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$61,298 Awarded in 2nd Quarter Education & Community Grants

The LANL Foundation awarded 26 grants totaling $61,298 to support education and community programs in Northern New Mexico during the 2017 second-quarter grantmaking period.

Sixteen programs received $37,000 in Education Outreach funding that directly supports K–12 public school children. An additional 10 Community Outreach Grants totaling $23,798 were awarded to programs aligned with the LANL Foundation’s mission and vision of innovative programming, collaboration, and advocacy for lifelong learning but are not directly tied to K–12 public education. Early childhood, adult learning, or community events are a few focus areas that fall under this category.

Education Grants

Animal Protection of New Mexico, The Animal Connection: implementation of school-based humane education curriculum in five public schools in Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties
ARTsmart, ARTreach: weekly, 24-week comprehensive art education class for 24 weeks taught by highly qualified teachers to all 225 students of Dixon and Abiquiu Elementary schools
Bernalillo Public Schools, STEM Sisters: support opportunities for students to experience and participate in STEM activities such as field trips, STEM competitions, and math festivals
Bridges Project for Education, College Connections: program to guide Taos High School students in grades 8–11 aligning actions in school with post-secondary and life goals
Dual Language Education of New Mexico, Student Leadership Institute 2017: all-day event at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque on November 3 for youth grades 8–12 provides students the opportunity to attend student-lead workshops as a means of reflection, growth, and support toward successful, youth-driven school and community projects
Embudo Valley Library and Community Center, Maker Program: students in grades 4–8 create projects using computational tools, a 3-D printer, Lego robots, and Makey Makey kits under the supervision of a STEM mentor and library staff over 28 sessions, with a community event to present the projects
Española Valley Fiber Arts Center: trainer-led six-week, after-school program for secondary youth in local fiber arts heritage and culture; skill-development in spinning, dyeing, weaving, and embroidery; and development of an installation piece displayed at a show in Santa Fe
Girls Incorporated of Santa Fe, summer camp STEM programming: 120 girls receive 45 hours of programming that incorporates developmentally appropriate, research-based STEM curricula
Hispanic Culture Foundation, Dream Builders: program provides the accessibility of science, technology, engineering, and math by emphasizing these disciplines through traditional Hispanic arts and customs
May Center for Learning: community-based tutors partner with schools to identify students performing below grade level and provide them with two, 90-minute small-group tutoring sessions per week during the academic year
National Dance Institute of New Mexico: at-risk elementary and middle school children in the Española Valley area participate in in-school and after-school educational enrichment for 26–30 weeks with learning and adoption of key academic skills and improvement in fitness through NDI-NM’s methodology using dance and music
New Mexico Indian Affairs Department and Sundance Educational Consulting, Inc., Community Builders Youth Conference II: teams of students, adults, and elders from tribal communities attend the three-day event offering learning opportunities in STEAM and other topics such as architecture, robotics, rocketry, geodesics, native arts and music, and cultural awareness, with a mentor-led project management session for students to plan local conferences
New Mexico Wildlife Center: NMWF and the Chimayó and Abiquiu Boys and Girls Club offer two youth outings to cultivate the next generation of environmental conservationists and create an atmosphere where life experience and cultural knowledge of diverse youth inform their interests in science and technology
Pajarito Environmental Education Center: Northern New Mexico students participate in an ongoing scientific study of migratory birds at Bandelier National Monument allowing them to observe and practice scientific problem-solving skills using the bird banding data
Santa Fe Botanical Garden: 12 members of the Santa Fe Community Educators Network work with a summer recreation camp in Santa Fe to provide enrichment curricula to students
UNM STEM-H Center for Outreach, Research & Education, Southwest Region Junior Science and Humanities Symposia: event includes an oral/written competition where high school students present results of research before judging panels; participate in a forum honoring achievement in STEM; qualify for scholarships/recognition; and explore careers and develop skills in the application of science technology, engineering, math, and health

Community Grants

Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum: three programs for 60 child/caregivers in early childhood experiential science in collaboration with local libraries
Family Learning Center, STEM for Preschoolers: teachers provide a weekly science experiment for 36 weeks sent home for each child and parents to repeat, building science skills and vocabulary
Gerard’s House: age-appropriate, peer grief group support sessions throughout the school year in Santa Fe Public Schools
IMPACT Personal Safety, Project PREPARE: school day or after-school classes for youth that address aspects of violence prevention including boundary-setting, anti-bias, anti-bullying, de-escalation, and verbal or physical self-defense skills in collaboration with public schools and Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council
Interfaith LEAP, Sangre de Cristo House: program to raise residents’ GED scores by increasing access to computers, classroom materials, and curriculum, with the goal of improving comprehension, test-taking skills, and computer proficiency
MAKE Santa Fe: 12-week (four 3.5 hour sessions) pilot program in partnership with YouthWorks! offers instruction and lab time with experts at Make Santa Fe, focusing on additive and  subtractive manufacturing, computer numerical control basics, electronics, and certification in digital fabrication, making, and manufacturing
Many Mothers: baby boxes, safe sleep instruction, educational materials, and supportive in-home visitation services for families in Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe counties, with community behavioral and mental health service referrals
Rio Arriba County Fair Association: supports 4-H and Future Farmers of America agricultural livestock projects where youth raise animals and learn anatomy in preparation for showing and competing at the county fair and Expo NM
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Learning Lab: program based on community service, personal accountability, specialized academics, teamwork, and life-skills development provides a customized and culturally appropriate alternative education to high school and middle school students at risk of expulsion from Taos Municipal Schools
Santa Fe Community College Foundation: support for the transfer of the First Born® home visiting program model and curriculum to Santa Fe Community College

Public school districts, nonprofit New Mexico educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies, and Pueblo/Tribal communities serving the Northern New Mexico counties of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, or Taos are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2500.

Application and instructions may be found online at Grant proposals are accepted quarterly. The deadline for third quarter funding is August 15.

For more information, contact Susanne Miller at 505-753-8890 or