2016–2017 Grants Funded

Forty-six organizations applied for grants this year. The Grants Committee had difficulty choosing among all these worthy programs and nonprofits. Twenty-seven have been awarded grants. All these nonprofits are community-based with budgets less than $300,000—most have budgets that are far less. Criteria for applying for a grant are available here.

The total awarded is $50,000. Unfortunately, a major source of funding we hoped to receive has not yet come to fruition. We remain hopeful and committed to raising funds to help community-based organizations that are making a difference in the lives of New Mexico’s children.

Here is a list of our grantees:

Asombro Institute for Science Education, $2000. Las Cruces. Promotes hands-on science activities that develop science literacy and critical thinking skills. Curriculum incorporates science into language arts and math standards.

Assistance League of Chaves County, $3000, Roswell and Chaves County. Operation School Bell provides new school clothes and supplies for children in need from grades K-8th and provides age-appropriate books for these children.

Camp Corazones, $3000, New Mexico. Provides a summer camp at no cost to children age 5 to 12 years with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Cancer Services of New Mexico, $2000, New Mexico. Provides education and support to the children of New Mexico’s cancer patients with Family Cancer Resource Bag to help newly diagnosed parents explain their cancer diagnosis to children and Family Cancer Retreat.

Canones Early Childhood Center, $3000, Canones. Project Literacy Outreach brings early childhood education, child development and early/emergent literacy services to an underserved population of rural, isolated, minority families in northern New Mexico.

Common Bond NM Foundation, $1000, Albuquerque. Supports LGBT youth with a safe environment to meet with diverse activities, guest speakers, and facilitated discussions.

CASA First Judicial District, $1000, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba & Los Alamos Counties. Provides advocacy for abused children in juvenile proceedings and trains volunteers to serve as advocates for children in foster care.

CASA Fourth Judicial District, $2000, San Miguel, Mora & Guadalupe Counties. Provides advocacy for abused children in juvenile proceedings and trains volunteers to serve as advocates for children in foster care.

El Rito Library, $2000. El Rito. Promotes literacy for 2-5 year-old toddlers who come to the library twice a week for different activities that include math, science and story time. The grants also assists in creating a space for pre-teens and teenagers.

Embudo Valley Library/Community Center, $2000, Embudo Valley, Rio Arriba County. Summer reading programs engage youth to establish and meet summer reading goals while events are scheduled throughout summer including field trips, presentations and hands-on activities.

Equine Spirit Sanctuary, $1000, Taos area. Horses Helping Kids combines therapeutic riding and equine-assisted learning to help kids with special needs gain life skills.

Family Promise of Albuquerque, $1000, Albuquerque. Provides safe shelter and basic needs for homeless families with support for finding employment and permanent housing.

Gila Valley Library, $2000, Gila Valley in Northwestern Grant County. Promotes children’s literacy through library programs for youth from 2 years to 12th grade in a large rural area.

Healthy Futures, Inc., $2000, Anthony, Berino, Chaparral, Sunland Park, Southern Dona Ana County. Summer reading program to encourage literacy, raise skills in reading and encourage and motivate parents to become champions for their children’s educational goals.

JudyGails Place, $1000, Los Alamos and New Mexico. Helps families transitioning out of domestic violence by providing services for support and stability for the children.

Keres Children’s Learning Center, $1000, Cochiti. Preschool students experience a culturally and linguistically rich learning environment offered in the Keres language.

Literacy Link—Leamos, $1000. Silver City. Promotes literacy by distributing donated books from publishers to needy children with a totally volunteer operation.

Many Mothers, $2500, Santa Fe County. Provides free, in-home care and support to any Santa Fe family with a newborn to improve the health and development of our youngest residents.

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, $1000, Velarde. Summer Youth Intern Program provides archaeological training and stewardship for local youth at this historical site.

Moving Arts Espanola, $1000, Espanola. Offers affordable quality education in the Fine Arts and Culture with 30 weeks of programming after-school and during the summer.

Ojo Sarco Community Center, $2000, Ojo Sarco-Taos County. Books, activities and music programs for children to promote literacy and summer lunch program.

Self Help, Inc., $1000, Rio Arriba, Taos, Los Alamos and northern Santa Fe, Provides assistance to families with children in need due to lack of shelter, clothing, food & life-saving medical care.

Valencia County Literacy Council, $3000, Los Lunas. Family Literacy Pre-school provides child-centered instruction to develop literacy in children ages birth to 5 years with parents reading daily to their children and staff providing a lending library and numerous educational activities.

Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, $2000, Santa Fe. The Clinic, staffed by volunteers and paid staff, provides integrated children’s medical and dental services for the uninsured.

Wings for LIFE, Albuquerque, $2000, Albuquerque. Educational program changes lives of children of prisoners, at-risk youth, prisoners returning home by strengthening the family unit through group mentoring, parenting classes and tutoring for children.

Wings for LIFE Roswell, $3000. Roswell and surrounding areas. Wings for L.I.F.E. (Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education) provides an afterschool program that promotes positive behaviors to reduce risk-taking behaviors and serves as a prevention program to prevent young children and youth from becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.

Young Fathers of Santa Fe, $2500, Santa Fe. Provides young fathers with support in choosing healthy lifestyles for themselves and their families and assists young fathers in sustaining stable and nurturing relationships that promote their children’s well-being.