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Sign up to be a Community Fund Volunteer

We are recruiting volunteers!

We closed the form but if you are interested in volunteering on a grant panel, please email

UWCNM is seeking community members willing to help review nonprofit program proposals and recommend grant awards. Each year, we work with nearly 100 local volunteers to get this important task done. Volunteers are assigned to Grant Panels, each dedicated to a different community issue. They review a number of written proposals, convene to watch agency presentations and make funding recommendations.

We aim to support effective programs and promising initiatives that measurably improve lives in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia counties. UWCNM grant decisions are community-driven, so we need the help of volunteers from throughout the communities of central New Mexico.

Are you interested in volunteering?

  • Volunteers may choose to participate in approximately ten agency reviews (about 35 hours) OR approximately five agency reviews (about 25 hours), depending on desired level of engagement
  • Volunteers will be assigned to a Grant Panel with five panel members, based on availability, interests, experience, etc.
  • Volunteers will familiarize themselves with the Volunteer Manual and online training
  • Volunteers will attend mandatory training in March
  • Volunteers will review proposals on their own in mid- March
  • Volunteers will attend agency presentations at UWCNM with co-panel members (one or two half-days depending on the selected level of engagement) in late March through mid-April
  • Volunteers will convene with their co-panel members following the presentations to determine recommendations (these are due in mid-April)

Exact dates to be determined by late February / early March (once all applications have been submitted).

If you have volunteered in the past and would like to update your contact information and/or your availability, please follow this link:

If you are interested in the opportunity to serve as a Grant Review Panelist and help ensure that essential nonprofit programs are supported, please email and we'll contact you closer to panel formulation with further details.