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Community Outreach Grants

Community Outreach Grants support collective learning and changemaking in the ecosystem of education across Northern New Mexico and the state of New Mexico.

Community Outreach Grants support collective learning and changemaking in the ecosystem of education across Northern New Mexico and the state of New Mexico.

Please Note: all current and previous grantees along with new applicants to our grant opportunities will need to create a new account.


Thank you for your interest. Applications are currently under staff review.

LANL Foundation will award 20 Community Outreach Grants in its 2023 cycle for a total investment of $100,000 across Northern New Mexico.

Grant awards: $5,000

Grant Term: Recipients have two years to spend the funding.

Eligibility: Pueblos, Tribes, Nations, Governmental, and 501(c)3’s with organizational budgets under $500,000. Some Quasi-governmental institutions.

Ineligible Entities:  Religious entities, and public schools and districts, including charter & Tribal schools.

We encourage public schools and districts (including charter and Tribal schools) to apply for our Education Enrichment grants.

Important dates in 2023:

Additional Resources

Please see our review rubric. (coming soon)

Funding Priorities

Please see our review rubric (coming soon)

Please see Our Theory of Change

As you fill out the grant application, you will see that we ask all applicants to help us understand where your work engages with our Theory of Change. You will be asked to select a primary (and secondary) focus area from within our Theory of Change:

  • Capable & Caring Adults
  • Vibrant Opportunities for Learning
  • Whole Child Development
  • Strong Pathways to Careers

We welcome proposals that align with our work and strategic priorities, but most importantly, we want you to propose the work that you see is needed in your communities and schools.  We hope that by sharing our focus areas that you can see what synergies might exist with your work. 

LANL Foundation Focus Areas:   

To give you an idea of the work the LANL Foundation is focusing on, here are the strategic priorities of our different departments: College, Career and Community Pathways (C3P), K-12 Education Enrichment, and Early Childhood (EC). 

Our K-12 work prioritizes:

  • Supporting school and district leaders to strengthen their leadership and create conditions for adults and students to thrive
  • Deepening opportunities for teachers to engage in highly effective professional learning and collaboration opportunities
  • Increasing teacher retention and recruitment of traditionally and alternatively certified teachers

Our College, Career, and Community Pathways work prioritizes:

  • Work-based Learning, including experiences that engage participants in career awareness and exploration, introducing career speakers, or offering job shadowing, paid internships and/or apprenticeships, and developing other innovative approaches to work-based learning.
  •  Integrating employability skills and development of assets, including experiences that provide structured opportunities for participants to identify, develop, and apply their assets and build their career and post-secondary readiness skills (e.g. professionalism, collaboration, communication, problem-solving, technology use, etc.)

Our Early Childhood Education work prioritizes::

  • Educating familiesearly childhood programs, and community leaders to feel empowered, well-informed, and educated in early childhood development and other issues important to them to strengthen the physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being of children, families, and communities in culturally and linguistically responsive, affirming and sustaining ways. 
  • Supporting families to advocate for best practices that foster whole family and child development in schools to increase schools’ readiness and responsiveness to the children and families they serve. 
  • Collaboration between communities, families, and early childhood program educators, leaders, and advocates. 

We look forward to continued conversations and learning alongside you!

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