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2018 Grant Recipients

LANL Foundation offers funding in three categories. 

K-12 Grants   

Small Education Grants   Small Community Grants

2018 K-12 Grant Recipients

  • Audubon New Mexico, Outdoor Educators Collaborative: support for 4th grade life science curriculum, materials, and programming in Santa Fe Schools
  • Communities in Schools of New Mexico, Student Support: school-based, comprehensive wrap-around services designed to remove socio-economic barriers and social-emotional challenges for 5,000 students
  • Community Learning Network, New Mexico TechWorks: Expansion of Tech access and education in Northern New Mexico and support for enterprise and employment statewide
  • Computer Science Teachers Association of New Mexico, Computer Science Alliance: first annual NM Computer Science Professional Development Week for teachers
  • Moving Arts Española, Educational Intervention Programming: expansion of support programs for PreK–12 students in the Española Valley region
  • NACA Inspired Schools Network, Expanding Impact Through Social Emotional Learning Communities: addition of Ernest Stapleton Elementary School to NACA’s Social Emotional Learning Educator Community of Practice
  • New Mexico Consortium, Math Teacher Leader Network: year one of a two-year pilot project intended to build a vibrant network of elementary and middle schools in Northern New Mexico to improve mathematics teaching and learning
  • New Mexico Fund for Women & Girls (NewMexicoWomen.Org), New Mexico Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training: funding and grantwriting workshop offered to 150 partners in collaboration with NM Health Equity Partnership and Chainbreaker Collective
  • New Mexico State University Foundation Inc., New Mexico PREP Middle School/High School Academies: two-week summer academies deliver instruction and hands-on activities that strengthen the pipeline of students in grades 6–12 pursuing science, technology, engineering and math
  • Partners in Education Foundation, STEM Field Trips: activities and transportation for 3,000 students in Santa Fe Public Schools
  • Reading Quest: professional tutoring for at-risk struggling readers and training for Communities in Schools tutors
  • Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute, Heart of Teaching Workshops: program support and scholarships for 80 Northern New Mexico teachers to attend one of two day-long mindfulness trainings
  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Outdoor Educators Collaborative: support for supplemental 3rd grade life science curriculum and programming
  • Santa Fe Watershed Association, Outdoor Educators Collaborative: experiential program curriculum enhancement and teacher training
  • STEM Mentor Collective, Math Circles Professional Development: K–6 teacher training to build math teaching and learning skills
  • Supercomputing Challenge: support for Northern New Mexico students to attend the 28th Annual Expo and Awards Ceremony
  • The Paseo Project, Projecting Particles Workshop: program and activities for students at Taos Pueblo Day School that explores particle physics through projection art

The following are the 2018 grantees that received awards of up to $2,500 in two grantmaking cycles. In some cases, promising programs were supported by larger or multi-year awards (by invitation only).

