For The Love of Community

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Our Focus

Fields of DreamsGrowing a kinder, gentler New Mexico


Our mission is to fund small-to-medium nonprofits working hands on to improve the life, environment and culture of New Mexico.

We began our program in September 2023, and through March of 2024 have awarded about $450,000 in grants to 68 New Mexico nonprofits.  Amounts ranged from $1,000 to $15,000 per award.

Our target this year is to grant $200,000 quarterly.  Our Q2 Grant Cycle is open for applications and closes June 15th.  Application guidelines are below.

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"Thank you for believing in our mission of making college and vocational training truly accessible to all in Northern New Mexico."

— Bridges Project for Education

Grant OpportunitiesA donor advised fund hosted by Vanguard Charitable


To apply for a grant, simply fill out our online application.  At the same time, e-mail a few photos of your program at work with permission to use them in our marketing.  Note:  Even if you have received grants before, we’ll need an annual application.


We review and issue grants quarterly. Closing dates for applications are the 15th of March, June, September and December respectively.  If you don’t receive a grant in the quarter you apply, you can try again later.


We welcome applications from anywhere in New Mexico.


Grass Roots Grants are available to small-to-medium 501(c)3 public charities working locally to further our mission and file either the US-990 or US-990-EZ.

Contact Us

Phone:  505-466-1676




Basic Grants

Basic Grants range from $1,000 to $20,000 annually depending on your program expense.  They’re issued to boost the overall strength of your organization or a particular program.

We’ll release 50% of the total grant in the quarter the application is approved. And, subject to reapproval, we’ll release the balance 6 months later.

Targeted Grants

Targeted Grants help specific hands-on projects grow. (See example at the bottom of Our Grants page.) In addition to the online application, additional project information may be needed for us evaluate your request.  So we recommend you meet with us prior to applying.

These grants typically range from $1,000 to $15,000 per quarter depending on your program expense.

Actual grant awards and amounts are at our sole discretion with Vanguard Charitable giving final approvals.


We exclude organizations under 3 years old, those that are not in good standing with government regulations or are not up-to-date on government reporting.

Faith-based, politically-focused, or research-oriented programs or organizations are not eligible.

Grants do not cover capital expenses, debt retirement or travel or meeting expenses.


Although we’re seeking long-term relationships, this program — or your participation in it — can be terminated at any time without notice.

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