising programs were supported by larger or multi-year awards (by invitation only).

2018 Cycle 2 Grant Recipients

In the second half of the year, 36 programs were awarded grants totaling $87,851.50.

Education Grants

  1. Acequia and Aquifer Water Watchers, Student Documentaryinstruction of junior high and high school students on documentary production to engage them in the Acequia Culture of Northern New Mexico
  2. Animal Protection of New Mexico, The Animal Connections: school-based humane education curriculum utilizing registered therapy dog teams and guest speakers in the Santa Fe county public schools to enhance student academics and social factors
  3. ARTsmart, ARTreach program15 weeks of comprehensive art education to all 220 students of Dixon and Abiquiu elementary schools
  4. Assistance Dogs of the West, Therapeutic Youth Student Trainer Programsprovided at three youth crisis and domestic violence shelters in Santa Fe and Taos, and as a paid work experience program in Taos for teens with disabilities
  5. Compassionate Touch Network, Changing the Conversation Around Mental Illness, Suicide, and Stigmapresentation of two, 45-minute interactive lessons on mental illness, suicide, and stigma in middle and high school health classes in Taos, Santa Fe, and Española
  6. Española Valley Fiber Arts Center: 10-week long program in local fiber arts heritage and culture
  7. Friends of the Questa Public Library, Friday Special Programa weekly event focusing on STEAM initiatives
  8. Gerard’s House, Grief Education and Supportweekly grief support groups in 11 schools throughout the school year
  9. IMPACT Personal Safety dba Resolve, Project PREPARE: Keeping Our Children Safeclasses for youth addressing violence prevention
  10. Inquiry Facilitators, Inc.: Integrating Robotics for the Classroom to Teach in Contextproviding 25 robot kits to teams of 2-3 teachers from Northern New Mexico schools interested in starting and/or expanding their current robotics plan
  11. Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, Workplace Tutoring Groupsmentors go to worksites to provide small group tutoring to employees of businesses that can benefit from having them speak, read and write English
  12. Los Alamos Family Council, Inc., Planning for a Middle School Level Prevention Programreview of all current programming available for this age with recommendations for projects, programs and activities that can be instituted to meet identified prevention needs
  13. Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), Youth Mental Health First Aid Facilitator Trainingprogram designed to teach the adults that regularly interact with youth with how to help when these youths are dealing with mental health, addiction issues, and/or in crisis
  14. McCurdy Charter School, Next Generation Science Standards Fourth Grande Funpurchase SCITTS science kits to offer the most comprehensive collection of scientific studies kits available
  15. New Mexico First, 2018 Higher Education Town Halladvancing town hall recommendations to help students transitioning from high school to community college, university or trade school to aid in helping them succeed in college and career pathways
  16. New Mexico Wildlife Center: tailored programs, based on grade level, for classrooms to create a connection with the wildlife and habitats in their home communities and begin to understand their value with conservation
  17. Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Bird Banding Field Tripparticipation of middle-school students from Northern New Mexico in an ongoing scientific study of migratory birds at Bandelier National Monument
  18. Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Weekend Horseback Outdoor Adventure for Underserved 6th Gradersweekend of camping hiking, cooking over a campfire, and horseback riding at Ghost Ranch for a small, hand-selected cohort of Pojoaque 6th graders in September
  19. Peñasco Elementary School, Grow What You Love, Love What You Growpre-school to 6th grade and bilingual/ELL will grow a variety of vegetables in their classroom from seed
  20. Regents of UNM, Wild Friends – Santa Fe Schools Supporthands-on education integrating civics with wildlife science serving students in grades 4-12 in primarily underserved communities
  21. Rio Arriba County Fair Association,: 4-H and FFA youth agricultural livestock projects
  22. Rivers and Birds, Inc., Watershed Learning Projecta nine-day program for Questa Schools’ students to understand water conservation issues through field studies
  23. Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, Native New Mexican Animal Investigationsinvestigate real environmentally local animal specimens through discovery activities
  24. Santa Fe Children’s Museum, Stargazerportable bilingual planetarium to schools throughout northern New Mexico
  25. Santa Fe Community Orchestra, Side-by-Sidein-class mentoring with two SFPS music programs producing and performing two original compositions
  26. Santa Fe Public Schools Adelante, Supplies for Successprovide new school clothes to students in need from Pre-K to 12th grade
  27. Santa Fe Public Schools Facilities, Outdoor Service Learning Toolkit for Campus Beautification and Water Managementservice learning for students to remedy soil erosion issues, litter problems or garden/landscape upkeep
  28. Santa Fe Youth Symphony, Afterschool Music EducationElementary Strings program helping at-risk youth overcome barriers to early childhood music education
  29. SITE Santa Fe, Community Engaged Artist Residency Programlinks their exhibitions with arts education activities fostering deep engagement within New Mexico communities
  30. Taos Community Foundation, For the Love of Readingtrained volunteers will read to children in Taos Pueblo Day School and Ranchos Elementary Schools in K-3rd grades who are reading below their grade level

