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Listening sessions help inform grant process changes

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UWCNM team members hit the road recently to get feedback from nonprofit partners about the Community Impact Fund annual grant process. 

During five listening sessions held with about 170 agency partners from across the four-county region, the team shared changes made over the last two years. They then listened to how get an understanding about how these changes affected nonprofits. Takeaways from these sessions will inform changes which will be implemented before the grant process begins in January 2020.

As we’ve begun to place a stronger focus on families and education to align with our Mission: Graduate and Mission: Families initiatives, we’ve made some improvements to our grants and the process,” explains Melissa Fox, Grants Manager. “These improvements have been made over the last two years and we want to ensure that our nonprofit partners have a great understanding of the process and have every opportunity to receive funding.”

In 2019, United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM) gave out $2.5 million in grants to 64 nonprofit programs in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia counties.

Key improvements include streamlining forms, the incorporation of grants that align to Mission: Graduate and Mission: Families initiatives and an expanded customer services component.

We offer to sit with any agency that has any questions about the process and last year offered feedback to those partners whose grant requests were not accepted,” says Fox.

UWCNM offers three types of grants:

  • Impact Grants that focus on education/youth development and family stability.
  • Basic Needs Grants support emergent needs, such as food and emergency shelter.
  • Capacity Building Grants improve a nonprofit's ability to fulfill its mission.

The team is still accepting feedback from agency reps regardless of whether they participated in these conversations or not.

Link to survey

Contact Kat Bradley at  for more information on the process and training. 

Key Dates:

Nov. 1                   Financial Standards Review window open
Nov. 4-8               Financial Standards Review Training sessions