Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation is presenting a new grant cycle with the largest competitive round of funding the foundation has distributed to date: its 2020 Education Enrichment Grant cycle. Proposals are due on July 26, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. MST.
Through a two-stage application process, LANL Foundation will select twelve recipients to receive $20,000 awards, totaling $240,000 of investment in education across Northern New Mexico. The grant cycle was designed with a focus on equity and access, stemming from the LANL Foundation’s mission, vision, and commitment to listening to the communities it serves, promoting racial and social equity in all its programs and grantmaking. This new grant cycle continues to build on improvements grounded in feedback LANL Foundation received from its grantees through a Grantee Perception Survey conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy in 2019.
Open to schools/school districts, 501(c)3 organizations, and Pueblo/Tribal communities in LANL Foundation’s seven-county service area, this RFP is a call to action to leaders in local school and community-based education to envision and implement change-making ideas. During this time of unprecedented challenges, educators, schools, and districts are anticipating multiple scenarios for a return to school; and nonprofits are adapting programming to embrace delivering support virtually. Thus this is the time when education grants can truly elevate academic strategies for success.
“We are evolving our grantmaking to better serve our communities,” Sylvan Argo, LANL Foundation’s Grants Manager, explained, adding that with grants of this size, the Foundation previously had a closed, invite-only process. “By activating a larger call for proposals, the LANL Foundation hopes to learn more about the inspiring work taking place regionally.”
“This is a unique time for education in New Mexico. We all need to pull together as educators, to learn from one another, think critically about how we are meeting the needs of our students and teachers, and celebrate the amazing work being done in our communities. The Education Enrichment grants are an opportunity for organizations to move forward with their missions to support students and educators in Northern New Mexico. We look forward to collaborating with our grantees to do this very important work,” Mike Dabrieo, Education Enrichment Director for LANL Foundation, shared.
The first round of proposals will ask for bigger picture ideas, demonstrating specific impact in one or more of LANL Foundation’s Education Enrichment Grant Focus Areas:
- College, Career & Pathways
- Growing and Supporting Teachers & Educational Leaders
- Social-Emotional & Neurosequential Learning
The second round of proposals will begin in late August when a select group of applicants from the first round are invited to submit longer narrative proposals, which will be due early September. The grant award recipients will be selected and announced in October 2020.
Through this new grant cycle, the LANL team will develop a Grantee Cohort with a goal to support grantees’ work beyond the grant funding – in other areas such as capacity building, networking, collaboration, and developing partnerships.