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2019 Grant Recipients

LANL Foundation offers funding in three categories. 

K-12 Grants   

Small Education Grants   Small Community Grants


The following are 2019 grantees in the two grantmaking cycles that received awards of up to $2,500. 

2019 Cycle 2 Education and Community Outreach Grant Recipients

In the second half of the year, 39 programs were awarded small grants totaling $94,309.30

Education Grants

24 grants totaling $56,921.30

  • ARTsmart, ARTreach: art education program in Dixon and Abiquiu Elementary schools
  • Atalaya Elementary, Bridging the Past With the Future – The Art of Storytelling: story gathering/telling program connecting second-grade students with community elders
  • Community Against Violence, Supporting Student Learning Through Violence Prevention: age-appropriate violence prevention programs for elementary, middle and high school students in Taos
  • Dixon Community Fire Department, Aaron Griego Junior Cadet Program: service learning and training program engaging young people in long-term volunteer service to their community
  • Embudo Valley Tutoring Association, In-School Tutoring Support for At-Risk Students: individualized academic tutoring and mentoring for students at Velarde Elementary School
  • Española Public Schools, James H. Rodriguez Elementary Robotics Z: purchase of Sphero BOLT app-enabled robots and iPads for 33 students
  • Española Valley Public Schools, Girls in STEM Are Girls Who Code: purchase of Raspberry Pi computer platform building kits, monitors and keyboards for 10 students
  • Family Strengths Network, STEM Adventures: community STEM learning events for children and families
  • Girls Inc. of Santa Fe, Operation SMART (Science, Math, and Relevant Technology): girls program focused on equity, exploration and empowerment with coding and environmental science projects and meetings with local female STEM professionals in related careers
  • Hands-On Heritage, Exploring New Mexico’s Lands and    Cultures: experiential summer program for students in grades 4–8, focused on Northern New Mexico geography, history and culture
  • Hopecam Inc, Give Hope, Get Connected: technology connecting children from Santa Fe to their classrooms during cancer treatment
  • IMPACT Personal Safety, Project PREPARE: Keeping Our Children Safe: violence prevention programs for youth in Santa Fe, San Miguel and Rio Arriba Counties in collaboration with schools and community organizations
  • Jemez Mountain Schools, Lexia Software for Struggling Readers: dyslexia and reading disability intervention for students in grades 3–8
  • Jemez Valley Public Schools, Monitoring Aquatic Ecosystems: project-based learning for middle and high school students using sensors/probes to monitor water quality parameters at Abiquiu Lake and Rio Chama
  • McCurdy Schools of Northern New Mexico, Project Cariño: therapeutic services to support behavioral health needs of students
  • Pojoaque Middle School, Saturday Math School: two New Mexico state-certified teachers instruct two six-week sessions, each serving 30 students
  • Pojoaque Valley Schools, Band Boot Camp for High School Band: instrument repair technicians and small group and individual lessons for 40 students in the Pojoaque Valley High School Symphonic Band
  • SOMOS, Young Writers Program: written and spoken word self-expression opportunities and mentoring for youth ages 10–19 in seven middle and high schools in Taos County and at three at-risk support organizations
  • Santa Clara Pueblo, Kha’p’o Community School STEM After School Enrichment Programrobotics materials and staff stipends to support an afterschool STEM program for 20 students
  • Santa Fe Conservation Trust, Passport to Trails Field Trips: field trips to local trails for southside Santa Fe elementary school students
  • Santa Fe Indian School, Exploding Dots Teacher Workshop: teacher stipends and snacks for a Coalition of Educators for Native American Children (CENAC) workshop that offers teachers a new and culturally relevant method for teaching mathematics
  • Santa Fe Opera, Arts Integration Professional Development Workshops: free experiential workshops for teachers and administrators in Santa Fe Public Schools, with a goal to improve pedagogy and raise student achievement through adopting and applying arts integration strategies into core classroom curricula
  • Taos Joy of Reading: website development and purchase of culturally sensitive books for students to build home libraries
  • Tierra Amarilla Elementary School, Math Investigations for ALL!: K–5 math curriculum to develop students’ number sense through inquiry processes

