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LANL Foundation Awards $82,645 In Education & Community Grants

on October 13, 2017 - 7:45am


ESPAÑOLA— The LANL Foundation awarded 24 grants totaling $82,645 to support education and community programs in Northern New Mexico during the third-quarter grantmaking period.

Ten programs received $41,500 in Education Outreach funding that directly supports kindergarten through 12th grade public school children. An additional 14 Community Outreach Grants totaling $41,145 were awarded to programs aligned with the LANL Foundation’s mission and vision of innovative programming, collaboration, and advocacy for lifelong learning but are not directly tied to kindergarten through 12th public education. Early childhood, adult learning, or community events are a few focus areas that fall under this category.

Education Grants

  • Embudo Valley Tutoring Association: intensive reading training for educators and tutors in Dixon using Wilson and Sounds in Syllables materials and methods to support students in overcoming language learning disabilities
  • James H. Rodriquez Elementary School: equipment to improve student drop-off/pick-up and student/parent safety
  • Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project: bilingual STEM curriculum for students in fourth through seventh grade, field trip opportunities to a petroglyph site and teacher professional development workshop and classroom training
  • Mesa Vista Middle/High School, What's in Your Backyard?: student-produced digital storyboarding utilizing sounds and visuals to highlight the history, people and landmarks of their unique community
  • Moving Arts Española: operational support to sustain and expand kindergarten through 12th grade educational intervention arts programs in the Española Valley and surrounding communities
  • Moving Arts Española, The Reimagining Youth Leadership Pilot Project: three-week student research-based workshop to build critical knowledge and leadership skills and to inform a creative work on immigration policy and its effects in Rio Arriba County
  • Partners in Education for Santa Fe Public Schools, Field Trip to Legislature: transportation for 2,630 students in grades eighth and 12th to visit a State legislative session and attain greater understanding of government process
  • S.O.M.O.S., Young Writers Program: opportunities for youth to express themselves in written and spoken word to increase community awareness of issues such as bullying, alienation, depression, and feelings of hopelessness
  • Santa Fe Alliance for Science, Family Science Events: students and families engage in science education activities and connect with community resources that support STEM learning outside the classroom
  • Turquoise Trail Charter School: inquiry science kits, curriculum and literacy program for academic improvement

Community Grants

  • Barranca Elementary School, Academic Success for Active Investigators: Special Education Preschool program guiding students to think scientifically and mathematically and to solve problems using STEM materials
  • Community Against Violence, Violence Prevention Education: multi-session Voz curriculum offered in six Taos County early childhood classrooms during the 2017–2018 school year
  • Compassionate Touch Network, Breaking the Silence/NM-Mental Illness, Suicide, Anti-Stigma Education: 20 classroom presentations in Northern New Mexico high schools and one adult forum about teen mental health
  • Department of Cultural Affairs, Teacher Professional Development Seminiar: educator participants are introduced to approach thinking, planning, and teaching from a new perspective utilizing the da Vinci technique
  • Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, Inc., Camp CEO: two-day learning experience for underserved teenage girls empowering them to achieve their career goals
  • Homewise, Financial Literacy: bilingual education to help families increase financial stability
  • Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, Workplace Tutoring Groups: tutor training and English reading, writing and speaking support for 80 employees across 15 workplace settings
  • Partners in Education, Mother Tongue Project:  two-generational approach prepares teen parents for college and career success, and involved, literacy-rich parenting improves families’ educational attainment and economic prospects
  • Searchlight New Mexico News: multi-year investigative reporting on child well-being in New Mexico
  • Silver Bullet Productions, Defending the Fire: multiple screenings of a film that encourages a respectful glimpse into the journey of Native American veterans by linking history to current tribal culture
  • STEM Santa Fe, Expanding Your Horizons: dynamic conference to encourage girls in fifth through eighth grade to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Talpa Community Center Association, Inc.: Saturday access to library for students and working community of Ranchos de Taos  
  • Think New Mexico: supporting research into funding allocations in public school system for the state of New Mexico
  • Youth Shelters and Family Services, Boots, Bolos and Boogie Ball: funding for emergency shelter, transitional living and street outreach programs supporting homeless youth in Santa Fe and surrounding counties

Public school districts, nonprofit New Mexico educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies, and Pueblo/Tribal communities serving the Northern New Mexico counties of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, or Taos are eligible to apply for education and community grants of up to $2500. Larger amounts may be given to support promising programs, by invitation.

Due to the large number of grants requested and strong programs supported, the LANL Foundation has expended all of its grant funds for 2017. Fourth-quarter funding will not be provided.

In 2018, two grantmaking cycles will be scheduled for spring and fall. Visit, in January for deadlines and to apply.

For more information, contact Susanne Miller at 505.753.8890 or