Grant Seekers



The New Mexico Association of Grantmakers (NMAG) has compiled a list of resources that can be accessed at New Mexico's Philanthropic Response for COVID-19


There are a number of programs that non-profits can apply for under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The National Council of Non-Profits has a handy chart regarding loan options, eligibility, and application info here.  Another resource rich site for small business owners and eligible non-profits is the Small Business Administration. Guidance and resources can be found here.


McCune Charitable Foundation staff is primarily working remotely to help lessen the potential impacts of the COVID-19 in our communities. We anticipate maintaining remote operations indefinitely, however we will continue to respond to conditions as they evolve. We expect to have a staff member available at the Santa Fe office from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday for essential functions and to answer questions. The office number is 505.983.8300. We realize this is a challenging situation for all of us in New Mexico and will do what we can to support our families and communities.


The McCune Charitable Foundation will be transitioning its current online grants management system to a new system beginning mid-to-late March 2020. This change will be completed in time for the application cycle for 2021 funding:  August 15 - September 15, 2020 (5 p.m. Mountain Time). We ask that you visit our website late July for complete information on the open application cycle for 2021 funding, including application worksheets, links and instructions.

Online applications for 2020 funding consideration were accepted by the Foundation during the period of August 15 through September 13, 2019. The deadline for all of these applications was Friday, September 13, 2019, at 5:00 pm (Mountain Time).

Notification regarding 2020 grant awards will be sent out via email or U.S. Mail no later than late March 2020. If you submitted an application and haven't heard from us by the end of March 2020, please contact Ernesto Torres, Grants Manager, (505) 983-8300.

The online application cycle for 2021 funding will be from August 15 through September 15, 2020, at 5:00 pm (Mountain Time). Please see the “Step Two: Resources When Applying for a Grant” section of this page for the links to the worksheets (2020 funding). These are provided as general examples of the type of information requested in the Foundation's applications.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We kindly request that all grant applicants add or update their organizational and program information in the statewide SHARE NM website as part of our effort to better understand and communicate the resources that are available in our community and promote improved access and collaboration among programs. Thank you for taking the time to provide and update your information.


Step One: Determining Eligibility

The McCune Charitable Foundation accepts online applications for community-based projects in the State of New Mexico related to our nine Foundation Priorities. Grants can be awarded to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally-recognized Indian tribes, public schools, and governmental agencies. Grants cannot be made to individuals.

What We Do Not Fund:

The McCune Charitable Foundation is currently funding a portfolio of work structured around nine (9) Foundation Priorities. Incoming requests that are in alignment with those priorities will be considered.

While we recognize the value of the broad range of work being done by organizations in the non-profit sector, the McCune Charitable Foundation is not currently awarding grants for the following:

  • Direct donations or grants to individuals

  • Direct grants to for-profit institutions

  • Projects in the area of health addressing and/or providing medical research related to particular diseases or conditions

  • Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes

  • Grants to political campaigns, to support political activities or to lobby for or against particular pieces of legislation

  • Programs related to domestic animals

  • Grants for organizations "in crisis" or for debt repayment

  • Development positions within individual organizations

  • Projects that should primarily be funded by local, state or federal government

  • Establishment of endowed Chairs or other permanent academic posts

  • Capacity building for individual organizations

  • Search and rescue operations

  • Historical preservation efforts

  • Community and school teaching gardens

  • Adoption services or support

  • Therapeutic programs

  • Ongoing operating support for well-established charter schools

  • Film projects

  • Arts councils

  • Parochial and private schools

  • Indirect costs for Institutions of Higher Education

Resources for Determining Eligibility:

McCune Charitable Foundation Leverage Point Overview for Grantseekers

Download the McCune Foundation's Grantmaking Overview

Download the Lead Grant Eligibility and Letter of Intent Instructions for the 2021 Funding Cycle

Download the McCune Charitable Foundation's Strategic Plan

Download the McCune Charitable Foundation's Priorities Framework

Grantseekers FAQ

WATCH: The McCune Foundation's June 2017 Webinar 

Step Two: Resources When Applying for a Grant

The resources in this section are provided to help familiarize you with regard to the Foundation’s application process. The worksheets help you understand what information the Foundation requests.

Please Note:  Our online application process for 2020 funding closed September 13, 2019, at 5:00 pm (Mountain Time).


2020 Worksheet for Cultivate Grant Category (No Fiscal Sponsor)


2020 Worksheet for Cultivate Grant Category (Using a Fiscal Sponsor)


2020 Worksheet for Focus Grant Category (No Fiscal Sponsor)


2020 Worksheet for Focus Grant Category (Using a Fiscal Sponsor)


Download the McCune Grant Application Troubleshooting Guide – This guide provides helpful tips about working in our online system.

Online Application Account – If you have submitted an application and you want to see a prior year application, you can log in to your account by clicking this link.



If you need assistance, please call the McCune Offices at 505.983.8300.