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$94,309.30 in Small Grants Awarded

LANL Foundation recently awarded 39 grants totaling $94,309.30 in the second of two annual cycles in its 2019 small grants funding process. Grants of up to $2,500 in two funding categories support the work of schools, nonprofits and community programs in Northern New Mexico.

Education Outreach Grants worth $56,921.30 were awarded to 24 programs that directly support K–12 public school education, students and teachers.

  • 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 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

Additionally, 15 Community Outreach Grants totaling $37,388 were awarded to programs aligned with the LANL Foundation’s mission and vision of innovative programming, collaboration and advocacy for lifelong learning but are not closely tied to K–12 public education.

  • 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 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 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

LANL Foundation accepts grant applications from public school districts, nonprofit New Mexico educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies and Pueblo/Tribal communities with programs serving one or more of the seven Northern New Mexico counties of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Taos.

In 2019, 90 small grants were awarded totaling more than $215,000.

LANL Foundation will announce a new grantmaking process in January 2020.

For more information, contact LANL Foundation grants manager Sylvan Argo at 505-753-8890, ext 120, sylvan@lanlfoundation.org.

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