Grant Eligibility

Grant Eligibility

The McCune Charitable Foundation supports community-based work in the State of New Mexico that aligns with our nine Foundation Priorities and their corresponding Leverage Points. The best fit for our funding are organizations that work collaboratively across our priority areas to support community well-being and create long term impact, and whose leadership and expertise come from those who are closest to and most affected by the organization's work.

The McCune Charitable Foundation is dedicated to enriching the health, education, environment, cultural and spiritual lives of New Mexicans. Details of the various open application grant opportunities are detailed below. All grants will be unrestricted, general operating grants and must benefit New Mexicans. Organizations can apply for only one grant per year, regardless of category.

The Marshall L. and Perrine D. McCune Charitable Foundation is dedicated to enriching the health, education, environment, cultural, and spiritual life of New Mexicans. The Foundation memorializes its benefactors through proactive grantmaking that seeks to foster positive social change.

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Eligibility Guide

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) non-profit organizations, federally-recognized Native American 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

  • 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


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

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Types of Grants

The Foundation awards:

  • General Operating Support Grants (Annual Open Application Cycle, generally mid-August to mid-September)
  • Discretionary Grants (on a rolling basis during the calendar year)

You can get more information about General Operating Support Grants by scrolling up to Resources for Determining Eligibility in the Eligibility Guide section of this page. Here, you can download the “McCune Foundation's Grantmaking Overview.”

For information about Discretionary Grants, click on the FAQ tab that precedes the Eligibility Guide section of this page. Then click on “How can I apply for a discretionary grant?”

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Foundation Priorities

While the mandate described by the Mission of the Foundation is broad, the Board of Directors has adopted certain Priorities to focus resource allocation. Priorities are based on 1) a real ability to influence positive change in the near term and 2) the probability that change in these specific areas will lead to broader system change in the longer term. These priorities will guide decisions in grant making and other programmatic activities.

McCune Charitable Foundation Priority Area Leverage Point Overview

Capacity Building in the Non-Profit Sector

Scarce philanthropic and other resources in New Mexico contribute to a challenging environment for the state’s non-profit sector. The Foundation supports initiatives that build operational capacities for the sector, developing expertise in communications, finance, leadership, organizational development and other areas.

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Economic Development & Family Asset Building

A Foundation priority is to create and expand the economic base in New Mexico and to view its grant making through an economic development lens whenever possible, in particular supporting programs and organizations that seek to foster entrepreneurship across sectors. The Foundation also supports programs and initiatives that support and help drive growth in family assets across the diverse communities of the state, enabling a broader base of economic stability for our families.

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Education Transformation & Early Childhood Development

With among the poorest- performing schools in the nation, New Mexico needs innovation in its education sector. The Foundation has identified a) school leadership development, b) supporting and scaling locally designed approaches, c) multilingual educational opportunities, and d) a more robust reform infrastructure as key leverage points in transforming education in the long term. The Foundation also recognizes the wide body of research that confirms that interventions in the first 4-5 years of a child’s life present the most dramatic opportunity for influencing later success. The Foundation supports programs and organizations that advocate for policy reforms, provide direct interventions, and build statewide investments in early childhood education and development.

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Leveraging Opportunities In Health Care

The passage and on-going implementation of the Affordable Care Act introduces meaningful changes to the health care environment nationwide. Because of New Mexico’s socioeconomic circumstances, the people of the state are positioned to benefit significantly from some of these changes. Two key barriers to these opportunities being realized are a) lack of education about the availability of these opportunities and b) lack of health care practitioners to meet the growing needs. To take advantage of this structural opportunity to improve the health of New Mexicans, the Foundation supports programs and groups seeking to mitigate these barriers.

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Local Food Industry Development

The dynamics of the existing food system in New Mexico produce poor outcomes for the people of the state. In particular, the system yields poor nutritional outcomes, especially for low-income communities (producing among the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in the nation) and it contributes little to the state economy (as much as 80% of all money spent on food and nutrition leaves the state). The Foundation supports development of market-based alternatives that produce better health outcomes and contribute more directly to New Mexico’s economic well-being.

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Building Links Between Arts and Community Engagement

The arts have traditionally played a significant role in the culture and history of New Mexico and continue to contribute substantially to the state’s economy and civic life. The Foundation supports efforts to build and diversify audiences for arts and culture, particularly programs and organizations that seek to leverage arts, creative expression and aesthetic experiences for the purpose of inspiring and driving higher levels of community and civic engagement.

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Stewardship in Community

As we face growing disruption due to climate change, it is our frontline communities–those who experience the "first and worst" of the consequences of climate change–that will be the primary focus of the Foundation's support. Frontline communities include tribal and rural communities, and in urban areas, lower and middle income families and communities of color living in areas that have been negatively impacted by poor infrastructure and industrial practices.

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Influencing Urban Planning & Built Environments

"Built environment” refers to the human-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging in scale from buildings and parks or green space to neighborhoods and cities that can often include their supporting infrastructure, such as water supply, or energy networks. The Foundation has made meaningful investments in the development of downtown Albuquerque and continues to support the development of built environments across the state. The Foundation will continue to view such developments as critical, supporting strategies that encourage energy efficiency, build civic engagement and support economic development.

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Strategies for Rural Development

New Mexico is the 5th largest state in the nation from an area perspective and has the 36thlargest population, making it a largely rural state with 26 out of 33 counties designated “frontier counties” with six or fewer people per square mile. Strategies and approaches that work in the state’s urban areas often fail in other parts of the state. The Foundation supports strategies and approaches that drive effective economic development, educational advancements and other initiatives benefiting rural areas.

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For more information:

The McCune Foundation Strategic Plan is available for download here:

The McCune Foundation Strategic Plan
Download the McCune Charitable Foundation Strategic Plan

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Grantseekers FAQ

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) non-profit organizations, federally-recognized Native American tribes, public schools, and governmental agencies. No grants are made to individuals.

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New and/or Updated Information

Strategic Plan

McCune Foundation Strategic Plan
McCune Foundation Strategic Plan provides the grantee community and other funders with a clearer understanding of our priorities as a foundation.


New Mexico Collaborative Zone Grant Webinar, Spring 2018: 
May, 2018
A webinar designed to discuss updates and the launch of the New Mexico Collaborative Zone Grant.

Reports and Studies

Grantee Workshops Evaluation Summary
September, 2016
A summary of findings from 5 workshops in June 2016 held to better understand if and how grantee organizations see themselves as interconnected change agents within the system of nonprofits in New Mexico.

More Information on the Foundation’s Grantmaking

More Information on the Foundation’s Grantmaking