Grant County Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports nonprofits in the New Mexico counties of Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, and Catron in a range of issue areas. Unsolicited proposals are accepted from local groups on an annual basis.

FUNDING AREAS: Community benefit, arts and culture, libraries, basic needs

IP TAKE:  This small local funder is fairly new on the New Mexico scene and open to learning about new groups and charitable efforts.  

PROFILE: The Grant County Community Foundation (GCCF) is based in Silver City, New Mexico, and serves the state's southwest region. This community funder was established in 2012 with $100,000 in initial gifts. The foundation board undertook a study in 2013 and 2014 to develop its mission and strategy, and received tax-exempt status from the IRS in 2015. This is the first county fund to be established with the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.

Today, GCCF oversees three agency endowments, eight planned gifts, and many fiscal sponsorships. Give Grandly, a foundation fundraising drive, has raised over $360,000 for nonprofits in the four-county region of Southwest New Mexico. Give Grandly issue areas include children, environment, literacy, animal welfare, the arts, community wellbeing, food equity, domestic violence, LGBT issues, historic preservation, senior issues, and veterans. Foundation partners include Bingham’s Lens, the Con Alma Health Foundation, Grant County Commissioners the Lineberry Foundation, Morones & Knuttinen, LLC, Western New Mexico University, and more.

Despite its name, GCCF offers grants to nonprofits in Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, and Catron Counties. In a recent grant cycle, the funder offered three awards of up to $5,000 each. Proposals were due at the end of January, and awards were announced in early March. In addition to GCCF’s unrestricted funds, many grants come from donor-created charitable funds.

GCCF has been a significant supporter of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. In a recent cycle, the fund awarded grants totaling $20,000 to five groups, with $15,000 coming from unrestricted funds and $5,000 through the Sebert Brewer Fund. Grants were made to the Deming Silver Linings, the Virus Theater, Mimbres Culture Heritage Site, the Gila Valley Library, and the Lotus Center. In a recent year, the funder had $201,432 in net assets.

Grant proposals and grantseeker questions should be sent to grantscommittee@grantcountycommunityfoundation.org. This is a funder that seems to be open to a wide variety of local needs and doesn’t specify priority issue areas.

The best contact at GCCF is Barrett Brewer, the board chair, at barrettbrewer@mac.com and (575) 535-4747. There are 16 directors on the board. The address is 1106 North Pope Street, P.O. Box 1767, Silver City, New Mexico 88062.

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