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Grant Guidelines

 The 2024 Grant Cycle is opening soon.

~ 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

  • We highly recommend attending one of our Grant Writing Workshops, where you will learn how to create an account and navigate our application process, along with all the do’s and don’ts of submitting a proposal online. The basics of writing a Catholic Foundation grant proposal will also be covered during these workshops. These workshops are free to anyone interested in writing a grant. All new/first time grant applicants are required to attend.
  • The links provided are for the large grant pre-proposal and the small grant proposal.
  • Both links are automatically directed to the grant site where you will have to create or sign-in to an existing individual account to begin the process.
  • Once you set-up your account, you will receive a confirmation email with your own personal log-in link. For existing grantees, you may be asked to reset your password.
  • Your personal login link is specific to your application and your role to the linked organization. If you have any issues getting logged in, please email m.
  • Once you have created your account, you will not be able to use any other login link to sign into your application.
  • Please make sure to “bookmark” your login in the browser and also save the link on your computer.
  • You will be able to save your application and come back to it at any time. It is important that you continually save your work.
  • Each time you access and save your work, you will receive an email notification. Make sure you check your junk email.
  • If you have any questions or issues please email Michele at .
  • Again, we highly recommend attending a Grant Writing Workshop for more details on how to navigate our application process plus learn about any updates to the forms.


Preparing a Grant Proposal

Due Dates

  • Large Pre-Grant Proposal Due    March 18, 2024
  • Large Grant Full Proposal Due  April 22, 2024
  • Small Grant Proposal Due   April 22, 2024


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 on the website. The workshops are free, but registration is required to participate.

Register for 2024 Grant Writing Workshops here.


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 .