2018 Small Grant Recipients

Education Grants

Cycle 1

  • A New Normal, Campaign Launch Event: a campaign to engage 500 students in Rio Arriba, Taos and Peñasco in opioid prevention and education
  • Abrazos Family Support Services, Autism After-School Program: funding for educational field trips designed for students in grades 5–9.
  • Academy for Technology and the Classics: summer program for middle and high school female athletes to study literature with an emphasis on female empowerment
  • Bernalillo Public School, Bully Prevention and Intervention: program to provide an alternative to suspension for students with bullying infractions plus education/prevention for all freshmen
  • Bridges Project for Education, College Connections: promotion of increased student awareness of higher education options with progressive college literacy lessons in Taos County
  • Chama Valley Independent School District, Escalante High Schools Building Trades: introduction to carpentry for students in grades 7–10 and building a self-sustaining trades program
  • Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions, Classrooms GO: overnight expedition with  25 Northern New Mexico students who lack the financial resources to learn in the outdoors
  • Embudo Valley Tutoring Association: math and language arts tutoring and dyslexia therapy for vulnerable students in rural Rio Arriba and Taos counties
  • Family YMCA, The, Española YMCA Teen Center: weekly tutorial support program for students
  • Flower Hill Institute, Native Community, Youth and Family Camps: purchase of an Airbeam portable air quality monitor and wildlife camera/tracking equipment for summer Native youth camps
  • Forest Stewards Guild, The, Youth Corps, Job Training for 42 Youth: partnership with United States Forest Service Ranger Districts to hire local youth from nine underserved communities to implement conservation projects that restore forest health, watersheds and wildlife habitat
  • Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library, Comprehensive Computer Programming for Youth: courses for children ages 8–12 and 13–18 introduce hardware, operating systems and programming language with follow-up mini courses
  • Friends of the Taos Charter School, Robotics Fun Leads to Robotics Careers: kits and funding for student robotics coding training for 8th grade robotics club
  • Girls, Inc. of Santa Fe, Operation Smart: materials for hands-on activities and experiments with gardening, bugs and engineering to learn STEM principles
  • May Center for Learning, Santa Fe’s Ready to Read: small-group tutoring in reading for low-income students in grades 2 and 3 at Aspen Community School
  • Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project: bilingual STEM curriculum for students in grade 4–7, field trip opportunities to a petroglyph site and teacher professional development workshop and classroom training
  • Monte del Sol Charter School: trip for 50 juniors to visit Chaco Canyon and learn about the impact of the energy industry on the Four Corners region
  • National Dance Institute of New Mexico (NDI-NM), Dancing to Success in Rio Arriba County: 455 disadvantaged school children in the Española Valley build skills through innovative movement-based learning
  • New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, Taos Gun Violence Prevention Program: art supplies for the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence to reduce and prevent gun violence in Taos County by purchasing gun locks and gas and food cards for a gun buy-back
  • New Mexico Consortium: summer physics camp for young women in Northern New Mexico to consider STEM careers
  • New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Santa Ana Pueblo After-School Program: additional STEM training two days a week that connects students to the outdoors and the cultural traditions of their pueblo
  • Partners in Education, Hands on Heritage Summer Program: a five-week, intensive summer learning experience for students in grades 4–8
  • Questa Youth Sports League, Saving Sports One Athlete at a Time: assistance for student athletes and programs through the purchase of sports equipment
  • Railyard Park Conservancy, Educational Composting Laboratory: outdoor science classroom programming with materials, tools, tool storage and educational signage for the Railyard Park
  • Reading Quest: “Reading is Magic” two-week summer camps to improve reading proficiency for students in Santa Fe Public Schools who are a year or more below grade level
  • Regional Development Corp.: funding for Sundance Educational Consulting for Positive Support for Native American Youth Conference in April, 2018
  • Rising Stars in the Southwest, Inc.: summer leadership camp for Northern New Mexico high school juniors and seniors who have limited access to leadership programs
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Learning Lab Program: program based on community service, personal accountability, specialized academics, teamwork and life-skills development provides a customized and culturally appropriate alternative education to middle and high school students at risk of expulsion from Taos Municipal Schools
  • Santa Fe Indian School, Global Buckets Self-Watering Container Gardens: students tend plants and record observations. Upon harvest seeds are save for future planting, harvest and preservation of plants for class consumption; instructors emphasize use of native language
  • Santa Fe Prep: stipend for science teacher trained in Breakthrough to teach during a six-week enrichment program for high-risk public middle school students in Santa Fe county
  • STEM Santa Fe, Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival: brings together 200 students in grades 7 and 8 from Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico to explore and engage differently in math through activities that encourage collaborative and creative problem solving
  • Taos Municipal Schools: access to computers and a safe place to complete homework for students who are in transition or homeless
  • Taos Municipal Schools, Agricultural, Wetland and Wildlife Restoration: high school students work with the Taos Land Trust to restore a property into an outdoor learning environment tfor all students in grades K–12
  • Truchas Services Center, Summer Science and Art Program: daily science and art activities and a weekly field trip for children ages 6–12 from surrounding communities
  • True Kids I, New Mexico Kids Making Media: educational support for students in grades 9–12 in the Taos County region through media arts education and career-pathway skills development
  • UNM STEM-H, Center for Outreach, Research, & Education: sponsorship of the 2018 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium welcome dinner and awards luncheon where students present scientific oral and written results of research before a judging panel
  • West Las Vegas High School, Bridging the Gap Between Science and English Through Science Fair: purchase of laboratory equipment, reading materials and science fair supplies to increase student participation in the regional science fair

