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Grant Guidelines

 The 2024 Grant Cycle is Closed!

~ Important please read all instructions before applying ~
We no longer accept grants through email or by postal mail.

Updates to Grant Proposal Submission

For more information on how to apply for a grant, please signup for a grant workshop.


Grant Guidelines

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The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible for a grant from The Catholic Foundation: 

  • The applicant must be tax-exempt under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • The grant applicant must either be listed in the Official Catholic Directory of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe (“Directory”), or be actively engaged in a collaboration with a Catholic parish, school, or organization listed in the Directory. The pastor, principal, or executive director of the sponsoring school, parish, or organization must endorse the grant proposal of the collaborating organization. A letter of recommendation from the sponsoring organization, stating the nature of the collaboration and the reasons for supporting the proposal, must be included with the proposal. 

The Catholic Foundation will not accept proposals for:

  • Grants to individuals.
  • Programs whose primary purpose is tuition support.
  • Capital expenditures consisting of land, buildings, or permanent fixtures, for which the total cost significantly exceeds the maximum grant amount.
  • General support or operating expenses. Salary expense may be considered, provided it is directly related to the program and does not extend beyond the 12-month grant period. 

 A maximum of two grants from each organization, school, or parish are being accepted.



Before You Get Started


Preparing a Grant Proposal

Due Dates

  • Large Pre-Grant Proposal Due    
  • Large Grant Full Proposal Due  
  • Small Grant Proposal Due   


Grant Writing Workshops

Our grant writing workshops will offer a tutorial on how to create an account and apply for grants on our grant module. The workshops are offered to anyone who would like to learn the basics of grant writing and how to write an effective proposal for The Catholic Foundation. We strongly encourage all grantees to sign-up on line. All  workshops take place on Zoom and  dates are located below and on the website. The workshops are free, but registration is required to participate.

The 2024 Grant Writing Workshops are closed.

Grant Decisions 

The Foundation’s Grant Committee will review and evaluate grant proposals according to established guidelines, and will submit recommendations to the Board of Trustees. All grant applicants will be notified of the decisions of the Board by the end of July. Successful applicants will be required to complete a contractual agreement before funds are disbursed in September.


Evaluation Procedures 

All grant recipients must report on the expenditure of grant funds and the outcomes of the funded program. Mid-year and final progress requirement notifications with a link will be sent to the grant recipients at the appropriate times. Failure to submit a requirement will disqualify the grant recipient from further funding by The Catholic Foundation. Please be advised that The Catholic Foundation will conduct random pre- and post-site visits during the grant cycle.


For More Information

If you need additional information contact Michele Benavidez at (505) 872-2901, or .