Grant Seekers



How the McCune Foundation's Application Process for 2021 Funding will Change

The Covid-19 crisis has required all of us to adapt in ways we may never have imagined. Even now conditions continue to evolve as we experience a range of impacts on the people, strategies, structures and other resources that make our work possible in New Mexico communities.

Earlier this year - as Covid-related needs statewide became clearer and proposals for response emerged - the McCune Foundation committed immediately available funding to support the many requests received from New Mexico nonprofits. Included among these were community foundations serving different regions of the state.

These funding decisions, while considering immediacy and urgency, were grounded in our commitment to supporting long-term change, specifically, community-based solutions to systemic problems. The Covid-19 health crisis has been revelatory and we, like you, are still learning.

McCune is staying current with emerging best practices within the funding community - especially within the context of the Covid-19 health crisis. Streamlining processes to minimize the organizational resources (staff, time) required by those seeking funding has become even more critical - especially as grant budgets are impacted by market conditions.

Taking into account what we've learned and understanding that more learning will emerge, for this year, we've modified the McCune Foundation's annual application cycle that takes place August 15 - September 15 (5 p.m. MT). Unlike previous application cycles that were open to requests from any eligible organization, the application cycle for 2021 funding requests will be open only to current grantees whose 2020 funding was approved at this year's February Board meeting (February 29, 2020). These awards were based on an application submitted during last year's open cycle. While these grantees are eligible to apply, final funding decisions will be made by the Foundation's Board at its February 2021 meeting.

Through this adaptation, we hope to contribute to the organizational stability of current grantees and create a bridge to their future sustainability. While we expect that for our existing grantees this adaptation will come as good news, we realize that for those who are not currently funded by the Foundation this may come as a disappointment.

We ask for your understanding and assure you that this change is intended as a temporary adaptation. We anticipate that next year we'll return to the Foundation's longstanding tradition of its open application cycle.

We truly look forward to supporting our grantees in navigating these challenging times!



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.



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.


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  


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