Community Grants

15 grants totaling $37,388

  • Cancer Foundation for New Mexico, Travel to Treatment: 10,000 miles of travel reimbursement for low-income Northern New Mexicans to start and complete cancer treatment
  • Early Learning Preschool (ELP), ELP Technology Upgrade: purchase of a desktop computer and educational materials to enhance a pre-K STEAM program
  • Golden Willow Retreat, Inc: scholarships for 12 Northern New Mexican individuals and families to attend a “Loss of a Child” or “Loss of a Loved One” weekend workshop
  • HEART of Taos, HEART House: emergency housing for 15 women and children experiencing homelessness in Taos
  • Homewise, Financial Literacy Education: bilingual financial literacy training program to help families build financial capabilities such as budgeting, reducing debt, improving credit and increasing savings
  • Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, Workplace Tutoring Program: tutoring for small groups of employees, focusing on English as a second language including speaking, writing and reading
  • Luciente, Inc., Prosperity Kids Abiquiu: Tangible Hope for the Future: creation of child saving accounts and emergency savings accounts for children and families enrolled in Abiquiu Head Start
  • NM Suicide Intervention Project, Inc., Bilingual/Bicultural Master’s Level Internship Training: bilingual supervision for graduate social work interns preparing to support Spanish speaking families
  • North American Digital Fabrication Alliance, New Collar Workforce Summit: sponsorship for 12 administrators and instructors to attend the National Governors Association “Future Workforce Now” ideation Summit in Santa Fe
  • Northern New Mexico College Foundation, Develop and Support Multicultural Student Clubs at NNMC: pilot project to create an African American student organization and support for the existing American Indian Student Organization
  • Rio Arriba County Fair, Planning and Production: support for 4-H/FFA projects providing youth and families opportunities to learn new skills, gain knowledge and make contributions in environmental education and community service
  • Rio Arriba Imagination Library, Dolly Parton Imagination Library: sponsorship of monthly age-appropriate books for 100 Rio Arriba County 0–5-year-olds for one year, with the goal to increase preschool children’s exposure to books, being read to and reading readiness activities in preparation for school and lifelong learning
  • San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen, Community Leaders Emergency Services for Indigent Families: stipends, referrals and home visits to assist at-risk people in Rio Arriba County from becoming homeless or displaced
  • Taos County Imagination Library, Dolly Parton Imagination Library: sponsorship of monthly age-appropriate books for Taos County 0–5-year-olds, with the goal to increase preschool children’s exposure to books, reading and literacy-building activities in preparation for kindergarten and lifelong learning
  • Taos Elders and Neighbors Together, Extending Our Reach: sponsorship of paid memberships and recruitment of volunteers, especially in the Hispanic and Native American communities, providing support services for elders to live comfortable, independent and dignified lives

2019 Cycle 1 Education & Community Outreach Grant Recipients

In the first half of the year, 51 programs were awarded grants totaling $121,263.31