Community Grants

  1. Breath of My Heart Birthplace, New Facility Grand Openingincrease awareness of Birth Center services in new facility to valley populations
  2. Homewise, Financial Literacy Educationclasses supporting individuals and families in increasing their personal financial stability
  3. New Mexico Community Foundation, 8th Annual American Indian Community Dayan end-of-summer event celebrating native cultures
  4. Pueblo de San Ildefonso Neighborhood Watch: facilitated community discussion centering around social issues that impact the people of the community
  5. San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen, Emergency Response for Indigent Familiesassist indigent families that are in crisis situations


2018 Cycle 1 Grant Recipients

In the first half of the year, 51 programs were awarded grants totaling $127,700.

Education Grants

  1. A New Normal, Campaign Launch Event: a campaign to engage 500 students in Rio Arriba, Taos, and Peñasco in opioid prevention and education
  2. Abrazos Family Support Services, Autism After-School Program: funding for educational field trips designed for students in grades 5–9.
  3. Academy for Technology and the Classics: summer program for middle and high school female athletes to study literature with an emphasis on female empowerment
  4. Bernalillo Public School, Bully Prevention and Intervention: program to provide an alternative to suspension for students with bullying infractions plus education/prevention for all freshmen
  5. Bridges Project for Education, College Connections: promotion of increased student awareness of higher education options with progressive college literacy lessons in Taos County
  6. Chama Valley Independent School District, Escalante High Schools Building Trades: introduction to carpentry for students in grades 7–10 and building a self-sustaining trades program
  7. Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions, Classrooms GO: overnight expedition with  25 Northern New Mexico students who lack the financial resources to learn in the outdoors
  8. Embudo Valley Tutoring Association: math and language arts tutoring and dyslexia therapy for vulnerable students in rural Rio Arriba and Taos counties
  9. Family YMCA, The, Española YMCA Teen Center: weekly tutorial support program for students
  10. Flower Hill Institute, Native Community, Youth and Family Camps: purchase of an Airbeam portable air quality monitor and wildlife camera/tracking equipment for summer Native youth camps
  11. Forest Stewards Guild, The, Youth Corps, Job Training for 42 Youth: partnership with United States Forest Service Ranger Districts to hire local youth from nine underserved communities to implement conservation projects that restore forest health, watersheds and wildlife habitat
  12. Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, Comprehensive Computer Programming for Youth: courses for children ages 8–12 and 13–18 introduce hardware, operating systems, and programming language with follow-up mini courses
  13. Friends of the Taos Charter School, Robotics Fun Leads to Robotics Careers: kits and funding for student robotics coding training for 8th grade robotics club
  14. Girls, Inc. of Santa Fe, Operation Smart: materials for hands-on activities and experiments with gardening, bugs, and engineering to learn STEM principles
  15. May Center for Learning, Santa Fe’s Ready to Read: small-group tutoring in reading for low-income students in grades 2 and 3 at Aspen Community School
  16. Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project: bilingual STEM curriculum for students in grade 4–7, field trip opportunities to a petroglyph site, and teacher professional development workshop and classroom training
  17. Monte del Sol Charter School: trip for 50 juniors to visit Chaco Canyon and learn about the impact of the energy industry on the Four Corners region
  18. National Dance Institute of New Mexico (NDI-NM), Dancing to Success in Rio Arriba County: 455 disadvantaged school children in the Española Valley build skills through innovative movement-based learning
  19. New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, Taos Gun Violence Prevention Program: art supplies for the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence to reduce and prevent gun violence in Taos County by purchasing gun locks and gas and food cards for a gun buy-back
  20. New Mexico Consortium: summer physics camp for young women in Northern New Mexico to consider STEM careers
  21. New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Santa Ana Pueblo After-School Program: additional STEM training two days a week that connects students to the outdoors and the cultural traditions of their pueblo
  22. Partners in Education, Hands on Heritage Summer Program: a five-week, intensive summer learning experience for students in grades 4–8
  23. Questa Youth Sports League, Saving Sports One Athlete at a Time: assistance for student athletes and programs throguh the purchase of sports equipment
  24. Railyard Park Conservancy, Educational Composting Laboratory: outdoor science classroom programming with materials, tools, tool storage, and educational signage for the Railyard Park
  25. Reading Quest: “Reading is Magic” two-week summer camps to improve reading proficiency for students in Santa Fe Public Schools who are a year or more below grade level
  26. Regional Development Corp.: funding for Sundance Educational Consulting for Positive Support for Native American Youth Conference in April, 2018
  27. Rising Stars in the Southwest, Inc.: summer leadership camp for Northern New Mexico high school juniors and seniors who have limited access to leadership programs
  28. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Learning Lab Program: program based on community service, personal accountability, specialized academics, teamwork, and life-skills development provides a customized and culturally appropriate alternative education to middle and high school students at risk of expulsion from Taos Municipal Schools
  29. Santa Fe Indian School, Global Buckets Self-Watering Container Gardens: students tend plants and record observations, upon harvest seeds are save for future planting, harvest and preservation of plants for class consumption; instructors emphasize use of native language
  30. Santa Fe Prep: stipend for science teacher trained in Breakthrough to teach during a six-week enrichment program for high-risk public middle school students in Santa Fe county
  31. STEM Santa Fe, Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival: brings together 200 students in grades 7 and 8 from Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico to explore and engage differently in math through activities that encourage collaborative and creative problem solving
  32. Taos Municipal Schools: access to computers and a safe place to complete homework for students who are in transition or homeless
  33. Taos Municipal Schools, Agricultural, Wetland and Wildlife Restoration: high school students work with the Taos Land Trust to restore a property into an outdoor learning environment tfor all students in grades K–12
  34. Truchas Services Center, Summer Science and Art Program: daily science and art activities and a weekly field trip for children ages 6–12 from surrounding communities
  35. True Kids I, New Mexico Kids Making Media: educational support for students in grades 9–12 in the Taos County region through media arts education and career-pathway skills development
  36. UNM STEM-H, Center for Outreach, Research, & Education: sponsorship of the 2018 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium welcome dinner and awards luncheon where students present scientific oral and written results of research before a judging panel
  37. West Las Vegas High School, Bridging the Gap Between Science and English Through Science Fair: purchase of laboratory equipment, reading materials, and science fair supplies to increase student participation in the regional science fair