Cycle 2

  • Acequia and Aquifer Water Watchers, Student Documentaryinstruction of junior high and high school students on documentary production to engage them in the Acequia Culture of Northern New Mexico
  • Animal Protection of New Mexico, The Animal Connections: school-based humane education curriculum utilizing registered therapy dog teams and guest speakers in the Santa Fe county public schools to enhance student academics and social factors
  • ARTsmart, ARTreach program15 weeks of comprehensive art education to all 220 students of Dixon and Abiquiu elementary schools
  • Assistance Dogs of the West, Therapeutic Youth Student Trainer Programsprovided at three youth crisis and domestic violence shelters in Santa Fe and Taos, and as a paid work experience program in Taos for teens with disabilities
  • Compassionate Touch Network, Changing the Conversation Around Mental Illness, Suicide, and Stigmapresentation of two, 45-minute interactive lessons on mental illness, suicide, and stigma in middle and high school health classes in Taos, Santa Fe and Española
  • Española Valley Fiber Arts Center: 10-week long program in local fiber arts heritage and culture
  • Friends of the Questa Public Library, Friday Special Programa weekly event focusing on STEAM initiatives
  • Gerard’s House, Grief Education and Supportweekly grief support groups in 11 schools throughout the school year
  • IMPACT Personal Safety dba Resolve, Project PREPARE: Keeping Our Children Safeclasses for youth addressing violence prevention
  • Inquiry Facilitators, Inc.: Integrating Robotics for the Classroom to Teach in Contextproviding 25 robot kits to teams of 2-3 teachers from Northern New Mexico schools interested in starting and/or expanding their current robotics plan
  • Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, Workplace Tutoring Groupsmentors go to worksites to provide small group tutoring to employees of businesses that can benefit from having them speak, read and write English
  • Los Alamos Family Council, Inc., Planning for a Middle School Level Prevention Programreview of all current programming available for this age with recommendations for projects, programs and activities that can be instituted to meet identified prevention needs
  • Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), Youth Mental Health First Aid Facilitator Trainingprogram designed to teach adults that regularly interact with youth how to help when these youths are dealing with mental health, addiction issues and/or in crisis
  • McCurdy Charter School, Next Generation Science Standards Fourth Grande Funpurchase SCITTS science kits to offer the most comprehensive collection of scientific studies kits available
  • New Mexico First, 2018 Higher Education Town Halladvancing town hall recommendations to help students transitioning from high school to community college, university or trade school to aid in helping them succeed in college and career pathways
  • New Mexico Wildlife Center: tailored programs, based on grade level, for classrooms to create a connection with the wildlife and habitats in their home communities and begin to understand their value with conservation
  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Bird Banding Field Tripparticipation of middle-school students from Northern New Mexico in an ongoing scientific study of migratory birds at Bandelier National Monument
  • Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Weekend Horseback Outdoor Adventure for Underserved Studentsweekend of camping hiking, cooking over a campfire and horseback riding at Ghost Ranch for a small, hand-selected cohort of Pojoaque 6th graders in September
  • Peñasco Elementary School, Grow What You Love, Love What You Growpre-school through grade 6 and bilingual/ELL will grow a variety of vegetables in their classroom from seed
  • Regents of UNM, Wild Friends – Santa Fe Schools Supporthands-on education integrating civics with wildlife science serving students in grades 4-12 in primarily underserved communities
  • Rio Arriba County Fair Association,: 4-H and Future Farmers of America youth agricultural livestock projects
  • Rivers and Birds, Inc., Watershed Learning Projecta nine-day program for Questa Schools’ students to understand water conservation issues through field studies
  • Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, Native New Mexican Animal Investigationsinvestigate real environmentally local animal specimens through discovery activities
  • Santa Fe Children’s Museum, Stargazerportable bilingual planetarium to schools throughout northern New Mexico
  • Santa Fe Community Orchestra, Side-by-Sidein-class mentoring with two Santa Fe Public Schools music programs producing and performing two original compositions
  • Santa Fe Public Schools Adelante, Supplies for Successprovide new school clothes to students in need from Pre-K to 12th grade
  • Santa Fe Public Schools Facilities, Outdoor Service Learning Toolkit for Campus Beautification and Water Managementservice learning for students to remedy soil erosion issues, litter problems or garden/landscape upkeep
  • Santa Fe Youth Symphony, Afterschool Music EducationElementary Strings program helping at-risk youth overcome barriers to early childhood music education
  • SITE Santa Fe, Community Engaged Artist Residency Programlinks their exhibitions with arts education activities fostering deep engagement within New Mexico communities
  • Taos Community Foundation, For the Love of Readingtrained volunteers will read to children in Taos Pueblo Day School and Ranchos Elementary Schools in K-3rd grades who are reading below their grade level