Education Grants

32 grants totaling $74,937.31
  1. Acequia Madre Elementary School, STEM Education in the Natural World: 26 handheld microscopes and curriculum to supplement STEM education in a weekly garden class
  2. Algodones Elementary School, School Based Explora Experience: hands-on classroom science experiences for elementary students and two parent/family nights
  3. Anansi Day School, Anansi Charter School Robotics Program: Sphero Robots and STEAM activities including coding and access to robotics competitions for students in grades 5–8.
  4. Arroyos Del Norte Elementary School, Expanding K–5 STEAM Lab: robotics equipment and a library of science and engineering texts based on the Next Generation Science Standards to support hands-on learning for students
  5. Bernalillo Middle School, Outdoor Learning Garden and Science Center: hands-on learning through gardening in all academic disciplines including sciences, math, and language arts
  6. College Horizons, College, Career, Culture & Community Project at Bernalillo High School: culturally responsive college and career readiness curriculum for Native American students in grades 7–12, in collaboration with the seven central Pueblos
  7. Community for Kids, Educational Field Trip to the Grand Canyon: experiential program including hiking, camping, and field research to supplement and enhance the Inquiry Science Education Consortium curriculum and kit for students in grades 5 and 6
  8. Compassionate Touch Network, Breaking the Silence—NM Changes the Conversation About Mental Illness: interactive presentations in middle and high school health classes in Taos, Peñasco, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe on mental illness, suicide, and stigma
  9. Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), Hands-On Science Education, Youth Development and Community Asset Awards: science activities and demonstrations for elementary students in classrooms and at the Los Alamos Science Fest and Bradbury Science Museum, with youth leadership development and annual community awards ceremony to recognize volunteers and contributions to improve the community and world
  10. Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, Inc, Tribal Youth Environmental Summer Camp: a holistic, hands-on experience for high school students with a focus on scientific methods used in environmental science-related jobs and activities exploring cultural significance of the students’ location and environmental issues in their communities
  11. Elevate Santa Fe, Elevate Kids—Developing a Growth Mindset: an enrichment program for elementary students that uses indoor rock climbing to teach life skills and incorporate physical challenges with classroom concepts
  12. El Rito Public Library, Youth STEM Exploration of Our Watershed: Saturday STEM program promoting observation, description, and modeling of local phenomena with a focus on projects that characterize El Rito Creek’s aquatic micro-organisms and create a 3D model of Sapawe prehistoric Pueblo ruin
  13. Escalante High School, Lobos in the Garden: creation of an outdoor learning space for applied science activities including a garden, ramada, and composting area
  14. Flower Hill Institute, Four Elements Native Youth Summer Camps: camps at Jemez Pueblo educate and engage Native American youth in stewardship of Tribal lands, protection of water, honoring of fire, and preservation of clean air while incorporating STEM and traditional cultural
  15. Jemez Mountain School District—Lybrook School, Technology Resources: blended-learning resources that provide engaging materials for differentiated student instruction and offer teachers opportunities to personalize student intervention and enrichment
  16. Localogy, Universal Elements—Intersecting Science and Art Education: integrated science and art education program in Questa, Costilla, and Red River offering hands-on, multi-sensory, grade-appropriate enrichment activities
  17. Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, Giving LAHS Students a Voice in Improving Their Education: creation of two opportunities where students write grant applications and receive teacher mentorship to implement their ideas
  18. Los Alamos Women in Science (New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering), STEM Conference for Girls: Northern New Mexico Expanding Your Horizons conference for girls in grades 5–8 offering hands-on workshops in STEM such as cryptography, earthquakes, water resources, robots, DNA, light and lasers, engineering, and veterinary science
  19. Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project: bilingual STEM curriculum for students, field trips to a petroglyph site, and teacher professional development workshop and classroom training
  20. Millicent Rogers Museum, Teen Art Show and Summer Drawing Classes: summer art instruction and show of work for teens in Taos
  21. National Dance Institute of New Mexico (NDI-NM), Dancing to Success in Rio Arriba County: school-aged children build skills for academic success and good health through innovative, movement-based learning
  22. National Ghost Ranch Foundation, Ghost Ranch Spring 2019 STEAM Camp—Earth to Herb: a one-day STEAM camp incorporating geology, herbal medicine, and botanical drawing
  23. New Mexico Consortium, 2019 Summer Physics Camp for Young Women in Northern New Mexico: two-week summer physics camp at Pojoaque Valley High School for high school women including lectures, hands-on experiments, and tours of LANL and NMC biolab led by female scientist role models
  24. New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Teenage Orienteering Course: trainings in the Jemez and Santa Fe Mountains to teach at-risk teens problem solving and life skills through use of orienteering compasses and nature
  25. Peaceful Project, Freedom to Be You: social, emotional learning program for teen girls with sessions that explore a range of topics designed to develop skills to handle peer pressure and mistakes, as well as build positive relationships and assertively set boundaries
  26. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Learning Lab Program: youth program based on community service, personal accountability, specialized academics, teamwork, and life-skills development that provides a customized and culturally appropriate alternative education to middle and high school students at risk of expulsion from Taos Municipal Schools
  27. Roots & Wings Community School, Staff Wilderness First Responder Training: certification training for personnel to support backcountry field trips with students
  28. Soulful Presence, Leadership Camp for Youth with Disabilities: three-day camp for youth with disabilities and their parents/guardians that emphasizes self-advocacy skills and abuse prevention
  29. Sundance Educational Consulting, Educational Conference: resources, education, and materials to support student learning in STEAM, reading, performing arts, culture, and wellness for Native American parents, staff, students, and other community members
  30. Taos Adaptive Outdoor Sports, Inc, Equine Therapy Education Project: education by PATH-certified trainers to allow TAOS staff to offer equine therapy to persons with disabilities and support other horse therapy programs in Northern New Mexico
  31. Truchas Services Center, Summer Science and Arts Program for Youth: summer program offering daily science and art activities, weekly field trips to cultural destinations, martial arts, and classes in healthy eating and animal care
  32. Wood Gormley Middle School, Tall Box Tales—A Pop-Up Illuminated Garden: creation of multi-tiered, 3D, illuminated sculptures using art materials and electronic circuits culminating in a school-wide community arts and science exhibition with demonstrations of student-directed robotics

