The Frost Foundation

OVERVIEW: Frost funds a wide range of areas with grants in Santa Fe and other New Mexico communities. Grants are awarded twice per year.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, arts and culture, children and youth, people with disabilities, homelessness, literacy, food banks, education

IP TAKE: The foundation does not indicate specific funding topics, so there are opportunities here for many types of small and mid-sized New Mexico groups.

PROFILE: The Frost Foundation is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was established in 1959. It was named for Edwin Ambrose Frost and Virginia Chapelle Frost.

The foundation supports organizations that are self-reliant, innovative, and creative. Frost provides fairly broad guidelines for grantseekers, but alliances, collaborations, and mergers are always appreciated. Grant money goes to general operating funds, program support, and new programs; the funding goes to organizations in the states of New Mexico and Louisiana. View grant reports here.

Funding areas here are similarly broad, with grants regularly going to groups involved with human services, arts and culture, children and youth, people with disabilities, homelessness, literacy, food banks, education. Most grants are $2,000 to $25,000.

Grants have gone to New Mexico groups like Big Sky Learning, Desert Academy, Canones Early Childhood Center, the Adaptive Sports Program, and Court Appointed Special Advocates. Food for Santa Fe, Alliance for the Earth, and Cornucopia Adult Day Services have also received awards. Most grantees are in Santa Fe, but groups in Dixon, Canones, Albuquerque, and other towns have seen support, too. Far more grants go to New Mexico groups than to organizations in Louisiana.

To apply for a Frost grant, send a one-page summary of your proposal—with four copies—to the foundation by the deadline. Deadlines fall on December 1 for the March board meeting and June 1 for the September board meeting. These summaries must be sent by mail. Heed the list of 15 required items in the instructions to include with your submission. If the foundation is interested in your request, it will ask for a full proposal within about eight weeks of your initial submission.

Grant awards are made in mid-March and late September each year, and organizations can expect to receive a decision from the foundation within four weeks after the board meeting. Frost also requires all New Mexico grantseekers submit a copy of the New Mexico Attorney General’s confirmation letter to prove they are up to date with registration and reporting requirements.

Mary Amelia Whited-Howell is the foundation president, Philip B. Howell is the executive vice president, and Taylor F. Moore is the secretary and treasurer. Grantseeker correspondence should be directed to Whited-Howell. There are four members on the board of directors.

General inquiries can be sent to the staff at or phoned in to 505-986-0208. The address is 511 Armijo, Suite A, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501.


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