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LANL Foundation Supports K-12 Education with $360,000 in Grants for Northern New Mexico

Funding supports programs and initiatives in the five focus areas of 1) Advocacy, 2) College, Career & Community Pathways, 3) Growing and Supporting Teachers & Educational Leaders, 4) Social-Emotional & Neurosequential Learning, and 5) STEAM

ESPANOLA (November 19, 2020) – LANL Foundation is excited to announce it recently awarded $360,000 in grants to 19 schools, educational institutions, Tribal communities, and non-profit organizations across northern New Mexico to deliver programs supporting K-12 education. 

LANL Foundation distributed its largest competitive round of funding to-date to support  pioneering New Mexico’s evolving learning frontier in the strategic focus areas of Social-Emotional and Neurosequential Learning, Growing and Supporting Teachers and Educational Leaders, College, Career & Community Pathways, STEAM, and Advocacy. 

“LANL Foundation is focused on driving positive, systemic change in these categories, and we’re excited to learn from and with our grantees as they provide students continued access to excellent educational opportunities in the region,” said Mike Dabrieo, Education Enrichment Director. “The commitment and compassionate pursuit of educational excellence from all of our applicants and awardees is humbling.  There is amazing work happening in education in Northern New Mexico, and these grants are a piece of the puzzle in moving that work forward.”

Funded programs include teacher professional development, youth leadership programming, distance learning support, tutoring programs, environmental education opportunities, and college and career pathway supports, among others.

Sylvan Argo, Grants Manager at LANL Foundation added “It was a difficult and competitive selection process, and while we were only able to award these 19 grants, we celebrate ALL the applicants. I am inspired by the depth and breadth of experience in the dedicated staff, creative collaborations and partnerships, and the vision that each of the applicants in this cycle has for students, teachers, and the landscape of education.”

LANL Foundation plans to continue supporting its 2020 Education Enrichment Grantees additionally beyond the grant dollar through a new Grantee Cohort model, through which the Foundation will offer networking, training, workshops, and other informal learning and connection opportunities throughout the coming year.

Jenny Parks, CEO of LANL Foundation shared her enthusiasm for the Grants program in support of their newest grantees, “We are pleased to announce our 2020 Education Enrichment grantees.  All of the grantee applications we received overwhelmingly showed the resilience and creativity that the non-profits, schools, and tribes in our region possess navigating this difficult time while also tirelessly delivering on their mission and purpose. Their applications and their dedication inspired all of us and their great work will continue to serve as a “hand up” to our communities during this time. We are grateful to these remarkable entities for all that they do.”

For a full list of 2020 Education Enrichment Grantees, list here. CLICK HERE