Community Grants

  1. Cañones Early Childhood Center, Project Literacy Outreach: implementation of a developmentally appropriate computer/math and age-appropriate literacy outreach project for preschool children living in isolated, impoverished communities in Northern New Mexico
  2. Community Learning Network, Women in Technology Awards Ceremony: community event to support and honor outstanding professional women in technology and female high school students from New Mexico
  3. Las Cumbres Community Services: targeted trainings and related tools for Conjunto Therapeutic Pre-K Preschool to help teachers effectively support at-risk students
  4. Los Alamos Community Foundation: training workshops to benefit local nonprofit organizations in Los Alamos County
  5. Los Alamos Senior Organization, Adult Day Care Support: support for adult day expenses for families unable to donate towards the cost of care
  6. New Mexico Voice for Children: assistance to host a Kids Count conference to promote child well-being in Northern New Mexico
  7. Quality New Mexico, 2018 Learning Summit: two-day, best practices learning event for leaders from business, education, government, health care, and nonprofit organizations
  8. REEL FATHERS, Ltd., Father Care Program: six sessions for 36 men, children, and partners at Pojoaque Valley Early Head Start to inspire men to be positively engaged with their children through community programs and events
  9. The Samaritan House: pilot program providing job training regularly at a facility to shelter participants training for employment
  10. Santa Fe Indian Center, Emergency Assistance Program: financial grants, information, advocacy, and essential items to meet the growing needs of Santa Fe’s Native American families and individuals in crisis
  11. Santa Fe Recovery Center: Infant Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder and Treatment of the Dyad training for staff working with mothers who struggle with substance abuse and addiction who also have infants age 0–3 years
  12. Somos Amigos of Northern New Mexico, Small Home Repairs: purchase of materials for home repairs for low-income individuals and training offered to the volunteers who complete these repairs
  13. Taos Adult Learning Center: funding for the expansion of the Taos County Imagination Library, a free book program
  14. United Way of Santa Fe County, Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Spanish: purchase of Spanish books to be mailed to families with young children



See 2017 Grant Recipients