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Grant Guidelines

The 2021 Grant Cycle is closed.

~ Important please read all instructions before applying ~
We have made changes to the application process.
We will no longer accept grants through email or by postal mail.

Updates to Grant Proposal Submission

We have purchased a new grant making software that will streamline how grants are submitted. There will be grant workshops/tutorials provided for all our grantees. We highly recommend you sign up for one of these classes.
All grantees will be required to create an account and submit all their narrative and documentation online through our grantmaking software.

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    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. 

    This year, we will begin accepting a maximum of two grants from each organization, school or parish.

    Preparing a Grant Proposal

    All grant proposals must be prepared and submitted on our new grant making module. We encourage you to sign up for the workshop/training to better prepare for the new process. 


    Program Budget Worksheet

    This worksheet is to be completed for the application process. If you have any questions, please contact Michele at  .

    2021 Program Project Budget Worksheet


    Due Dates

    • Large Pre-Grant Proposal Due – April 19, 2021*
    • Large Grant Full Proposal Due –  May 25, 2021
    • Small Grant Proposal Due – May 25, 2021

    *You will be notified by email no later than May 3, 2021, if you are selected to proceed with the large grant proposal.


    Grant Writing Workshops

    This year along with our Grant writing workshops, we will offer a tutorial on how to apply for grants on our new 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 Zoom dates are located on the website. The workshops are free, but registration is required. Workshop registration will begin March 22, 2021.

    Register for 2021 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 before the end of July. Successful applicants will be required to complete a contractual agreement before funds are disbursed.


    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 reports are required and the forms will be sent to the grant recipients at the appropriate times. Failure to submit a progress report 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 .


    Links to Grant Applications

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    Links to Grant Applications

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