Funding and Philanthropy

Action Team Meeting Schedule

Every Tuesday
Dates: April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26 (more dates may be added as needed following the same meeting schedule)
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Action Team Description

This action team is made up of members of the philanthropic community to coordinate rapid and systemic responses to needs across New Mexico and Pueblo/Tribal Communities within New Mexico in ways that are accessible, equitable, and impactful.

Action Team Roster

Funding and Philanthropy

Action Team Resources

Funders Dedicated to COVID-19, Food, Hunger, and Water Relief

Please scroll down the page to see the latest grant advisories.

The New Mexico Community Foundation is New Mexico’s philanthropic partner that is best positioned to identify and respond to needs in the Native American, Pueblo/Tribal communities. Read the press release to learn more. Contact JoAnn Melchor, President & CEO, 505.820.6860 ext. 7000.

Catena Foundation is pleased to participate in efforts to help Native American communities in New Mexico. It is part of the New Mexico Community Foundation funding support for Tribes and Pueblo Communities in New Mexico and surrounding regions in responding to COVID-19. Contact name: Alex DeGolia, adegolia@catenafoundation.com mwight@catenafoundation.com

Chamiza Foundation sent $50,000 in total to all 20 Pueblos. Funding can be used for any issues related to COVID-19; it is up to Tribal Leadership. Amanda Montoya,  executivedirector@chamiza.org. Read their funding profile for more information:  Chamiza Foundation

The Con Alma Foundation’s grants focus is on systemic rather than direct services. They are partnering with other funders to leverage resources towards relief efforts that reach rural and tribal populations, and are supporting efforts that create, strengthen infrastructures or that facilitate awareness of COVID-19 specific wellness webcasts, behavioral health/emotional support hotlines and journalism. Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: Con Alma Foundation

COVID-19 Resources for Native Communities: Visit this funding map developed by Roanhorse Consulting to help inform funding efforts in Native American communities across New Mexico.

First Nations has created the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to swiftly direct financial resources to Native communities on the frontlines of the crisis. They are deploying funds to Navajo Nation and several pueblos and native-led non-profits in NM, and the NM Foundation.Through this fund, donors can support Native communities overall, or donate specifically to the initiative to provide food and water directly to the Navajo Nation and the New Mexico Pueblos. Read the press release.

The Grant Plant, Inc. is deeply concerned about our nonprofit community as we all navigate new challenges in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This webpage is meant to provide grant-related resources for New Mexico nonprofits. It is updated.

The McCune Foundation is considering all relief efforts, however, most of our 2020 funds have been distributed. Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: McCune Funding Profile

New Mexico Association of Grantmakers Grantmaker Resources – Philanthropy’s Response for COVID-19

Sandia Labs is encouraging employee donations for, and awarding funding to, specific efforts/organizations including the UWCNM/Alb Community Fund Emergency Fund, Roadrunner Food Bank, and the Native American Relief Fund. We are opening our regularly scheduled Family Stability grant cycle on April 20 and anticipate that some grant requests will be to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: Sandia National Labs

Sacred Wind Communications Community Connect, Inc. Sacred Wind is pleased to participate in efforts to help Native American communities in New Mexico. An application for funds from our non-profit organization is on our website under the tab “SWC Fund”.

The Santa Fe Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Response Fund to address the critical gaps in services during the unprecedented Corona Virus pandemic.

The Thornburg Foundation is providing funds to existing grantee/awardees who are addressing COVID -19 hunger relief. Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: Thornburg Foundation

United Way of Central New Mexico is providing funds to the general public/501c3s/government. Priority will be given to any 501c3 nonprofit in central New Mexico. However, funding awards can be made elsewhere in the state. Apply: https://albuquerquefoundation.org/emergency-action-fund.aspx. Read their funding profile for more information: United Way of Central New Mexico Funding Profile

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is providing funds to existing grantees that provide relief in NM in rural, tribal and frontier communities.However, they are working with their national office to request additional funds that would contribute to collective efforts/funds (versus specifically for our grantees). Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: W.K. Kellogg Foundation

COVID-19 Giving Guide: How To Donate To Reach The Most Marginalized Learn more about ethical giving practices to marginalized communities.

Grant Advisories

Rural Tribal COVID-19 Response Program Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration

COVID 19: Weekly Grants Advisory, United States Congress, April 13 Weekly Grants Advisory, United States Congress, April 13

COVID 19: Weekly Grants Advisory, United States Congress, April 13 Weekly Grants Advisory, United States Congress, April 13


If you are a funder dedicated to hunger relief and would like to join the Food, Hunger, Water, Agriculture Policy Action Team, please contact Lilly Irvin-Vitela at lilly@nmfirst.org.


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