LANL Foundation Awards $53,000 In Education And Community Grants

ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation awarded 21 grants totaling $53,000 to support education and community programs in Northern New Mexico during the first-quarter grantmaking period.
Twelve programs received Education Outreach funding that directly supports K–12 public school children. An additional nine Community Outreach Grants were awarded to programs aligned with the LANL Foundation’s mission and vision of innovative programming, collaboration, and advocacy for lifelong learning but are not directly tied to K–12 public education. Early childhood, adult learning, or community events are a few focus areas that fall under this category.
Education Outreach Grantees
1. CESDP (Center for Education and Study of Diverse Populations), Career Cruising Toward Graduation in Northern New Mexico High Schools: Northeastern Engaging Latino Communities for Education’s (NE ENLACE) purchase of interactive software for four high schools in Española, Pojoaque, and Santa Fe, plus funding for two college field trips to engage students in informed career planning.
2. Española Valley Public Schools, Girls in STEM: support for the program and transportation to the Bradbury Museum where Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists will demonstrate science experiments with the goal of sparking girls’ interest in STEM.
3. El Rito Public Library, Maker Space Support for Youth STEM Inspiration: support for supplies, software, and a 3D scanner for Maker Space weekly sessions in design, 3D printing, and robotics for students in grades 4–12 in the Mesa Vista Consolidated School District.
4. The Forest Stewards Guild, Forest Stewards Youth Conservation Corps: summer employment, job training and career opportunities for 35 young people from rural NM, implementing conservation efforts on public lands and supporting Forest Steward Guild and US Forest Service staff members.
5. Hands-On Heritage, Exploring New Mexico’s Environments and Cultures: books and field trips for 160 students in grades 4–8 from two Santa Fe schools during Hands-On Heritage’s summer program.
6. Monte del Sol Charter School, Listo for Teachers: professional development funding for 10+ Northern NM teachers to attend educational Spanish immersion in Oaxaca, Mexico, which includes TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.) training and certification, building teachers’ cross-cultural competency and instructional efficacy with bilingual students.
7. New Mexico Magazine, New Mexico Magazine Subscriptions for Students Program: free monthly copies of New Mexico Magazine during the 2017–2018 school year for students and teachers to develop awareness of New Mexico’s geography, history, diversity and artistic richness.
8. New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering (NMSWSE), Expanding Your Horizons 2017, STEM Conference: hands-on workshops in STEM where girls in grades 5–8 learn from female scientists in a fun, supportive environment, motivating them to consider pursuing STEM-based careers.
9. Pojoaque Intermediate School, Pathway to Proficiency with Chromebooks: funding for the purchase of 12 personal computers for students in grades 4–5 to engage them with lessons utilizing research, collaboration, and interaction with technology, and to foster confidence and proficiency.
10. Santa Fe Public Schools Native American Student Services (NASS), Art of Academics Through Native Connections: funding for a month-long summer enrichment camp for more than 90 Native American students in grades 1–7, with instruction in English language arts, math, science, and history, plus recreational and exploratory field trips supporting cultural identity.
11. Santa Fe Watershed Association, My Water, My Watershed: funding for a three-day program for 25 Santa Fe Public School students in grades 5–6, introducing them to ecosystems, their watershed, and how to reduce fire risk.
12. Twirl, A Play and Discovery Space, Inc., 2017 Invent Event: Twirl’s Free Community STEM Faire: sponsorship of a community technology fair offering 1,000 students and families from Taos 30 hands-on exhibits to explore, including 3D printing, robotics, solar, and electronics technology, plus delivery of STEAM programming to eight elementary schools serving 780 students.
Community Outreach Grantees
1. Cañones Early Childhood Center, Project Literacy Outreach!: program implementation of age-appropriate, math, and computer literacy experiences for preschool children living in isolated, impoverished, and underserved communities of Northern NM.
2. Habitat for Humanity, Engaging Limited English Speakers as Habitat 2017 Build Volunteers: support for the purchase of Spanish-English instructional materials for 20+ limited-English adults to prepare them as volunteers for the 2017 build of a single-family home in Española.
3. Northern New Mexico College Foundation, Promote College-Going in the Española Valley: sponsorship for the annual community dinner and gala event honoring 95 Northern students and numerous donors and raising funds in support of student scholarships and NNMC faculty, especially in education.
4. Presbyterian Healthcare Services Española Hospital, First Born Dr. Seuss Book Club: support for the purchase of children’s books and activity supplies for 40 families, bringing literacy awareness via a monthly book club where attending families receive a new copy of the book read that month.
5. Prosperity Works, Prosperity Kids—Mora County: implementation and seeding of savings accounts for 160 Mora County Head Start children and financial capability training for parents; accounts become available for higher education costs or transition to adulthood.
6. Quality New Mexico, Learning Summit: funding of registration fees and networking dinner for six NM school superintendents to attend a two-day “best practices” learning event for leaders in business, education, government, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations.
7. Sandoval County CASA, Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Child Advocate Training for CASA Volunteers: an additional four quarterly 24-hour training session for eight new volunteers who will serve the growing number of abused and neglected children in Sandoval County by giving them a voice in court.
8. Santa Fe Baby Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation, Fiesta Para Bebés: sponsorship of a free, day-long health and wellness event in Santa Fe with art, music, and story activities for more than 500 families with young children to learn about available early childhood support.
9. United Way of Santa Fe County, Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Spanish: purchase of age-appropriate books in Spanish for 250 families with children under age five, who are enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in Santa Fe.
Public school districts, nonprofit New Mexico educational institutions, IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies, and Pueblo/Tribal communities serving the Northern New Mexico counties of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, or Taos are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2,500.
Application and instructions may be found online at Grant proposals are accepted quarterly. The deadline for second quarter funding is May 15.
For more information, contact Gwen Perea Warniment at 505.753.8890 or