The McCune Charitable Foundation accepts online applications for community-based projects in the state of New Mexico related to our nine Foundation Priorities. The Foundation makes grants for general operating expenses to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, public schools, and governmental agencies. No grants are made to individuals.
The Foundation now has a tiered structure for grant awards, please refer to the “Apply” page on the website that outlines the tiers and the range of awards that are available for funding.
The grants generally run between $1,000 and $100,000. Discretionary grants are up to $5,000 per year. See the tiered grant structure document for more information regarding the larger grants ranging between $10,000 and $100,000 and the eligibility requirements for each tier.
The Foundation awards discretionary grants (small grants up to $5,000) 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. Starting in 2018, all open application grants will be awarded for general operating support.
A brief request stating the name of the organization, purpose of the grant, the requested amount (up to $5,000) and the expected outcome should be emailed to Ernesto Torres, the Grants Manager, at email@example.com
The open application cycle for 2018 funding has passed. However, the McCune Charitable Foundation will be accepting online applications for 2019 funding consideration during the period of August 15 through September 14, 2018. The deadline for all applications is September 14th 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. Please mark your calendars!
The Foundation generally awards only one grant per year to an organization.
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 outlined Priorities and Leverage Points. How can I learn more about the Foundation Priorities and whether or not my work fits within the Priorities?
The Foundation has a Strategic Plan in which Foundation Priorities and Leverage Points have been identified. You can get more information about the Strategic Plan, Foundation Priorities and Leverage Points including the opportunity to view recent webinars by clicking on the “Apply” page on the website: http://www.nmmccune.org/apply.
Applications outside the Foundation Priorities will be considered, but preference will be given to those applications that are most competitive and in alignment with one or more Foundation Priorities.
The priorities do not have a ranking based on order of importance. All priorities are of equal importance and will be given equal consideration.
Funding allocations will be based on the merit of the applications received. Funding will not be divided equally among the different Priorities.
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.
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.
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.
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 Request Title, e.g., General Operating Support – Multi-year and specify two or three) if you would like to be considered for a multi-year grant.
Beginning with funding year 2018, all grants will be awarded for General Operating Support. However, we have different applications forms for the different tiers and depending on whether or not the organization will be applying through a fiscal sponsor. So, please choose the form for the correct tier and whether or not you will be using a fiscal sponsor.
If you have a fiscal sponsor, a representative from the sponsoring organization will need to fill out the application form. They will need to select the application form for fiscal sponsors for the desired tier.
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. (Please note that the password used must be the same one used when submitting your application.) When the application cycle opens and becomes active, complete instructions on how to submit applications will be posted on the “Apply” tab.
We are unable to accept supplementary materials at this time. Please only submit the application form and provide any requested information.
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.
A letter will be sent to each applicant after the Board of Directors’ first meeting of the year (typically in late-February to mid-March). If you do not receive a letter by mid- to late-March, please email Ernesto Torres (Ernesto@nmmccune.org) with your inquiry.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and are reviewed on a regular basis.