Community Grants

Cycle 1

  • Cañones Early Childhood Center, Project Literacy Outreach: implementation of a developmentally appropriate computer/math and age-appropriate literacy outreach project for preschool children living in isolated, impoverished communities in Northern New Mexico
  • Community Learning Network, Women in Technology Awards Ceremony: community event to support and honor outstanding professional women in technology and female high school students from New Mexico
  • Las Cumbres Community Services: targeted trainings and related tools for Conjunto Therapeutic Pre-K Preschool to help teachers effectively support at-risk students
  • Los Alamos Community Foundation: training workshops to benefit local nonprofit organizations in Los Alamos County
  • Los Alamos Senior Organization, Adult Day Care Support: support for adult day expenses for families unable to donate towards the cost of care
  • New Mexico Voices for Children: assistance to host a Kids Count conference to promote child well-being in Northern New Mexico
  • Quality New Mexico, 2018 Learning Summit: two-day best practices learning event for leaders from business, education, government, health care and nonprofit organizations
  • REEL FATHERS, Ltd., Father Care Program: six sessions for 36 men, children and partners at Pojoaque Valley Early Head Start to inspire men to be positively engaged with their children through community programs and events
  • The Samaritan House: pilot program providing job training regularly at a facility to shelter participants training for employment
  • Santa Fe Indian Center, Emergency Assistance Program: financial grants, information, advocacy, and essential items to meet the growing needs of Santa Fe’s Native American families and individuals in crisis
  • Santa Fe Recovery Center: Infant Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder and Treatment of the Dyad training for staff working with mothers who struggle with substance abuse and addiction who have infants age 0–3 years
  • Somos Amigos of Northern New Mexico, Small Home Repairs: purchase of materials for home repairs for low-income individuals and training offered to the volunteers who complete these repairs
  • Taos Adult Learning Center: funding for the expansion of the Taos County Imagination Library, a free book program
  • United Way of Santa Fe County, Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Spanish: purchase of Spanish books to be mailed to families with young children

Cycle 2

  • Breath of My Heart Birthplace, New Facility Grand Openingincrease awareness of Birth Center services in new facility to valley populations
  • Homewise, Financial Literacy Educationclasses supporting individuals and families in increasing their personal financial stability
  • New Mexico Community Foundation, 8th Annual American Indian Community Dayan end-of-summer event celebrating native cultures
  • Pueblo de San Ildefonso Neighborhood Watch: facilitated community discussion centering around social issues that impact the people of the community
  • San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen, Emergency Response for Indigent Familiesassist indigent families that are in crisis situation

See 2017 Grant Recipients