Carlsbad Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Carlsbad Community Foundation supports various causes in the Carlsbad, New Mexico, area. Interests include education, children and youth, special needs, and parks.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, children and youth, special needs, parks

IP TAKE: This is not a large community foundation, but it is a good one to know if you work in education.

PROFILE: With a history that dates back to 1969, the Carlsbad Community Foundation (CCF) is a community funder located in Carlsbad, New Mexico. It began when A.J. Crawford passed away and left a financial legacy behind to establish the foundation. Crawford was a self-made millionaire and a driving force for the commercial development of the city of Carlsbad. He called the area home for over 70 years and contributed to the region’s retail, real estate, ranching, hotels, and banking industries. Crawford gave funds to local organizations, including a $500,000 gift to Carlsbad Memorial Hospital, which became a significant part of CFF’s assets after a hospital merger. Today, the foundation’s areas of interest are education, children and youth, special needs, and parks.

Education is a key area of CCF’s funding. This includes scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a college or university and scholarships for non-traditional and returning students. In a recent round of grants, CCF sent funds to 15 charitable organizations. The main grant opportunity with CCF is the Chevron Catalyst grant program, which is one of CCF’s organizational benefactors. Today, there are many individual and corporate donors who give to CCF. Recent donors include Dr. E.Z. Robinson, La Tienda Foods, and XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil. Other individual and organizational benefactors can be viewed here.

Foundation grants tend to range from $5,000 to $25,000. Learn more about foundation giving by examining the funder’s recent tax records. Grantmaking is centered on Carlsbad, New Mexico and the surrounding areas.

CCF accepts unsolicited grant applications for certain grant programs, such as the Chevron Catalyst Fund. The application period for these grants has typically been open until late-October, and the foundation makes distributions in the first part of the new year. Contact the staff via online form or by phone at 575-887-1131.


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