Grantseekers FAQ

Who is eligible for a grant from the Foundation? 

The McCune Charitable Foundation accepts online applications for community-based projects in the state of New Mexico related to our nine Foundation Priorities. Grants for operating expenses, programs, and capital expenses are considered. The Foundation makes grants to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, public schools, and governmental agencies. No grants are made to individuals.

What is the dollar amount of the average grant award? 

The average grant award has typically been around $15,000. 

What is the range of grant awards?

The grants generally run between $10,000 and $50,000; however, in rare occurrences the Foundation will make larger grants for larger-scale projects.

What kinds of grants are available?

The Foundation awards discretionary grants (small grants up to $2,500) on a rolling basis and larger grant awards during the open application process. In rare instances, the Foundation will invite an applicant from an organization to submit an application for a specific purpose.

How can I apply for a discretionary grant?

A brief request stating the name of the organization, purpose of the grant, the requested amount (up to $2,500) and the expected outcome should be emailed to Carla Romero, the Administrative Director, at carla@nmmccune.org.

When can I apply for a larger grant? 

The open application cycle for 2017 funding has passed. However, the McCune Charitable Foundation will be accepting online applications for 2018 funding consideration during the period of August 15 through September 15, 2017.  The deadline for all applications is September 15th at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Due to limited staff, we may not be able to help with technical problems the last few days of the cycle, so it’s best to apply early. Note that the open application will only be 30 days for 2018 funding. Please mark your calendars!

Can I apply for more than one grant per year?

The Foundation generally awards only one grant per year to an organization. If the organization has multiple projects that need support, it is best for the group to prioritize their projects and apply for only one in their application. However, the group may consider instead applying for operating support which would allow more flexibility to support its multiple programs.

How long is the grant period?

Most grants are awarded for a one-year period. So, if the grant is awarded in late February, the grant funds should be spent out by the end of the following February. The award letter will explicitly state the start and end date of the grant period.

I have heard that the Foundation has new Priorities. How can I learn more about the Foundation Priorities and whether or not my project fits within the Priorities?

The Foundation has a new Strategic Plan under which new Foundation Priorities have been identified. You can view the Foundation Priorities and download the Strategic Plan by clicking here.

If my project does not align with the Foundation Priorities, can I still apply?

Applications outside the Foundation Priorities will be considered, but preference will be given to those applications that are in alignment with one or more Foundation Priorities.

Are the Foundation Priorities ranked in order of importance?

The priorities do not have a ranking based on order of importance. All priorities are of equal importance and will be given equal consideration.

Will the Foundation’s Grant Budget for the year be split up into 9 parts to accommodate each Foundation Priority?

Funding allocations will be based on the merit of the applications received. Funding will not be divided equally among the different Priorities.

Can multiple organizations apply for a grant together?

Multiple organizations can choose to submit a joint application rather than applying individually. However, one organization will need to serve as the “lead” organization to fill out the application.

The Foundation has indicated that collaboration among groups is highly desirable. What kind of support is available for bringing groups together and getting them to work toward a common outcome?

Discretionary and open cycle applications are welcomed for this purpose. However, due to our small staff, we cannot provide staff support or direct technical assistance for these efforts. Check with your local Community Foundation for support they may offer.

Will Social Services applications still be considered?

Applicants for direct social services will still be considered; however, applications that outline a holistic or family-centered approach that align with the Foundation Priorities will be given preference.

Is multi-year funding available?

Most grants awarded are for a one-year period. Multi-year funding is considered on a case-by-case basis for only a select number of grant awards. To be considered for multi-year funding, the proposed project will ideally be closely aligned with one or more of the Foundation Priorities. Please make a note in your application (in the project description) if you would like to be considered for a multi-year grant.

Is there a separate application for operating support or capital project grants?

Applications for projects, programs, operating support, capital projects, etc. are all collected on the same application form. You should be specific in your program description about what the funds will support.


What if I have a fiscal sponsor?

Two grant application “buttons” are on the website during the open application cycle. If you are applying for a grant under your own organization, click on the Grant Application button. If you have a fiscal sponsor for your application, the fiscal sponsor will click on the Fiscal Sponsor Application button. Your Fiscal Sponsor should submit the application.

I cannot remember my password. Is it possible to retrieve it through your system?

The sign-in page will ask you to enter your email address and password.  If you cannot remember your password, click on, "forgot your password? Click here" and the system will send your password to your email address.  When the application cycle opens and becomes active, complete instructions on how to submit applications will be posted on the “Apply” tab.

I would like to submit additional materials with my application. How can I do that?

We are unable to accept supplementary materials at this time. Please only submit the application form and provide any requested information.

Can I edit my application once I have submitted it to the Foundation?

Once an applicant has hit the “submit” button, the application cannot be edited. However, you can still get into your account and view your application after it has been submitted by logging in with your email and password.

When will I hear whether or not I have received a grant from my application submitted during the open application cycle?

A letter will be sent to each applicant after the Board of Directors’ first meeting of the year (typically in February). If you do not receive a letter by mid- to late-March, please email Ernesto Torres (Ernesto@nmmccune.org) with your inquiry.

If my application is not funded, how can I receive feedback on my application?

Due to limited staff and the high volume of applications, it is not feasible for the Foundation staff to discuss with all applicants the reasons for declining a request or to provide individual critiques of proposals declined. Because the Foundation has limited financial resources, we are able to fund only a small percentage of qualified applicants. This means that many excellent projects, even ones that fall within the Foundation Priorities, may not be funded. Please understand that the decline of a proposal does not mean that the project lacks merit.

I would like to make an appointment with the Foundation staff. What is the best way to go about doing this? 

Due to limited staff resources and the large volume of requests we receive, the Foundation conducts very few pre-proposal meetings. However, all meeting requests should be routed to Catherine Kosak at cathy@nmmccune.org.