Apply for a Grant

CFSNM houses six grant opportunities, along with three annual grant cycles. Please review the following grant descriptions and dates listed below. Deadlines are subject to change at the discretion of the grant agreement and committee decisions.
Grants will open for applications beginning in March 2022. Please look for announcements on our Facebook Page, CFSNM Newsletter and local press releases to stay updated on specific grant openings.



Questions? If you have any application questions please reach out to our team by phone at (575) 521-4794 for immediate assistance or email for detailed inquiries. 


The Advancing Social Equity Initiative- Fellowship, provided by the Aprendamos and Covarrubias Family Foundation led by Ivy Child International, invites applications for the support of organizational capacity building resulting in impactful work and engagements that advance racial and social justice in Southern New Mexico.

The Advancing Social Equity Initiative’s goals are to build the capacity of emerging nonprofits in Southern New Mexico to align with evidence-informed equity models. This initiative aims to seed a pilot demonstration model to ground equity in the fabric of local nonprofits, thereby increasing well-being among staff and constituents with exponential impact in the community. This model may serve as inspiration for other area human service organizations to build collaborative power to ground equitable well-being efforts in the region.

Eligible Organizations: 
• Any Human Services nonprofit in Southern New Mexico, those located in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County area, will be prioritized, with an annual operating revenue under $1.5 million.
• All applicants must have a 501 c3.
• Tribal, native and indigenous-led organizations in the area with a 501c3 are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Advancing Social Equity Initiative- Fellowship , Opens July 5th, 2022 – Closes August 5th, 2022


Drs. Ammu and Rama Devasthali created the Devasthali Family Foundation Fund in 2011 in support of the arts, education, and child hunger in southern New Mexico. This fund seeks to support both new and existing projects that positively impact those living throughout the seven counties CFSNM serves. Non-profit organizations located in Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, Grant, Lincoln, and Luna Counties of New Mexico are encouraged to apply for funding.

Grants typically range from $1,000 to $8,000

The Devasthali Family Foundation Fund is accepting applications for the Spring/Summer cycle of 2022 from March 1 to May 6 at 5:00 p.m. The Fall/Winter cycle of 2022 opens August 31 and closes September 30 at 5:00 p.m.




The Dr. Robert Palmer Grant Fund is offering an opportunity for grants to assist non-profit organizations in improving outcomes in Luna County, NM. Your Community Foundation seeks to support both new and existing projects that demonstrate improvement in the well-being of Luna County residents; to support healthy environments where Luna County residents live, work, and play. The purpose of this funding is to provide non-profit support and demonstrate improved outcomes for Luna County residents as broadly defined by including one or more of the following causes:

  • Animal Services
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Capital projects – Seed funding
  • Collaboration & Coalitions – May have a fiscal sponsor if needed
  • Direct non-profit services
  • Education
  • Health & Wellness
  • Programs that support Luna County residents

The Dr. Robert Palmer Grant Fund is accepting applications for 2022 from March 14 to May 20 at 5:00 p.m.



The Wellness Fund Grant supports non-profit organizations in their efforts to improve maternal/child health and wellness outcomes in southern New Mexico. Non-profit organizations located in Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Grant, Lincoln, Luna, Otero and Sierra counties of New Mexico are encouraged to apply for funding. Maternal/child well-being is defined broadly and may include one or more of the following area focuses:

  • Education (cognitive, language, or social-emotional learning)
  • Direct services
  • Prevention/wellness (emotional, mental, or physical heath)
  • Programmatic support (includes positive relationship groups that pertain to parents/caregivers and children)
  • Social determinants of health (defined as the conditions that influence the places where we live, work, and play–such as our environment, housing, food, education, jobs, etc.)

The Wellness Fund is accepting applications for 2022 from March 14 to May 20 at 5:00 p.m.



The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico Nonprofit Emergency Fund has been set up to assist nonprofits in time of community need, natural disaster, and/or response to overwhelming loss of operational revenues. The fund will be managed and awarded through a volunteer committee.

The Nonprofit Emergency Fund accepts applications on an as needed basis. Look for further information throughout our social media.



The Western Sky Community Care Micro Grant Fund supports nonprofits in improving Dona Ana, Luna, Hidalgo, and Sierra County. Nonprofit organizations located in these counties of New Mexico are encouraged to apply. Nonprofit support in these counties is defined broadly and may include one or more of the following social determinant areas:

  • Economic Stability (employment, housing instability, food insecurity, poverty)
  • Education (early childhood education and development, enrollment in higher education, high school graduation, language and literacy)
  • Social and Community Context (civic participation, incarceration, discrimination, social cohesion)
  • Health and Health Care (access to health care and primary care, health literacy)
  • Neighborhood and Built Environment (access to foods that support healthy eating patterns, crime and violence, environmental conditions, quality of housing)

The Western Sky Community Care Micro Grant Fund is accepting applications for 2022 from March 14 to May 20 at 5:00 p.m.

View Western Sky’s 2020 Impact


Grant Review Process

Once the grant application closes, a multi-stage review process will begin, which occurs over the course of about one month. Some applicants may receive phone calls and/or site visits during this process.

How do we evaluate your application? 

Our grant committees consider the following criteria when making final grant funding decisions:

  • Compatibility with grant guidelines
  • Ability for the non-profit organization/program/project to meet the grant’s mission
  • Demonstrates a community need
  • Financial sustainability of the project/program, as well as financial stability of non-profit organization
  • Increased likelihood that the grant would assist the non-profit organization/leverage additional funding
  • Strength of staffing & partnerships
  • Proposed outcomes/measures of success
  • Proposals will be assessed based on the applicant’s overall organizational strength, community involvement, project timeliness, & successful fiscal management experience

Please contact your Community Foundation team about what activities are eligible and ineligible for grant funding by calling (575) 521-4794 or email