Community Grants

19 grants totaling $46,326
  1. Abrazos Family Support, Pre-School Readiness Program: early-intervention program and tactile learning toys for toddlers with developmental disabilities and their caregivers
  2. Bienvenidos Outreach, Inc, Smart Breakfasts = Smart Kids Program: ongoing nutritious breakfast foods and snacks for at-risk school-aged children and food sacks for families twice per month
  3. Big Brother Big Sisters, Jump Start Community-Based Mentoring Program: expansion from a school-based to community-based mentoring program with recruitment of volunteers to be matched with children outside of school
  4. Cañones Early Childhood Center, Project Literacy Outreach: research-based math and science programming and age-appropriate computer literacy experiences for preschool children
  5. Española Lowrider Museum, Lowrider Historical Coloring Book: creation and printing of 300 copies of a historically and culturally educational reading/coloring book emphasizing a timeline of the lowrider at distinctive Northern New Mexico locations
  6. Explora Science Center & Children’s Museum, Early Childhood Experiential Science: early childhood, inter-generational science and literacy program offered at Taos County schools and libraries to help families develop a lifelong love of learning
  7. Interfaith Community Shelter Group, Inc, Women’s Summer Safe Haven: sheltering program for women and children offered when seasonal winter night shelter is closed, plus access to needed services that promote self-reliance and a transition to stable housing
  8. New Mexico Now, Universal Pre-K for New Mexico: education for parents and caregivers on the need for Pre-K programming as well as supportive access to Pre-K services in San Miguel County
  9. New Mexico Rural Library Initiative, Developing a Roadmap for Capacity Building and Establishment of Rural Libraries: guidelines for new libraries and capacity building for existing libraries, in collaboration with the NM State Library
  10. May Center for Learning, Dyslexia Justice League: adult mentorship and advocacy opportunities for dyslexic youth, understanding of dyslexia among teachers and parents, collaborative student art projects, and a yearly conference that promotes growth mindset and pride in self
  11. Questa Creative Council, Questa Area Community Art Enhancement Projects: artist programs with projects to enhance the Village of Questa and community through art installations, education, historic and cultural preservation, music appreciation, and environmental engagement
  12. Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program: recruitment, training, and matching of community volunteers to adults with literacy needs and students learning English as a Second Language
  13. Roadrunner Food Bank, Childhood Hunger Initiative: food distribution to Sandoval County schools to alleviate student hunger, improve student wellbeing, and support academic process through mobile, in-school, and summer pantries, plus weekend backpacks
  14. Sandoval County CASA, Inc, Child Advocate Training for CASA Volunteers: new volunteer training and in-service sessions for current volunteers on educational advocacy, compassion fatigue, and legislative changes including the Indian Child Welfare Act
  15. Santa Fe Indian Center, Emergency Assistance Program: resource center for families and individuals of Santa Fe’s Native American community, offering financial grants, information, advocacy, and essential items to those in extreme financial crisis
  16. Santa Fe Recovery Center, Trauma Informed and Cultural Competency Supervision for Infant/Parent Behavioral Health: training for staff working with new mothers who struggle with substance abuse addiction
  17. Santa Fe Dreamers Project, Family Unity Program: free legal representation for immigrant families with a focus on citizen cases
  18. Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Take Action! Protect our Youth through Sexual Violence Prevention: community education on sexual violence prevention for youth, parents, and caregivers using content focused on consent, navigating digital age relationships, healthy masculinity, and empowerment for young women
  19. United Way of Santa Fe County, Dolly Parton Imagination Library: free high-quality, age-appropriate books in Spanish for young children in Spanish-speaking families, mailed to the home each month from birth through the child’s fifth birthday




See 2018 Grant Recipients