OVERVIEW: The Frost Foundation funds a wide range of interests with grants in Santa Fe and other New Mexico communities. Interests include human services, arts and culture, children and youth, people with disabilities, homelessness, literacy, food banks, and education.
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: Established in 1959, the Frost Foundation is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was named for Edwin Ambrose Frost and Virginia Chapelle Frost. Grantmaking areas of interest are broad and include human services, arts and culture, children and youth, people with disabilities, homelessness, literacy, food banks, and education.
The foundation supports organizations that are self-reliant, innovative, and creative. Frost provides 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. 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 foundation grants are $2,000 to $25,000. View grant reports here to learn more about past giving. Most grantees are in Santa Fe, but groups in Dixon, Canones, Albuquerque, and other New Mexico towns have seen support, too. Far more grants go to New Mexico groups than to organizations in Louisiana. Frost 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.
The Frost Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. To apply for a Frost grant, send a one-page summary of the 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. If the foundation is interested in a request, it will ask for a full proposal within about eight weeks of the 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. Direct general inquiries to the staff at email@example.com or 505-986-0208.
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