Grantmaker Resources – Philanthropy’s Response for COVID-19

New Mexico Funder’s Support & Response

NMAG Members please share the processes you are implementing in response to COVID-19 and to support Grantees at this time. We are updating this web page on a regular basis.

The Albuquerque Community Foundation (“the Foundation”) and the United Way of Central New Mexico (“UWCNM”) have teamed up on a joint venture to deploy an Emergency Action Fund. Through this Fund, they are accepting requests for short-term funding to support operations of organizations that are struggling with immediate lost revenue and non-recoverable expenses due to COVID-19. Apply Today!

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico has set up a Together Las Cruces Fund in response to COVID-19. The Las Cruces community has faced an economic downturn in response to state-mandated orders, and local tourism and hospitality service workers are among the largest group to feel the effect. Thanks to a group of local restauranteurs, business owners, and philanthropists, residents of Doña Ana county won’t be fighting this battle alone – Together Las Cruces is available to assist families during this time of need. CLICK HERE for more information or to apply. 

Con Alma Health Foundation continues to be engaged and is providing key information resources as well as health related grants to agencies across the State. CLICK HERE for information and resources from Con Alma Health Foundation. 

Los Alamos Community Foundation has set up Nonprofit Emergency Response Funds, as a hub for accepting donations from individuals, foundations, and businesses and distributing 100% of those funds rapidly to nonprofits, with priority to those on the front lines of COVID-19 response. For more information and to donate CLICK HERE

The McCune Foundation has directed a large portion of its remaining discretionary budget to the various community foundations around the state to support their respective COVID-19 Emergency Response Funds to make the funds more immediately accessible. Remaining 2020 grant funding will likely be directed toward relief efforts, pending board input and decisions. The Foundation also retains a small amount of discretionary funding that is available for collaborative COVID-19 crisis relief efforts. To access COVID-19 emergency funding supporting collaborative work from McCune, please visit the McCune website HERE. More information on any potential New Mexico Collaborative Zone Grant activities this year will be forthcoming.

New statewide fund to respond to COVID-19 launches with over $1.1 million. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced a new fund established by the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations to help New Mexico respond to and eventually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The All Together NM Fund will be used to address immediate needs and offer long-term support for the recovery work that lies ahead. CLICK HERE to donate. Or view the press release here: Response Fund Release.

Santa Fe Community Foundation, in collaboration with an ever-growing list of partners, nonprofits and local governments, is activating the COVID-19 Response Fund to provide critical and timely resources to nonprofit organizations on the frontline of serving our communities during this unprecedented time. To donate to the fund CLICK HERE.

Taos Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Response Fund, that will deploy 100% of all contributions into the community. For more information on the fund and to donate, CLICK HERE.

The Thornburg Foundation, a Santa Fe-based family foudnation, has announced $240,000 in grants to support nonprofit organizations serving the homeless, the hungry, children, and families in Santa Fe and Albuquerque who are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Foundation accelerated annual grants to these critical organizations, and then doubled each grant with a one-time operational increase in alignment with the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. For more information or to donate, CLICK HERE. 


New Mexico Government Support & Response

Early Childhood

NewMexicoKids has two live surveys. One to inform who remains open for childcare and one specific to Emergency Responders. CLICK HERE to participate in these surveys

Santa Fe & Santa Fe County


National Funder’s Support & Response

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund: The CDC Foundation has set up a response fund to support localities impacted by the occurrence and spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. For more information or to donate CLICK HERE.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy offers advice (including a recorded webinar) on the roles philanthropy can play during pandemics.CLICK HERE to see their website. 

Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation: Provides emergency grants to help organizations immediately respond to the surge of demand for essential services from people directly impacted by COVID-19. CLICK HERE to donate or to apply. 

Early Childhood Funder’s Collaborative has emerging resources available. CLICK HERE to see their website. 

The Ford Foundation share how US philanthropists are pledging their commitments to provide more flexible funding for their grantees, given the current crisis. CLICK HERE to see their website.

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) is offering philanthropic support to provide emergency mini-grant funds to current, active grantees in their Migration and Forced Displacement Program to help them develop protocols to prepare for and respond to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information CLICK HERE.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation created the Rapid Response: Racism is a Virus Too fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19. The Foundation has allocated resources for the Racism is a Virus Too rapid response grant fund to support Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that provide services for AAPI communities. For more information and to download the RFP CLICK HERE. 

PetSmart Charities has funds are available to support authorized designated responders providing relief during large-scale natural disasters including response to COVID-19. Funds are aimed toward support of rescue, relief, response, and recovery efforts of owned pets. For more information CLICK HERE. 

The Rockefeller Foundation Commits $20 million in COVID-19 Assistance to create a better tracking and management system for COVID-19 and address the needs of America’s workers, families, and vulnerable communities around the world. To read the article CLICK HERE.

Other Funding Resources

New Mexico Caregivers Coalition is offering immediate Caregiver Emergency Child Care Grants to New Mexico’s caregivers and home care workers who have a young child/children (aged 0-12) in child care settings. CLICK HERE for more information or to download an application. 

The World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation are thrilled to announce that the application portal for the Opportunity Challenge: $1 Million to Uplift Immigrant Communities is now open. CLICK HERE. This joint $1 million grantmaking initiative seeks to identify, test, and advance holistic solutions that empower immigrant communities as well as those that address common barriers that impede workforce integration among low-wage workers. 


Business Related Loans

New Mexico Economic Development Department is adjusting its business-loan guarantee programs in order to make capital more available to business owners whose operations are severely impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency. CLICK HERE for more information from the NMEDD and their partners. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term loans for physical and economic damage caused by a declared disaster. All Counties in New Mexico are eligible for disaster loans due to the COVID-19 health emergency through the SBA. CLICK HERE for more information. 


Stay Informed

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH)
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Newsroom (UNMHS)
Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham Newsroom


Resources for Funders

Funding Summary for COVID-19
Candid has released a new page on its website which is tracking the latest funding to respond to the outbreak, as well as related news and RFPs. The page updates automatically as data and news are added to the database. The data is derived from news articles and other sources, and funders who directly share their funding data with Candid. 

Disaster Funding Map
This map is a data visualization application developed by Candid in partnership with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy showing giving for disasters, including coronavirus. 

Rapid Grantee Feedback in a Challenging Time
Center for Effective Philanthropy’s rapid-response grantee feedback tool is designed to help you gather a comprehensive picture of what your grantees are experiencing during the ever-changing context of the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent economic challenges. This five-minute tool is designed to help you identify specific grantees in need of immediate support as well as general themes to help you focus your efforts now.

Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit
The Communications Network started a Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit — to share and crowdsource best practices, resources, and examples of effective crisis comms from foundations and nonprofits covering many of the tasks you’re likely attending to.

COVID-19 – Seven Things Philanthropy Can Do 
As governments, businesses, and individuals scramble to respond to the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic, those of us who work in the social sector rightly ask what we can do to effectively contribute. 


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