LANL Foundation Announces $1.5 Million In Education Enrichment And Community Outreach Grants


LANL Foundation has announced $1.5 million in grant awards to 48 schools, school districts, non-profits, Pueblos, and tribal communities in their seven-county service area in Northern New Mexico. $1.4 million in Education Enrichment grants was awarded and $100,000 in Community Outreach grants was awarded. Education Enrichment grantees will receive $50,000 over two years and Community Outreach grantees will receive a one-time award of $5,000.

“This was a very competitive cycle and we are so inspired by all of the amazing work being done in our communities,” said Sylvan Argo, Grants Manager at LANL Foundation. “We are excited to learn from these incredible Pueblos and tribal communities, schools and districts, and non-profit partners as they continue their work in collective learning and changemaking in the ecosystem of education across Northern New Mexico.”

LANL Foundation recently shifted its grant-making priorities to provide larger awards to Education Enrichment grantees to increase their impact and to allow for a more systemic approach.

“Our Education Enrichment grants go to those whose work we really want to amplify,” said Michael Dabrieo, Director of Education Enrichment at LANL Foundation. “These folks are a model of excellence and innovation in education and we are thrilled to be making a significant investment in their work.”

The following 28 Grantees were selected to receive Education Enrichment grants ($50,000 over two years):

Assistance Dogs of the West (Primarily serving Taos County)

Audubon Southwest (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

Bridges Project for Education (Primarily serving Taos County)

CAVU (Climate Advocates Voces Unidos) (Primarily serving Tesuque Pueblo, Zia Pueblo, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo, Picuris Pueblo, Cochiti Pueblo, and Navajo Nation)

Chama Valley Arts (Primarily serving Rio Arriba County)

College and Career Plaza (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

Girls Inc. of Santa Fe (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

Keres Children’s Learning Center (Primarily serving Sandoval County)

MathAmigos (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

Mora Independent School District (Primarily serving Mora County)

Moving Arts Española (Primarily serving Rio Arriba County)

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) (Primarily serving Los Alamos County)

Pueblo of Jemez (Primarily serving Pueblo of Jemez)

Pueblo of Pojoaque (Primarily serving Pueblo of Pojoaque)

Pueblo of Santa Ana (Primarily serving Pueblo of Santa Ana)

Pueblo of Tesuque (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

Santa Fe Mountain Center (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

Santa Fe Preparatory School – Rural Opportunities for College Access (ROCA) (Primarily serving Rio Arriba County)

Silver Bullet Productions (Primarily serving Los Alamos County)

Social Emotional Learning Alliance for New Mexico (Primarily serving Taos County)

STEMarts Lab (Primarily serving Taos County)

The Family YMCA (Primarily serving Rio Arriba County)

The Sky Center/ New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

THRIVE Community School (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

True Kids 1 (Primarily serving Taos County)

Twirl (Primarily serving Taos County)

YouthWorks (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

“The LANL Foundation Education Enrichment grant has had a tremendous impact on the growth of our non profit. This large scale multi year funding allowed us to launch and develop a new program from start to finish, which otherwise would not have been possible,” said Agnes Chavez, founder and Director of STEMarts, a current and previous grant recipient. “Coupled with the Foundation’s  excellent support services, it gave us the turbo boost we needed to build our capacity for this new STEAM program.” 

“The Educational Enrichment grant will enable us to ensure that the support we provide is sustainable and we can move forward with our strategy to combine our model of direct delivery of high-quality support services to individuals, with a longer-term focus on strengthening our communities’capacities for supporting all children, youth and adults to have the opportunity to improve their lives through postsecondary opportunities,” said Anne Levine, Executive Director of Bridges Project for Education.

This year, the newly formed Grants Community Advisory Committee helped to guide LANL Foundation’s Community Outreach grantmaking and ensure the funding is supporting the needs of Northern New Mexico communities. 26 volunteer members from around our seven-county region brought a wide range of expertise to the process. This Committee is part of our work in grounding our grantmaking philosophy and practices in trust-based philanthropy. The Council decentralizes grantmaking decisions in an intentional way to include, elevate, and amplify the experience and wisdom of our communities.

“I am honored to have served on this committee, to share my experience and wisdom, and be an accomplice with our communities in pushing back against the historic structural marginalization they continue to experience,” said Anne Gray, Assistant Professor and Director of Elementary Education in the Teacher Education Department at Northern New Mexico College. “The creative ways the applicants are supporting and bringing opportunities to our Northern New Mexico communities are awe inspiring.”

The following 20 Grantees were selected to receive Community Outreach grants ($5,000 one-time):

Cañones Early Childhood Center (Primarily serving Rio Arriba County)

Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

Eleanor Daggett Memorial Library (Primarily serving Rio Arriba County)

Embudo Valley Tutoring Association (Primarily serving Rio Arriba County)

Family Strengths Network (FSN) (Primarily serving Los Alamos County)

Friends of Jemez Springs Library (Primarily serving Sandoval County)

Gerard’s House (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

LEAP (Land, Experience, Art of Place) (Primarily serving Taos County)

Los Alamos Makers (Primarily serving Los Alamos County)

New Mexico State University (Primarily serving Pueblo of San Ildefonso)

Railyard Park Conservancy (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

Rio Arriba Imagination Library (Primarily serving Rio Arriba County)

Sangre de Cristo Youth Ranch (Primarily serving Taos County)

Santa Fe Preparatory School Breakthrough (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

Taos Center for the Arts (Primarily serving Taos County)

Teatro Paraguas (Primarily serving Santa Fe County)

The Paseo Project (Primarily serving Taos County)

Truchas Services Center (Primarily serving Rio Arriba County)

Tutors to Teachers (Primarily serving Rio Arriba County)

“The generous funding that we’ve received from LANL Foundation allows us to continue changing the lives of Northern New Mexico youth by offering the time, space, and support to blossom through theater arts training and performance on a tuition-free basis, so that economics play no part in a family’s ability to enroll their child in our program,” said Bryce Townsend, President of Teatro Paraguas.

Since 1997, the LANL Foundation has been investing in education, learning, and human potential in Northern New Mexico. Through diverse programming and collaboration with key partners, the LANL Foundation works to ensure that all New Mexicans have the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient lifelong learners who are engaged in their communities. LANL Foundation is dedicated to the enhancement of students’ access to academic and technical opportunities, leading to quality jobs by supporting college and career readiness in schools, districts, communities, Pueblos, Tribes, and Nations. For more information visit: